Johnston, Fanny L.p.

April 03, 2003

FANNY LYON PEARRE JOHNSTON, known as Pansy to her husband and Fan to everyone else, was born in Baltimore County in 1914 and raised on her family's historical farm, Wester Ogle, a land grant from the King of England. She married from across the Green Spring Valley to Bartlett F. Johnston and they lived on his great-grandfather's farm, Burnside, until 1945. At the urging of her uncle Moncure Lyon of Black Oak Farm in Purcellville, VA, the family moved to northern Virginia, farmed near Waterford, and later moved to Hamilton. A whimsical sense of life, Fan engaged the world on her own terms. Though fanciful and occasionally flamboyent, she nevertheless took to heart the practicalities of farm life. She and Bart raised five children and Fan made and sold tons of pickles, holiday cakes and plum puddings under the label Fantasties-as always, pun intended. She started Waterford Boys Club, sponsored Catoctin AA for over 40 years and, as a volunteer, drove untold miles for the Red Cross. Her humor, her stories, her sense of artistry, and her dare to challenge what for others are the routines of life will be missed by her husband, her children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, her siblings and dozens of cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Purcellville on Thursday April 3rd at 2 p.m. Interment will take place Saturday April 5th in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Garrison Forest, MD at 1:30 p.m. A memorial service will follow at the church at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to one of the following would be appreciated: A.A. World Services, Inc., Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163 or Hospice, Loudoun Clinical Office, 209 Gibson Street NW Ste 202, Leesburg, VA.

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