“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’”—Matthew 19:26
Laura Esther Johnson, 38, of Kingston, Massachusetts, passed away in her home October 26, 2019. She died unexpectedly from complications of heart issues that she had had since birth.
Laura was born May 4, 1981 to Steven and Joanne Johnson. She graduated from Hollis Brookline High School in Hollis, New Hampshire in 2000 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts in 2004. She worked as an alcohol and drug rehabilitation counselor at UMass Memorial Community Healthlink Agency. In 2012, following a major medical episode, she retired from full-time work but continued to stay as active as her health allowed. She was a volunteer at a local animal shelter, the South Shore Hospital gift shop in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and the Kingston Public Library.
She had an artistic gift and loved doing all kinds of crafts, including baking, knitting, jewelry making, quilting, painting, and drawing. She was an animal lover and doted on many cats and her rabbit, Oliver.
Laura had a strong faith. She believed that with God all things are possible, and that life is faith.
That faith gave her an inner strength so that despite her health issues, Laura was independent and resilient. Everyone who met her, loved her, and anything she set her mind to, she accomplished. She knew how to find true joy in life and how to live in the moment.
Laura is survived by her beloved parents, Steven and Joanne Johnson; her sister and best friend, Lisa Franco;and Lisa’s husband, James Franco, who she considered a brother. She is also survived by many friends, her rabbit, and many cats.
A funeral mass will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 272 Main Street, Kingston, Massachusetts. Light refreshments will follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the cardiology department at Boston Children’s Hospital in memory of Laura. Contributions can be made at bostonchildrens.org/givenow.