Stella Lee Johnson, 85, housekeeper, singer

March 06, 2003

Stella Lee Johnson, a retired housekeeper and church singer, died Monday of heart failure at her daughter's Pikesville home. The former Reservoir Hill resident was 85.

Born Stella Lee Thompson in Nokomis, Va., she attended the Holly School in Lottsburg, Va., and Washington, D.C., public schools. She moved to Baltimore in the mid-1930s and initially resided in the 1500 block of Edmondson Ave.

For many years, she was a housekeeper to Baltimore attorney Edward Azrael and his family.

A soprano, she sang spirituals and opera arias. She was a graduate of the old Bingham School of Music on Ruxton Avenue.

In 1941, she wed Earl James Parker, a Bethlehem Steel employee, who died in 1968. She married Herbert Johnson, a Baptist deacon, in 1972. He died in 1985.

For more than 60 years, Mrs. Johnson belonged to Union Temple Baptist Church, 1100 W. North Ave., where services will be held at 7 tonight. She was a choir member and deaconess and helped feed the homeless. She also prepared food baskets for needy families.

Survivors include a daughter, Viola G. Boyd of Pikesville; a brother, James A. Thompson of St. Michaels; a sister, Mary Louise Downing of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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