Victoria Hartley Johnston

PORTLAND — Victoria Hartley Johnston, 67, passed away April 2, 2013, at Mercy Hospital due to complications following emergency surgery to repair a perforated ulcer.

Vicky was born in Toledo, Ohio, and grew up in Indianapolis, Ind. She attended Tudor Hall School in Indianapolis and Elmira College in New York. She lived in Massachusetts for most of her adult life, and met her future husband there. She also spent part of every summer at her family’s cottage on Great Cranberry Island. She was married to her husband there in 1970. Vicky worked as a newspaper reporter, a fund-raiser, and, after earning her MBA degree from Simmons College in Boston, she worked as a budget administrator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2009, after she and her husband both had retired, they moved to Portland. Vicky enjoyed sailing, gardening, cooking and many other pursuits. She volunteered for several charitable and nonprofit organizations over the years, such as Habitat for Humanity, the League of Women Voters and the Colonial Dames of America. In the Great Cranberry Island community, she devoted much of her time working for the Historical Society, the Library, and the Tennis Club. Vicky was also very active in the churches she belonged to, both in Andover, Mass., Portland and Great Cranberry Island.

Vicky is survived by her husband of 42 years, Chris Johnston; her children, Margaret “Meg” Johnston of Tewksbury, Mass., and Alexander C. Johnston of Hoboken, N.J.; her sisters, Holly Hartley of Berkeley, Calif., and Grace Hartley of Indianapolis; her daughter-in-law, Kathryn Valenta and her granddaughter, Olivia Johnston of Hoboken.

There will be a memorial service 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, with a reception to follow. at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland. Arrangements are under the care of Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Planned Parenthood ( or the Cranberry Isles Realty Trust, P.O. Box 4, Cranberry Isle, ME 04625 (

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