Obituaries » Mary C. Johnson
October 24, 1928 – December 21, 2022
Owens Funeral Svcs; Chapel
104 Green Chimney
Ashland, Va 23005
Thursday 4 to 8pm
December 29, 2022
Abner Baptist Church
15143 Abner Church Rd,
Glen Allen, VA 23059
December 30, 2022
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Mary Malinda Clarke Johnson was born October 24th, 1928 to the late Hiram and Lucille Clarke. She was the third of four children. She is preceded in death by her son Timothy Johnson, brothers Lloyd Clarke, William (Hike) Clarke, Irvin Clarke, and daughter-in-law Mary Ann Johnson.
She resided in Montpelier, VA, where she received part of her education and then graduated from Van de Vyuer School in Richmond, VA.
In her early years she worked at the US Treasury, in Washington, DC.
On November 26th, 1949, she married the love of her life Doctor P. Johnson. From that union four children were born. Tyrone Johnson, Angela Johnson Raines, Timothy Johnson (deceased), and Anthony Johnson.
She joined Abner Baptist Church at a young age. She served on the Pastor’s Aid Committee for many years. She loved going to church and one of her favorite things was all the members who came to shake her hand, and the kisses and hugs. She talked about it all the way home. She also enjoyed going to Bethany Baptist Church with her husband, where she enjoyed the same things as well as sitting by the musician in her wheelchair. He was her biggest fan as she always talked about how he could really play the keyboard.
For many years, she was a member of The United Order of Tents, a national, secret society comprised of and operated solely by Black women for the purpose of engaging in fellowship, mutual aid, and philanthropy.
She had a passion for purses and hats. Very rarely would you catch her without either. She also had a passion for pictures. If there was a bare spot, she would place one. She also loved flowers and plants. She always brighten up when the outdoor plants came to bloom and she had to have a picture of them, some including her.
Her favorite pass time was to go to The Dollar Store, JC Penney’s, and Macy’s. She always left the dollar store with things she did not need but it made her happy and that was all that mattered. She could never get out of JC Penny’s without going to the purse department and she usually came home with a new purse. Macy’s was when she explained why she needed a designer purse and her husband always gave in and purchased it for her.
When life presented her with challenges, her devoted husband never left her side. He would even stay with her in the hospital and rehab. He did not like it when they told him he could not stay overnight. Because of his dedicated care giving, she never had to reside in a nursing home. His prayer was to be there until the end. God answered his prayer.
When her two sons would go over on alternate nights to help her into bed, she loved giving them orders before they could sit down. She had to tell them the nightly routine every night, as if they were doing it for the first time.
After COVID, for safety reasons, she stopped attending church but fatefully listen to Jimmy Swaggart from sun up to sun down, every Sunday. She knew everyone on the program by name.
She loved giving to every need that came through the mail. She said they are desperate and she needed to help. She was always concerned about helping someone in need.
She leaves to cherish her devoted husband of 73 years, Doctor P. Johnson, one daughter, Angela Raines (Eddie), two sons, Tyrone and Anthony Johnson. One daughter-in-law, Dee Johnson. Granddaughters, Alicia Davidson (Michael), Nicole Redd (Christopher), Christy Jones (Michael), Talicia Warren (Otis), and Shante’ Coles (Arnold). Grandson, Irvin Mitchell (Shwanda). A host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and the watchful eye of the Glen Allen Community.