Margaret Johnson, 85

City schoolteacher

November 19, 2007

Margaret E. Johnson, a retired Baltimore public school reading specialist, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 12 at a hospital in Christiana, Del. She was 85.

Margaret E. Kane was born and raised in St. Mary's County, where she graduated from St. Mary's County public schools.

"Her mother had been a schoolteacher," said her daughter, Shirley Johnson-Tucker, an elementary school principal in Plainfield, N.J.

Mrs. Johnson earned her bachelor's degree in education from Bowie State University and a master's degree in education from Coppin State University.

She began her career teaching in St. Mary's County public schools.

"She taught all grades in St. Mary's County, from the first to 12th grade," her daughter said.

In 1957, Mrs. Johnson joined the city public schools system and was an elementary school reading specialist at School 148, School 30 and finally at School 122, from which she retired in 1982.

The former longtime North Bentalou Street resident, who had lived with her daughter in Plainfield since 1992, had been an active member of the Baltimore City Retired Teachers Association and was a founder of the Golden Ages Club.

When living in Baltimore, she had been active in Democratic politics. She also enjoyed crocheting and playing pinochle.

She was a parishioner of St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Plainfield.

Mrs. Johnson also maintained her membership in St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, 1542 N. Gilmor St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today.

Also surviving are a brother, Hillary Kane of Washington; a sister, Bertha Johnson of Loveville, St. Mary's County; and three grandchildren. A marriage to William Samuel Johnson ended in divorce.

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