Helen M. Johnson of Dover transitioned from this life to her heavenly one on Friday Sept. 21, 2012 at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. She was 89.
Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 27, 1923 in Bowie, Md. to the late Norman Beckett and Eva Moreland Beckett.
She worked as a secretary for Southern Oxygen Company in Bladensburg, Md. and later retired from the University of Maryland Registrars Office in College Park. Mrs. Johnson enjoyed working with plants and flowers but most of all she loved being with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her faith and her church were a vital part of her life. She was formerly a member of the First Baptist Church in New Carrollton, Md., Glenn Dale Baptist in Glenn Dale, Md. and currently a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Dover.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, James S. McBride, in 1959, her daughter, Becky Marie McBride in 1954, and her second husband, Frank Johnson, in 1999.
She is survived by her son, Rev. James McBride and his wife Daphne of Dover; daughter, Cindy Lepore and her husband James of Griffin, Ga.; sister, Jerri Robey of Bowie, Md.; grandchildren, James McBride, Jr., Tonya Robles and Heather Baird; great grandchildren, Hannah McBride, Benjamin McBride, Samuel Robles and Nicholas Ring.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at the First Southern Baptist Church, 761 S. Little Creek Road, Dover. Friends called Sunday evening at Torbert Funeral Chapel South and Monday morning at church. Interment was at the Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Md.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.
Letters of condolence may be sent, and guestbook signed at http://torbertfuneral.com.