SACO — Gladys Brown Johnson, 94, passed away Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, surrounded by her family, who loved her very much.

She was born Aug. 22, 1921, in Saco, Maine, on Temple Street, to William G. and Beulah (Kenison) Brown.

She attended Saco Schools and Thornton Academy.

Gladys met her husband, Walter (Bud), when he followed her home from a dance. Walter was in the Army and stationed at the old shoe shop on Park Street. A month later, they were married at the Congregational Parish house on May 23, 1942, and were together for almost 74 years.

Gladys was a member of the United Baptist Church for several years, where she was a deaconess and on several committees. She was a member of the Eastern Star Annette Chapter in Saco.

Gladys and Bud spent many years on Kennebunk Pond at their camp before moving to Florida. They had many good times enjoying their children and grandchildren at the Pond.

The couple lived in Punta Gorda, Florida, for 14 years. They moved back to Saco to be closer to their family.

Gladys worked many years at the Pepperell Mills in Biddeford, retiring many years ago.

She was predeceased by: both of her parents; one son, William Johnson, in 1985; two granddaughters, infant Doria Johnson and Kimberly D. Kline; and one grandson, Keith Kline.

She is survived by: her husband, Walter; daughters Joan J. Hurrell and husband Robert of Saco, whom she lived with, and Debra Sena and husband Frank of Saco; and a daughter-in-law, Doria Johnson of Colchester, Connecticut. She is the proud grandmother of Teddy Milne Jr. of Wisconsin, Catherine Nichols and Timothy Milne of Saco, Todd Milne of Portland, Kari Coyne of Kennebunk, Brian Hurrell of Colorado, Alison Kline of Saco, Amy Moscati of New York and Benjamin Johnson of Florida. Gladys is the great-grandmother of 15 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Gladys enjoyed her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren’s visits so much.

Gladys is also survived by her sister, Beverly Libby of Gorham, and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral and Cremation, 365 Main St., Saco, with a funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. Rev. Beverly Lowell of United Baptist Church will officiate. A reception will follow at the United Baptist Church Vestry. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association, New England, 10 Speen St. 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701. For those wishing to post condolences, please go to