FAYETTEVILLE, GA.—Beryl Beatrice Lawrence Johnson was born in Chichester, England, on June 24, 1921, and succumbed to congestive heart failure in Fayetteville, Ga., on May 17, 2019.
Bea (as many knew her) grew up in Hamble-le-Rice, England, and was the only child of Edward and Joan Lawrence. During World War II she worked at Air Services Training where damaged Spitfires were repaired and returned to the RAF.
In 1949, Bea immigrated to the U.S. and lived and worked in New York City for seven years and loved it. After marrying, she lived briefly in Florida, then settled in Kilmarnock, which was her home for almost 60 years.
Bea loved to play Scrabble, read nonfiction books, and most of all, hunt for interesting objects while beachcombing. Bea was curious about life and was a stickler for proper grammar.
She lived independently until about three years ago, when much to her irritation, that independence became just beyond her abilities. She moved in with her daughter, Jennifer, and grandchildren, Dylan and Lauren, in Georgia.
With the help of a couple of hospice nurses and nursing assistants (thank you Carla, Celeste and Twiggy), tremendous patience and care by her grandson, Dylan, and with her daughter, Jennifer, doing the best she could, we managed. Bea was reasonably content until the end.
She is also survived by her son, Peter (Dixie) Johnson of Longmont, Colo.
Following her wishes her body was donated to Emory University School of Medicine. There will be no service and the family suggests a donation to the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck if a remembrance is desired.