Kathryn H. Johnson Raised poodles

January 19, 1991

Kathryn Hayward Johnson, who raised poodles, collected Japanese art and miniature trees and played cello, died Tuesday of complications to cancer at a hospital in Valparaiso, Ind.

Mrs. Johnson, who was 92 and had lived for many years in Bolton Hill, moved to Valparaiso to live with a daughter after the death in 1980 of her husband, Gerald W. Johnson, an author, reporter and historian who was an editorial writer for many years for The Baltimore Sun.

The former Kathryn Dulsinea Hayward was born in Atlanta and graduated from Goucher College in 1919. She married in 1922 and came to Baltimore four years later.

She owned and operated Ardlussa Kennels at her home and later kept a collection of bonsai, Japanese miniature trees, in the back yard and collected netsuke, Japanese figurines.

She played cello, often in groups that included her husband on flute and their daughters on violin and piano, providing the basis for one of his books, "A Little Night Music."

She volunteered at a Civil Defense Filter Center during World War II.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Sliger of Valparaiso and Dorothy van den Honert of Pittsfield, Mass.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

No services were planned. Relatives suggested contributions be made to The Willows, a nursing home in Valparaiso where Mrs. Johnson lived for the past two years.

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