Cathy C. Johnson

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DIXFIELD – Cathy Coleen Collins Johnson, 54, of Quartzsite, Ariz., formerly of Dixfield, died Tuesday, April 25, at her sister’s home in Dixfield surrounded by her family.

She was born, Feb. 29, 1952, in Rumford, a daughter of Donald J. and Beverly (Haley) Collins Jr. She graduated from Dixfield Regional High School in 1970 and Augusta General Hospital in the Laboratory Technology School in 1972, followed by working for several years at Rumford Community Hospital.

On July 3, 1975, she married, Douglas P. Johnson. They lived the majority of their married life in Quartzsite, Ariz.

Along with her husband, she has been a true prospector for more than 27 years and traveled throughout many countries, including all over the western United States, Alaska, Mexico and Australia. Among the many pieces of gold she found while prospecting, a few of her proudest moments came when she found a 23-ounce gold nugget in northern California in 1988, an 8-ounce nugget in Australia in 1998; and an old prospector’s cache with several gold pieces while detecting in California.

She was a kind, true friend to all who knew her. She was a devoted wife and beloved sister, and her kindness to all, especially to the elderly and animals, will be long remembered. She was an avid letter writer, bird and animal watcher and hiker who loved Bob Dylan and The Eagles.

She could cook anything from scrambled eggs to a birthday cake in her old, black spider on an open fire. She always did her best to rehabilitate stray animals, especially feeding an old coyote near their campsite who had suffered a broken leg. She was a great Red Sox fan who became very disappointed with Johnny Damon’s move to the Yankees.

She is survived by her husband, Doug; two sisters, Donna Towle and her husband, Butch, and Charlotte Collins of Dixfield; a brother, Jerry J. Collins Sr. of Dixfield; and several nieces and nephews.

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