PAULINE ELIZABETH JOHNSON

    Pauline Elizabeth Johnson (nee Paget) passed away peacefully after a long and painful illness on May 21, 2007 at the Rideaucrest Home in Kingston, Ont.
    Her devoted husband, Paul, and her three children, Howard, Judith, and Nancy, were by her side.
    Pauline was born Jan. 29, 1927 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Ethel Jane and John (Jack) Paget. After attending Fort Frances High School, she began her teaching career at age 17 in a one-room school house in the Finland area near Emo, Ont.
    Her next assignment took her to Miscampbell in 1945, where she met and became engaged to her future husband.
    Pauline and Paul immediately knew that they were destined for each other, and were married on Dec. 20, 1947. They shared the same initials and a strong and abiding love for 59 years of marriage.
    In later life, Pauline studied literature and psychology to inform her practice as well as to better understand the human condition. She was a passionate proponent of social justice, intolerant of the inequities she saw around her, and a lifelong advocate of the rights of women and children.
    Pauline left unpublished three detective novels. She believed detective fiction to be a moral genre, its form and structure cathartic as the reader is allowed, vicariously, to investigate, understand, and emerge—however tenuously and briefly—victorious over evil, champion of the good, the fair, and the just.
    Pauline’s poems for children, notably “Rain” and “A Dragon Came to Our House,” have been illustrated by her daughters and will be released later this year.
    About her “dragon” visitor, metaphor for her diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in the 1980s, she wrote:
It’s hardly fair that he be there
To take the place of fun
But there he is, and there he stays,
And nothing can be done.
    Pauline neither complained about her chronic pain nor allowed interference from others in the stoic course of management she chose for her illness.
    A principled and forceful woman, Pauline had a profound impact on all who knew her.
    She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Paul; children, Howard Johnson (Cathy), Judith Martin (Ned), and Nancy Paul (Steve); grandchildren, Oona (French), Jay, Grace, and April Martin, and Sarah and Paul Johnson; and great-grandchild, Everett French.
    She also is survived by her brother, Arthur Paget.
    She was predeceased by her father, Jack Paget; mother, Ethel Jane (Bishop) Paget; and sisters, Olive (Lewis) and Ruth (Fostey).
    Cremation has taken place according to Pauline’s wishes (Simpler Times, Kingston).

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