Ruth F. Johnson, 92, Laurel Elementary teacher

April 30, 2003

Ruth F. Johnson, a retired educator who taught at Laurel Elementary School for more than 30 years, died of cancer Friday at the home of her daughter in Sarasota, Fla. She was 92.

Ruth Forbes was born and raised in Cherryvale, Kan. After graduating from high school, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1937 from Kansas State Teachers College. She completed a master's degree in education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1960.

Mrs. Johnson taught for nine years in one-room schools in Kansas before moving to Maryland.

In 1939, she married Melvin M. Johnson, a Pennsylvania Railroad accountant who died in 1991.

A Laurel resident, Mrs. Johnson taught in Upper Marlboro before joining the faculty of Laurel Elementary in 1940. She retired in 1973.

"She loved teaching and saved a picture of every student from every class that she had taught through the years. She had boxes and boxes of memorabilia," said her daughter, Marjorie E. Broughton.

She was a life member of the National Education Association and Maryland State Teachers Association.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Senior Friendship Club, both of Laurel.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Laurel.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Johnson is survived by a granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

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