Flora Johnson-Griffin, 89, laundry workerFlora Lottie...

October 29, 1998

Flora Johnson-Griffin, 89, laundry worker

Flora Lottie Viola Johnson- Griffin, a retired laundry worker, died Saturday of heart failure at her Randallstown home. She was 89.

Mrs. Johnson-Griffin was a presser for the old Fisher's Laundry in Baltimore from 1928 to 1951 and at the old Veterans Administration Medical Center in Northeast Baltimore until she retired in 1971.

The oldest of 22 siblings, the former Flora Johnson was a Baltimore native who attended city public and parochial schools. In 1924, she married Charles B. Griffin, who died in 1979.

Known as "Mother" to friends and neighbors, she routinely opened her house to people in need, relatives said.

She was a longtime member and "church mother" at Fellowship Church of Christ in Northwest Baltimore.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Garrison Boulevard United Methodist Church, 2506 Garrison Blvd.

She is survived by three sons, Benjamin H. Griffin, Robert F. Griffin and Tyrone B. Griffin; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. All are of Baltimore. Ida L. Dworkin, who operated nursery schools, died yesterday of complications of a stroke at Sinai Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 90.

She opened a nursery school at Har Sinai Synagogue in the early 1950s and at the Rogers Avenue Synagogue in the late 1950s. After retiring from the nursery schools, she worked with her husband at his East Baltimore package goods store.

After the 1971 death of Irving Dworkin, whom she married in 1932, she began volunteering at the Sinai Hospital Pediatric Unit.

The former Ida Lidogoster was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and reared in Collingswood, N.J. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Glassboro (N.J.) State Normal School in 1926.

She was a member of the Pikesville Senior Center.

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. Allan M. Dworkin of Roland Park and Edwin L. Dworkin of Randallstown; a daughter, Sondra L. Montuori of Pikesville; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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