Alice Elizabeth Johnson, 97, hospital ward clerk

October 17, 2003

Alice Elizabeth Johnson, a retired hospital ward clerk who enjoyed travel, died in her sleep Monday at Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville. She was 97.

Born Alice Elizabeth Jones in Baltimore, she was raised on McCulloh Street. After her graduation in 1925 from Frederick Douglass High School, she married William Johnson and for many years the couple lived on McKean Avenue.

Mr. Johnson, a truck driver for Park Sausages, died in 1978.

Mrs. Johnson did domestic work before becoming a post office clerk in Washington in 1942. She became a ward clerk at the old U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Wyman Park in 1948 and retired in 1968.

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed traveling with her husband and was proud of their collection of commemorative plates acquired during trips throughout the United States and Canada.

One of the highlights of her life was visiting Hawaii to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary, family members said.

She was a lifetime member of Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1714 Madison Ave., where she sang in the choir and was financial secretary to the trustee board. Funeral services will be held there at 10:30 a.m. today.

She is survived by a son, Melvin M. Johnson of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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