“I wasn’t a nobody, I was a somebody trying to make every one happy.” Words from Mother Marie. Mother Marie Johnson was born in Norfolk, Virginia on March 3, 1912 to the proud parents of the late Maggie Johnson and John Blunt. She was the youngest of four children -- three girls and one boy.

Mother Johnson attended First Calvary Baptist Church at a young age under the Rev. O. J. Allen, now deceased. She attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk and stopped before completing the twelfth grade.

Marie Johnson married Floyd Douglas Johnson in 1950 and became his constant companion until his death on January 4, 1979. She and her husband served as Resident Managers where they resided at 1711 T Street, N.W., a position she held until 2012 when she moved to Carroll Manor Nursing Home on the grounds of Providence Hospital.

She joined Canaan Baptist Church in 1970 under Rev. M. Cecil Mills where she has been a dedicated and faithful member of many ministries of the Church-- Ladies Guild, Sunshine Club, Royal Workers, Fellowship Circle, Mary E. Brown Ministry. Alyce Mills Church School Class and served as the Calling Secretary for Seniors on the Move, a ministry that provides information and experiences for the Senior
members of the Church. She also served with the Tuesday Feeding Ministry from 1992 until 2001, always arriving before others to make sure the area was ready for the workers and those coming to have lunch.

On the occasion of her 100th birthday, she received congratulatory letters from the President of the United States of America, the Mayor’s Office of Aging, and the Ward One Council for her life and volunteer service to the Church and Community. All members of her immediate family have pre-deceased her and her Church Family has become her family. She leaves to cherish her memory forever: her Canaan Family, Deacon James Ingram, Vannie Kirby, Loretta Cardwell, her special girls: Barbara Jackson, Brenda Marshall, Kate Smith, Deloris Wray, and her dear friends Anna Douglas, and Janice Ross.