In Loving

Olive Mae Johnson

Sept. 27, 1920 – Nov. 20, 2019

Mrs. Olive Mae Johnson (Dobson), age 99, of Lovettsville, Virginia has passed away in Midlothian, Virginia on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

She was born on September 27, 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the oldest daughter of the late Dr. William Marshall and Edna Brett Dobson.

Olive was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin E. Johnson; her sister, Jessie Dobson Salmon, and her daughter-in-law, Lee Barker Johnson.  She is survived by her two sons, Eric William Johnson and Carsten Carl Johnson (Karen Johnson); two grandchildren, Katherine “Katie” Johnson Rusch (Eric Rusch) and Rebecca Johnson Peters (Jim Peters); and one great-granddaughter, Ellis “Ellie” Everly Rusch.  She is also survived by numerous other members of her extensive family who love her dearly.

Olive lived a remarkable, fulfilling life.  An accomplished musician and graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (class of 1942) and attended the Julliard School of Music, Olive played and taught piano until well into her 90’s.  She was a beloved music teacher for the Loudoun County school district for over 40 years, and a violinist for the Loudoun County Orchestra.  She played organ for Grace Episcopal Church in Brunswick, Maryland, and also for St. Peters Episcopal Church in Purcellville, Virginia, and was an active member of the church choir well into her 90s.  Recently, she was a regular attendee of the Brandermill Church in Midlothian, Virginia.  Active until the very end, she voted in the most recent November elections and regularly went out on boats on the Brandermill Lake.

Olive spent summers at her beloved family beach cottage in Groton Long Point, Connecticut.  The cottage was built by her parents in 1928, and her family continues to gather there yearly every July/August.  She enjoyed her last summer at the beach just this past August 2019.  There, she was also a seasonal member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mystic, Connecticut.

An avid swimmer and diver, she was a member of her collegiate dive team and continued to swim and dive until well into her 90s.  Up until recently, she could often be seen on her daily swim and diving off the dock on South Beach in Groton Long Point.

She was fluent in German, and traveled extensively through Europe and Germany well into her 80s.  She will be missed by her many family members, friends and acquaintances throughout Europe.

Olive was a kind and doting mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, musician, and friend.  She touched the lives of many throughout her community, and her presence will be missed by all who knew her.

Memorial service will be held at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Purcellville, Virginia on December 7th at 11 A.M.

Memorial Service


St. Peter’s Episcopal Church


Sat., December 7, 2019


11:00 A.M.

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  1. Jeanne Salmon November 22, 2019 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I want to wish my beloved Aunt Ollie, Vaya con Dios (Go with God). She was an amazing woman and will be sorely missed. From her extended family – nieces, nephew, great nieces, and great nephews, we all wish her family peace and love.

  2. Teresa Fletcher Gunnell November 25, 2019 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Mrs. Johnson was the first to introduce most of the children in Lovettsville Elementary to music. I am 58 years old and to this day I still sing Oh senor Don Gato was a cat, on a high red roof Don Gato sat. He was there to read a letter meow meow meow. Where the reading light was better meow meow meow ‘‘twas a love note for Don Gato.
    She was so full of life and energy. She left an impact on so many of our lives.

    Peace and comfort to your family

  3. Carolyn Burks Morehead November 25, 2019 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful person. I never met her, but from this obituary I would love to have met this remarkable woman. May God and your good memories help to sustain you at this time. Blessings to all.

  4. Cecelia Carpenter Cole November 27, 2019 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I was sorry to see this. She was a wonderful lady and musician.Enyoyed her company and teaching with her. You have my deepest sympathy.

  5. Page Weadon November 29, 2019 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    I an so sorry about your family’s loss.

    She was my piano teacher when I was in second grade at Hillsboro Elementary School. We would all sing the songs as she played the piano for all the plays and performances we had. She always got along very well with students and other people. She directed and guided the students in achieving classroom success, and as a result she was often recognized by her superiors for her accomplishments.

    She was a “people person” and always made friends with everyone she met. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Page Weadon and Family

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