Zilla Newsom Johnson, 90, homemaker, volunteer

May 02, 2006

Zilla Newsom Johnson, a homemaker and volunteer, died of congestive heart failure April 24 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. The former Homeland resident was 90.

She was born Zilla Anne Newsom at a U.S. Weather Bureau station attached to the Cape Henry lighthouse near Norfolk, Va., where her father was stationed. She was a graduate of Longwood College - now Longwood University - in Farmville, Va., and belonged to Gamma Gamma Theta sorority.

She was a founding member of St. Paul's School for Girls Parents' Association and its bridge club. She also raised funds for the Brooklandville school.

She was a former volunteer and board member of the Keswick Multi-Care Center and member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, Baltimore Country Club, Three Arts Club of Homeland, Paint and Powder Club and Homeland Garden Club.

Her husband of 60 years, Howard Chambers "Reds" Johnson, a Chesapeake Bay pilot, died in 1999.

A memorial service was held Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where she was a communicant and altar guild member.

Survivors include two daughters, Zilla Johnson Clinton of Los Angeles and Ostella Johnson Cowan of Lutherville; two granddaughters; and three great-grandsons.

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