Mother Helen June Johnson

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Helen June Royal was born in Arlington, West Virginia to Johnny Royal and Rose Arnold on June 28, 1931. Helen grew up in Worth, West Virginia and attended Elkhorn High School, where she met and in 1950, married the love of her life, Henry Johnson, also of Worth. To this union were born five children: two sons, Nathaniel and Kenneth, and three daughters, Althia Marie, Theresa and Lisa –all who relocated to Columbus Ohio during Helen’s early adulthood.

Helen Johnson was the matriarch of her family, a pillar of her church, and a staple in the Shepard community of Columbus. Mother Johnson, affectionately called Big Mamma, was a lifelong member of New Generation Church, formally Consolidated Baptist Church. Sister Johnson faithfully served as a nurse and an usher for her church for many years. Her reach of ministry expanded to her residence and her community. She loved to travel (especially with her church sisters), to plant and garden at home, and shop. She was fun-loving, full of wit, and known for her big heart and endless generosity. Her home was open to anyone in need. She never hesitated to provide love, strength and a warm meal. All who knew Helen knew her as a “realist” who had no problem telling someone off or telling it like it is.

On October 4, 2020, at the blessed age of 89, Helen Royal Johnson received her heavenly robe, after enduring a chronic health condition for many years. The heavenly host awaiting her arrival included her parents, devoted husband, son Nathaniel (Barbra) Johnson, daughters Althia Marie Richardson and Lisa (James) Bowman, and recent grandson James “BJ” Bowman Jr. Left to carry forth her legacy and to cherish her loving memory are son Kenneth (Gladys) and daughter Theresa Johnson, son-in-law Walt Richardson, 5 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 5 great great-grandchildren, sister in law Henrietta Mack, special cousin Evelyn Hagwood, nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

PRIVATE Visitation 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Monday, October 12, 2020 at New Generation Church 1173 Essex Ave, Columbus, OH 43201.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Angela Tucker McCaleb

    My Heart is aching for the family of Theresa Johnson, Momma Johnson was a Mother to many and A true Blessing to All. Such A strong Woman of God , Uplifting, and A Beautiful Spirit of Love n Laughter❣ We have so many Great Memories from Childhood to Now, Heaven has definetly gained another Angel Fly High Momma and RIH

  2. Linda Cockrell & Family

    We all know too well that Ms. Johnson will truly be missed. She knew no stranger and treated you as such. Her love was real. Let’s continue to share of her love, kindness & wit. We know that God is too wise to make a mistake. Look to Him for comfort and guidance. May we all step up in making this time of sorrow a little less stressful for each other. The Lord knows and cares! God Bless! Much Love! Carry On!

  3. She was known to me as Grandma Johnson even though she was my great aunt. She was so loving and strong. There was never a time in her presence that I didn’t laugh. I’m truly sadden by the loss of her on this earth by I’m overjoyed in knowing that she will rest in heaven with her children and grandson BJ. RIH Thank you for your heart.

  4. I am deeply sorry for the loss of your Mom and grandmother. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her personally, I know Theresa, her children, and grandchildren. Their lives are a living testimony of the type of woman she must have been. I have known pain through death in my family, but I cannot even imagine what this feels like. I am blessed to still have my Mom.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time

  5. Prayers For The Family

  6. Prayers of comfort for Theresa Johnson and entire family. May the lord give you strength as you lay your Mother to rest.

  7. Amazetta Abbington

    I met Mrs. Johnson when I was 16 years old , her daughter Marie was my best friend until she gained her wings . Mrs. Johnson was an awesome person she treated me and my Children like family. I will always remember her and I will miss her but I will never forget her . May she R.I.P.

  8. Remembering the family in heartfelt prayer.
    May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge in your time of sorrow. Thinking of you all.

  9. Sending condolences, much love and peace to this beautiful family. Sister Johnson’s smile, her kindness, love of her family, her service and her fine way of dressing will always be the image I have of her. What a beautiful woman who has touched lives both near and afar and may never have known it. Thanking God that He allowed her to be here for 96 years. May the God of ALL comfort- comfort you and may the legacy of her beautiful spirit live on. ❤️ Special blessings to you Theresa.

  10. You will truly be missed!!My prayers for the family.

  11. Sharon D Reid-Purdie

    Mrs. Johnson was a lovely woman. She will truly be missed but not forgotten. I’ll miss her humor when I would stop in to visit. Rest in Heavenly Peace.


  13. Adrienne Lawson

    To the Johnson family, my LOVE and DEEPEST condolences go to you all. May GOD’S grace BLESS you all at this time. Ms Johnson was like a mother to me and will be greatly missed. You are in our prayers!

    Adrienne Lawson & family

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