Sister Delores Dunn Johnson asked for rest and, on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, the Lord heard her prayer. By the providential hand of Almighty God, an angel was dispatched to her bedside at UTMB Hospital in Galveston, Texas at 8:20 p.m., with instructions to release her of her aches, pains and suffering. Surrounded by her family and friends, her young, earthly life ended as she hastily, yet humbly, heeded the Master's call and stepped aboard the Chariot of Eternal Life.
Sister Johnson was born to the union of the late Jonas and Corinne Dunn on August 9, 1940, in New Orleans, Louisiana where she resided for 64 years. In recent years she moved to Galveston, Texas, where she received loving care from her daughters and son.
Sister Johnson was a loving and kind individual whose friendly personality touched those around her. She was loved for her great sense of humor and known for her homemade cakes and sweet potato pies. In addition, she loved watching movies and reading her e-mail on her computer.
Treasured memories included the daily calls from her sister,children and family. She loved family gatherings with her sons, daughters and their children. She was very close to her family and shared quality time with them.
Sister Johnson was baptized at the early age of 9 by Reverend Murphy Smith of New Home Missionary Baptist Church. She was very active in the church. As a child, she participated in the youth choir. She was President of the Mid-Day Usher Board under the leadership of Prophet Robert C. Blakes until August 2005. After relocating to Galveston, Texas, Sister Johnson was a faithful and dutiful member of Macedonia Baptist Church led by Pastor A. W. Colbert, where she served in women's ministry, telephone ministry, SWAT (Saints With A Testimony), enjoyed attending Church school and Bible class. It was there she met, a God sent buddy, Sister Gwen Colbert.
Sister Johnson attended New Orleans public schools. She graduated from Booker T. Washington Senior High School and, after her graduation, attended business school in New Orleans.
Sister Johnson was employed for 33 years at the Audubon Nature Institute prior to her retirement. It was at her beloved Audubon Institute that she was affectionately called "Zoo Mama" and "Mama Dee" by her co-workers. She made many life-long friends, especially Lula and Stella, while working at the Audubon Institute.
Sister Johnson was preceded in death by her mother Corinne Dunn and father Jonas Dunn; her beloved husband Eddie Johnson Sr; brothers, Bernard, Jonas, Wilbert, Lionel and Albert Dunn; grandson, Damon Varando and grand-daughter Miracle Johnson.
Left behind with many loving memories of Sister Johnson are her sons, Reginald Johnson and wife Dana of Kansas City, Kansas, Michael Johnson of Deluth, Georgia, Eddie Johnson Jr. of Oakland, California; daughters, Chinita Weber and Tammy Sharper of Galveston, Sheila Varando of Manchester, New Hampshire, and husband George Varando of New Orleans; one sister, Clara Dunn Stansberry; grandchildren, Erica Jackson, Corey Banks, Bianca Varando, Vernon Weber, Tammaniquka and Terrion Sharper, Jovelle Edwards, Jeremy Varando, Creshaun, Danara, Dandon, and Reginelle Johnson; 14 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters-in-law, Shirley Mae Gulley; Barbara Harris, Paulette Holt , and Mattie Dunn; brother-in-law, Otis Stansberry; aunt, Dorothy Lonon; best friend, Shirley Seymour and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, adopted grand children and friends. Her memory will always live on in the hearts of her family.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Wynn Funeral Home. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, from 6:00-6:55 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, 2920 Avenue M 1/2, followed by the Homegoing celebration at 7:00 p.m. Reverend A. W. Colbert will officiate.
An additional service will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, at 12 noon on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at New Home Missionary Baptist Church.
Interment will follow at Providence Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana.