Barbara Lynn Johnson passed away peacefully in her daughter’s arms on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at the age of 71.
She was born August 1, 1949 in Binghamton, NY; the first child of Fletcher Richard and Marilyn N. Preuss. The family moved to Richmond, VA in 1954 and then settled in Indianapolis, IN in 1963. Lynn graduated from North Central High School and attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN then moved to Indianapolis, IN following college. She built a successful career as First Vice President of the Mortgage Division at Indiana National Bank (later, National Bank of Detroit) from which she retired in 1994, after twenty years of service, to pursue other passions. Lynn was a natural athlete and loved competition, setting swimming records in her elementary years as a junior olympic swimmer in Virginia. She played tennis and participated in many USTA events both as a player and a volunteer. Golf quickly became her favorite hobby, leading her to life long friendships and adventures around the world; she even got a hole in one! Lynn moved to Atlanta, GA in 1997 to be closer to her parents and siblings. She started her second career, this time in the furniture business following in her father’s footsteps. After a short stint in Sarasota, FL, Lynn moved to Cohasset, MA in 2017 to be with her daughter Alanna, son in law Justin and the two loves of her life; her Grand Daughters.
Lynn found her true calling as a Grandmother, she quickly became known to all as “Gigi” and settled in to her best role yet, caring for and spoiling her two little grand babies. She loved birthdays, especially her own, because she never missed a good party, celebrating loved ones and of course chocolate cake. She had the perfect outfit for any occasion and was always so well put together. She loved animals and was always willing to take in a stray; she leaves behind her two beloved kitties Spike and Lil Kitty. Lynn was strong, passionate, smart, beautiful, colorful and most of all, full of grace. She has more friends than could be counted and made them easily in every place she lived or visited. Lynn even managed to befriend the nurses and doctors in the hospital during her many visits in the last year - always requiring them to dance before they were allowed to poke or prod. She fought her toughest battle with no single complaint and set an example of optimism for all of us left behind. To know her is to love her.
Lynn is survived by her daughter Alanna (Justin) Skeels, two grand daughters Olivia Lynn and Kaylee Anne; her mother Marilyn N. Preuss; her siblings Cele (Jim) Bullis, Robin Preuss, Rich (Beth) Preuss and Jud Preuss; Step daughters Christy Johnson Crow and Stephanie Johnson Alias; eleven nieces and six nephews, nine great-nieces and a great-nephew. She is preceded in death by her father Fletcher Richard Preuss and her niece Katie Preuss.
The family would like to thank the Norwell VNA Hospice team for the care and support they’ve provided during the most difficult of times.
Due to Covid, a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Breast Cancer Care and Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 danafarber.org