Carolyn Janice Johnson Law obituary
Carolyn Janice Johnson Law (66) passed away on October 21, 2021. She was attempting rehabilitation after recent foot surgery and time spent in Brunswick, Brooks Rehabilitation, Lakeside Nursing & Rehabilitation and UF North hospitals.
Carolyn was the sweetest, kindest, most selfless, and generous person! Her brother commented: “Carolyn was so dedicated to the cause that she gave her own life for several months each time I was a political candidate.
Carolyn worked hard to help her family run the Dinsmore Dairy Farm. She worked hard to make her father proud with his various Guernsey cows, winning the Grand Champ on multiple occasions, at the Northeast Florida Fair (Callahan), Jacksonville Fair and the Central Florida Fair. (Orlando).
A 1973 graduate of Paxon High, Jax., Carolyn then went to USF, where she graduated in 1977. She continued her education with a master’s degree in elementary education in 1997 from the University of Jacksonville.
Music has been the key throughout Carolyn’s life. She was a soloist in a youth choir at Dinsmore United Methodist Church. She studied the piano, but the bassoon was her passion. She has performed with the Junior and Senior High School Orchestra and Orchestra, in the Jax Youth Symphony for 3 years, and various community orchestral groups. She played bassoon for probably 2000 performances with the First Baptist Orchestra, and it was there that she met Dale Law, whom she married, on November 11, 1995. She also performed in Camden County (Ga) Community Band and was a member of the St. Marys (Ga) Kiwanis Club.
Carolyn’s first job was with Watson Property Management. Soon Carolyn changed her career to what she could do for the best. She became a teacher.
Carolyn loved to teach and the students. Carolyn has often helped with DTU projects. Carolyn taught at Lake Forest Elementary for many years and then at Sheffield Elementary. She was extremely popular with students, parents and fellow teachers.
Carolyn is predeceased by her grandparents, VC and Ada Johnson (Dinsmore Dairy) and Lydia and the Reverend CT Howes (Methodist) and by her parents, Earl and Nell Johnson, and by her first cousin, James Johnson, and by her cousin germain, Karen Konsler. Carolyn is survived by Dale Law, her husband and 3 adult children: Mindy Law, Carrie Harrison, and Michael Law and Dale’s 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, Andy Johnson, his brother and wife Mary and their 3 adult children: Drew (Kristen), Daniel (Megan) and Kate Mays (Winton), and by Carolyn’s 8 adoring grandnephews and nieces, Abby, Kayleigh, Juliet, Clara, Preston Johnson and Caroline , George and Kennedy Camille Mays. Carolyn also leaves behind a series of first cousins and their families, second and third cousins, names Johnson, Geiger and Dowdy who go back in history to include famous abolitionists and friends of G Washington and even Edward Doty, an indentured servant on the Mayflower, as a direct ancestor. Johnson’s first cousins include Marcia, Philip, Jenny Smith and Chester, Stanley, Calvin Johnson. First cousins of Howes: Chuck, Nancy, Judy Konsler; Lamar, Lydia and Mary Helen Stokes; Julie and Kenny Howes; Buddy and Maggie Stokes.
Carolyn would have been a good mother. But childless, she channeled her parenting skills into her students and into the children and grandchildren of her brother, Andy.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan.8 at First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville
Posted on December 30, 2021
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