WOOSTER – Last Thursday evening, November 20, 2008 Helen M. Johnson, 82, of Wooster, died at her residence after a stoic battle with cancer.
Helen was born April 4, 1926 in Foster, Oklahoma to Gerald and Francis (Simms) Alexander. She was a graduate of Pampa (Texas) High School and attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
While at Trinity she met Air Force cadet, Guilford Guil G. Johnson, whom she subsequently married in St. Louis on March 26, 1946.
When Guil was offered a position as Advertising Manager for the Wooster Rubber Company, later to become Rubbermaid Inc., she and he moved to Wooster where they made their home. Although Helen worked for the telephone company in Oxford immediately after the War and in the intervening years in Wooster as a bookkeeper at Gerstenslager Inc., the Interchemical Paint Co. and later at Imhoff & Long, her life-long vocation was devoted wife, mother and homemaker.
She leaves behind her husband of 62 years, as well as children Guilford Guil, Peter (Laurie) and daughter, Andrea (Bill) Bostansic, all of Wooster; grandchildren, Emmanuel (Tanja) of Akron, Mark (Mary Runkle) of Chicago, Robert of Morgantown, WV and Abilgail (Jeremy) Clevenger of Portland, Oregon; two nieces, step-great-granddaughters Nanny Lauenberger and Quatana Black and her son, Ravel.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Uncle and Aunt Fode—George and Flora Newton, her brother Gearld and her sister Flora Bebe (Meek) and nephew Steven.
McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, assisted the family with arrangements.
The family extends their sincere thanks to Hospice & Palliative of Greater Wayne County for the wonderful care and support of their mother and grandmother during her final months. Their kindness will alsays be remembered.
Private family services were held
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