Carolyn K. Johnson, 90, Social Security employee

April 09, 2005

Carolyn K. Johnson, a retired Social Security Administration worker and longtime Edmondson Village resident, died of pancreatic cancer Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 90.

She was born and raised Caroline Kendall -- and later legally changed her name to Carolyn -- in Essex County, Va. She graduated from Fredericksburg High School and attended Virginia Union University in Richmond before moving to Baltimore in the 1940s.

Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of the Cortez W. Peters Business School and began working in 1953 at Social Security headquarters, then in the downtown Candler Building. She later moved to Woodlawn, where she worked until her retirement in 1980.

"In spite of increasing age and physical infirmities, she stayed firmly committed and involved in life," said her daughter, Jacquiline Bernadette Johnson of Edmondson Village.

Mrs. Johnson was a communicant of St. Bernardine's Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday.

Mrs. Johnson was an avid reader and was particularly interested in African-American history. She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and participated in Orchard Street Baptist Church fund-raisers. She was also a member of the Women's Club of St. Bernardine's and the Golden Dome Club.

"During her 90 years, she totally gave of herself collecting children and family as she traveled this life," her daughter said.

Surviving, in addition to her daughter, are two sons, Arthur Bernard Johnson Jr. and Earl Kendall Johnson, both of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her marriage to Arthur Bernard Johnson Sr. ended in divorce.

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