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Vera (Lemon) Johnson

March 29, 1937 ~ August 7, 2021 (age 84)


Cambridge-Vera Johnson, 84, of Cambridge, went to sleep on Saturday, August 7, 2021, unexpectedly after a lovely swim with friends.

Anyone who knew Vera, knew her by her laughter and good nature.  Her love for LIFE, meeting new people, traveling and trying new adventures were her passions.  Most were surprised that she worked up to 2 years ago, because she was full of life and vitality!  Vera was a spiritual being who enjoyed engaging in spiritual conversations.

Vera was an accomplished chef, working at high-end restaurants.  She danced with Red Foxx and worked for Bea Arthur (one of the Golden Girls) where she was exposed to much of the celebrity lifestyle during her employment.  Many will miss her laughter and great sense of humor.

Vera is survived by sons, Charlie Sanders (Phyllis), Willie McGowan, daughters, Ada McGowan, and Virginia Lockett-Baaith (Rasheed). Brother, Uston Lemon, Jr, two sisters- Helen Glover and Fannie Glover (Samuel Lee Thomas III). Mark Sanders (nephew, special relationship).  Grand-children-18, great grandchildren-22, great great grandchildren-6.  A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

She is predeceased by three sons- Samuel Roger Sanders, Jerome McGowan, and Johnny Lee Sanders; parents Ada and Uston (Ding) Lemon; brothers-James Lemon, Johnny Lemon, Joseph Lemon, and one sister, Harriett White. 

Eulogy by Webster Carroll, followed by remarks from family and friends will take place Friday, August 13, 2021 at 11am on the lawns next to Nichols-McCain Family Cemetery, 179 Scotch Hill Road, Cambridge, NY 12816.  In celebration of Vera- blue balloons (Vera’s favorite color) will be released in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made in memory of Vera Johnson to the Salem Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 360, Salem, NY  12865.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
August 13, 2021

11:00 AM
Nichols-McCain Family Cemetery
179 Scotch Hill Road
Cambridge, NY 12816


Salem Rescue Squad
P.O. Box 360, Salem NY 12865

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