Valerie Johnson, 56, SSA insurance specialist

October 14, 2004

Valerie Johnson, a retired Social Security Administration worker, died of multiple myeloma Sunday at Northwest Hospital Center. She was 56.

Born Valerie Ivey, the Baltimore native was a 1965 graduate of Eastern High School and attended what is now Morgan State University.

She began working for the SSA in 1968 and was an insurance specialist. She retired this year on medical disability.

She enjoyed collecting and displaying ceramic elephants and musician figurines.

Mrs. Johnson was a former member of New Friendship Baptist Church, where she sang with the junior choir and was a member of the junior usher board. Since 2001, she had been a member of Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Northwest Baltimore.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Emmanuel Church, 8729 Church Lane in Randallstown.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Harold Johnson, a barber; two daughters, Yvette Michele Johnson and Monique Lynette Johnson, both of Woodlawn; and three adopted sons, Wallace Kelly Jr. and Michael Ragland, both of Woodlawn, and Reginald Robins of Baltimore.

Also surviving are her mother, Virginia Blount of Owings Mills; her father, Jim Ivey of Woodlawn; three brothers, James Ivey of Baltimore, Quentin Ivey of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Jason Ivey of Woodlawn; five sisters, Virginia Ivey and Jody Ivey, both of Baltimore, Deborah Tucker of Woodlawn, Pamela Lindsey of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Kandi Blount of Owings Mills; her stepfather, Amos Blount of Owings Mills; her stepmother, Martha Ivey of Woodlawn; and a half-brother, Anthony Blount of Baltimore.

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