Roselle Flynn Johnson

SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Roselle Flynn Johnson of Kennebunkport and Sea Island, Ga., died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, surrounded by her family. Roselle, or “Mimi” as she was affectionately known to her six grandchildren, was born on Nov. 28, 1949, in Portland, the daughter of Roselle Cassidy Flynn and Raymond Martin Flynn. She was the eldest of six siblings and grew up in Sanford, where her father was the postmaster. Roselle attended Convent of the Sacred Heart in Noroton, Conn. and later attended Wheaton College and Bowdoin College, where she was in the first class of women, before graduating with a degree in English from the University of Vermont.Roselle met Steven G. Johnson, the love of her life, at 16, while they were both working at Kennebunk Beach–she was waiting tables at the Cove House and he was teaching tennis at Edgcomb Tennis Club. Roselle and Steve were married at St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Kennebunk on July 4, 1970 and shared over 51 years together.As newlyweds, Roselle and Steve lived in Brunswick and shortly after moved to Vermont and then to Georgia for his medical education, during which time they welcomed three children-Christopher, Siobhan and Grainne. They returned to Maine to raise their family, living between Portland and Kennebunkport for the next 30 years. During this time, Roselle was inspired by her work with Greater Portland Landmark, Portland Symphony Showhouses and the Kennebunk River Club. Roselle was a fixture around town, always while wearing an appropriately fun pair of shoes!Roselle was most proud of her family. She cherished the time she and Steve spent with their children and grandchildren. At family gatherings, of which there were many, Roselle would effortlessly display her remarkable cooking talents to the delight of all. In the summers on Squirrel Island, Roselle loved sitting on the front porch, watching the grandchildren play while she knitted them the most beautiful hats, sweaters, and scarves. When not with family, Roselle was happiest traveling with Steve. Together they spent time on safari in Africa, sailing on the Windstar throughout the Mediterranean, and most recently exploring the Bahamian islands.In more recent years, Roselle and Steve realized a lifelong dream and moved to Sea Island, Ga. Sea Island has always been special to Roselle’s family-her grandmother spent her honeymoon there in 1928 and the family has continued to visit ever since. Upon moving to Sea Island, Roselle made family her first priority, as always, and set herself to renovating her new home in order to welcome them for frequent visits. Each April, the entire family would gather in Georgia, and each time, Roselle would make a point to say how proud and happy it made her to share that time together in that special place.Roselle leaves behind her husband, Steven G. Johnson; and her adoring children Christopher C. Johnson (Heather N. Johnson) of Jacksonville, Fla., Siobhan M. Lindsay (Penn G. Lindsay) of Yarmouth, Grainne J. Archer (Norman M. Archer) of Kennebunk. Mimi was especially dear to all six of her grandchildren, Declan T. Archer, Miles C. Johnson, Grace M. Archer, Thornton (Gray) Lindsay, Emmeline N. Johnson, and Metta M. Lindsay.Condolences may be expressed at http://www.EdoMillerandSons.comEdo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to theGolden Isles Youth Orchestra: GIYO,P.O. Box 603,Brunswick, GA 31521

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