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Virginia Rice

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Full name: Virginia Bingham Rice
Alias: Mrs M. Johnson,
Virginia Rice Johnson
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Bio She was born in Winchester, MA, on March 14, 1911, the daughter of Edward Eggleston Rice and Carrie Bingham Rice. Mr. Rice, a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard, was a pioneer of group insurance in America. Mrs Johnson was the widow of Lt. Col. Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr., US Army Reserve. Col. Johnson, who died in 1965, was a world-famous authority on small arms and was an inventor of several military weapons. He was listed in Who's Who in America. For many years, Mrs Johnson was in "Who's Who in American Women," as well as in the Boston and the national Social Registers. She was twice ranked number nine in U.S. Women's Tennis. She was also in the New England Women's Tennis Hall of Fame. She was a graduate of the Beaver Country Day School in Brookline, MA, and was on the school's varsity softball and field hockey teams. She had lived in New Haven since 1949. Previously, she had lived in Brookline and in Boston, MA.
She belonged to the Boston Sewing Circle of New Haven. A member of the New Haven Lawn Club, where she played tournament tennis, Mrs Johnson also belonged to the Country Club in Brookline, and the River Club and the Regency Whist Bridge Club in New York City. Mrs. Johnson took an active interest in the Graduate Club in New Haven, where her son, Melvin Johnson III, is a former member. Also, she belonged to the Kebe Valley Club in Bar Harbor. She led a very active social life for many years in New Haven, New York, and Boston, as well as in Bar Harbor, ME, and Narragansett, RI, during the summers. She was known for her lively personality and popular sense of humour. She could write amusing verses about her friends-which they enjoyed. His musical talents included piano-playing and modern dancing. In her younger years, she had studied ballet in Boston. Mrs Johnson's daughter, Gail Virginia Johnson of New Haven, died on Sept. 25, 2007.
She was a triple Champion of Bermuda in 1933 and always ben returning to play between pregnancies. Virginia entered Forest Hills numerous times, but only entered Wimbledon in 1933 and 1934. Favorite stroke was backhand and liked other recreational activities like badminton, golf, table tennis

Mrs. Johnson is survived three children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Her children are: Melvin Maynard Johnson, III of Upper Darby, PA; Edward Rice Johnson of Noank, CT; and Byron Bingham Johnson of Southbury, CT. Her grandchildren are Melvin Maynard Johnson, IV, of San Diego, CA; Shannon Elizabeth Johnson of Upper Darby; Lacy Kastner Johnson of Noank; and Lewis Burwell Johnson of Franklin Square, NY. Her great-grandchildren are Elise Lauren Johnson, Derek Ryan Johnson, and Chelsea Virginia Johnson.
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