Caryl Ellis Johnson, 98, of 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden passed away August 31, 2004. She was born in Albany, NY and graduated from Smith College in 1927. She leaves three children: James S. Johnson, Jr. of North Haven, Mary Alice Frankenberger of New Haven and Joan Stone of Durham, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Her husband, James S. Johnson and a son, Albert J. Johnson predeceased her. She was an active community volunteer and member of the: Smith College Club, New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, New Haven Symphony Board, New Haven Badminton Club, New Haven Tennis Association, Elm Haven Well Baby Clinic, Leila Day Nursery, United Fund Board, Foote School Board, Jewish Family Service, Smith College Scholarship Fund (Pecan Chairman), Creative Arts Workshop, North End Club, Yale Art Gallery Associates, New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven Chapter of the Red Cross and Congregation Mishkan Israel. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, Sept. 3, 2004 at 2 p.m. at Mishkan Israel Cemetery, New Haven. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements in care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. Loving memories of a wonderful lady. My sincere sympathy to all of the family. She will always be remembered for a smile and thoughtfulness.

  2. Such a classy lady! It was a pleasure to know her and talk with her from time to time at Smith Club meetings. She was not just the .Pecan Lady. but a wealth of information about Smith events and personalities. I also remember stories she told me about her Whitney Avenue house (which she sold to my friend Doss Venema)and her knowledge and enthusiasm for old New Haven and Hamden. She was truly a treasure and I\’m so glad her life was long and filled with family, friends and experiences. May her memory be a blessing for us all. With all good wishes to her family.

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