Margaret Drew Johnson

Margaret "Peggy" Drew Johnson, beloved wife of the late Walter A. Johnson, passed away peacefully at home on April 17, 2022, at the age of 98. Born in Hartford, CT on March 9, 1924, Peggy lived in Cromwell since the age of 8. She graduated from Middletown High School in 1942 and The Morse School of Business in Hartford in 1944. Shortly afterwards, she enlisted in the US Naval Reserve WAVES and honorably served in World War II. Peggy met her future husband Walter while both were serving during the War at Quonset Naval Air Station in Rhode Island. They were married in May 1949, and together built a home on Harrison Drive in Cromwell, adjacent to the houses of her two sisters and their families. Peggy lived in that home for 71 years until her passing.

Peggy had a successful career as a bookkeeper, and was able to retire early. She enjoyed winters in Florida for many years. For decades she actively volunteered her accounting skills for several organizations, including the Cromwell Belden Library. She assisted at the American Red Cross Blood Drives across the state and volunteered at Middlesex Memorial Hospital. Peggy was a long-time parishioner of the Bethany Lutheran Church. She always enjoyed having a cat as a pet. A glass of wine with friends and family was a tradition. Peggy gardened, played golf, square danced, read extensively, and did all sorts of needlework. She created beautiful afghans for all her extended family, especially newborn relatives. Following the UConn Women's Basketball Team became a passion. Outdoor activities were also a favorite, especially camping and going to the beach. She excelled at solving puzzles, and was one of the rare persons able to solve 3D Sudokus. Those who had the good fortune to know her well were treated to a loving, smart, witty, and caring woman.

She will be greatly missed by all. Peggy is survived by sons Peter A. Johnson (Mary) of Phoenix, AZ and David W. Johnson (Gloria) of Lebanon CT and grandchildren Eric D. Johnson of Meriden, CT and Nicole L. Johnson of Colchester, CT. She also leaves behind a large extended family, including many beloved nieces and nephews and their spouses and children. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Dorothy Drew, and sisters Marjorie Brainerd (Edward) and Lillian Berggren (Harold).

A graveside service will be held on June 25th at 11:00am in the Connecticut State Veteran's Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown where full military honors will be accorded. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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