Bernice May Johnson, 94, of Cornish, NH died on Monday morning, April 6, 2015 at her home. She was born in Claremont, NH on May 9, 1920 the daughter of James Brewster and Laura Grace (Skinner) Fitch and was a lifelong resident of Cornish, NH
She had worked for the State of NH Employment Services in Laconia then transferred to the Claremont offices in 1942. In 1943 she went to Washington DC as a secretary to US Congressman Foster Stearns, and then worked for a corporate lawyer, Norman Littell. In 1947, she became the Cornish Town Clerk where she would work for 19 years. She also worked for the St. Gaudens Bookstore from 1989 until 2002.
Bernice was a member of the Cornish Grange #25 for over 50 years, was a charter member of the Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Garden Club and a member of the United Church of Cornish. She was on the board of Library Trustees and the Cornish Honor Society. She was a past director and secretary for the Cornish Fair Association.
The family includes her children, Stephen and Bev Grimes Johnson of Bradford, VT, Bruce and Chris Johnson of Westminster, CA, Ronald Johnson of Plainfield, Beth Brown of Newport and Robin and Michael Monette of Cornish; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren; her brother, Howard Fitch of CA, also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Conan Arby Johnson in 1999, whom she married on June 1, 1946; two grandson, Robert and David Johnson; two brothers, Orville Fitch and Wendell Fitch and three sisters, Clara Fitch, Bethena Wooten and Laura Woodward
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