Ella Lamont Johnson, 95, of Middlebury


MIDDLEBURY — Ella Lamont Johnson of Middlebury died on Sept. 11, 2022. She was born on July 13, 1927, in Allentown, Pa., the daughter of Robert L. Lamont and Ella F. Lamont (Overholt).

She earned a B.S. in Fine Arts at Skidmore College in 1949 and pursued graduate work at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Columbia Teachers College, and SUNY New Paltz. While living in New York, she taught art in public schools in Ticonderoga and Goshen, N.Y., and was the education officer at the Hall of Fame of the Trotter in Goshen, N.Y.

After she and her husband moved to Vermont in 1970, she worked as a staff member at Vermont State Craft Center (Frog Hollow) in Middlebury, Vt., and the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt. She was also a freelance writer for the Vergennes Vermonter and the Addison Independent. As an artist, she made detailed pencil sketches and ran a craft business (Eltom Crafts) with her husband, depicting the sights and seasons of Vermont in watercolor, printed serigraph, and greeting cards.

She was fascinated by history. She focused on researching her family’s ancestry and the Town of Addison, Vt. — participating in the Addison Historical Society, and uncovering the history of her 1800s Addison farmhouse. She and her husband loved exploring Vermont by road bike and cross-country ski. She spent much time tending to her backyard gardens, cooking what her garden produced, and looking after beloved family pets.

She is survived by her sister Jane Lamont (Pennsylvania), grandson Peter Egolf (Vermont), daughter Jeramy Johnson Jones (Oregon), granddaughter Rhone Boyle Wasoski (Oregon), and great-granddaughter Jacy Wasoski (Oregon). She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Johnson; daughter, Dr. Pegram Johnson; and sisters Margret Davis (Lamont) and Betty Jean Davenport.

Ella requested no memorial service, but her family invites anyone who wishes to share their memories of Ella to do so at [email protected]. Donations in her memory can be made to Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society.◊

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