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July 1, 1916 November 24, 2009
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Ernestine Eisman (Gray) Johnson was born on July 1, 1916 to the late Thomas Sr. and Helen Gray. She quietly departed her life here on earth Tuesday November 24th 2009, in the comfort of her home in Port Republic Maryland. Ernestine grew up in Mutual, Calvert County Maryland, and attended the old public school there. She began working at the age of twelve years old as a domestic worker cleaning house for the Latimer's family. Ernestine was a nanny for many children. She also worked shucking clams, oysters, and crab picking. Then God open the door were she got the job of her choice as a Dietary Aide at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Ernestine retired after twelve years of services with honors, and came home to join her husband in retirement on June 30, 1981. You could always find them outside, "daddy would be cleaning off land for mama to plant trees and flowers" . She was united in Holy matrimony to John Albert Johnson Sr. for 67 years and from this union eight children were born, 4 sons and 4 daughters. She was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother who raised her children in the church because of the way she was raised. God blessed her with a heart full of praise. She was never ashamed to praise the Lord. She was a member of the Brooks Chorus and Senior choir's and attended church faithfully until her health failed. She loved singing songs of praise. She always sung at home and prayed all the time. Anyone that came into her house was prayed for before they left. All through her sickness was Alzheimer's, the one thing she did not forget was how to pray. She read her bible every night before going to bed, reading herself to sleep. Ernestine never forgot how to sing her favorite hymns; "His Eyes is on the Sparrow" , "Jesus Keep me Near the Cross" , "Precious Lord Take my Hand" , "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" , and "If I Could Hear my Mother Pray Again" . She leaves to cherish her sweet life four daughters: Eliza Gantt (William) and Susie Johnson of Port Republic, Mamie Jones (Herbert Sr.) of Bridgeport Ct, and Annie Reddic of Stamford Ct. One son Thomas Johnson (Lois Jean) of Port Republic, one daughter-in-law Amelia Johnson. She also leaves one devoted sister Mary Bourne and two brothers Thomas Gray and Harry Gray (Christine). She was preceded in death by her husband Albert, 3 sisters Sarah Bourne, Sadie Parker, and Annie Ridgely. 3 sons James, John, and Benjamin, 1 son-in-law George Reddic, 1 daughter-in-law Marilyn, 1 Great grandson Rodney Gray Jr., 1 great, great grandson Anthony Plater. She also leaves behind 55 grand children, 104 great grand children, and 51 great, great grand children. She leaves to cherish her life many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Seven grand children that she helped to raise: Jimmy, Paula, Keith, Sharlene, Dale, and Charnice who stayed at home with her during the day until the end. Special great grandson Tremayne who gave up his time to stay in the house after school, evenings, and weekends to watch to keep her safe "Tremayne was a blessing, very devoted to his grandma" . Thank you Gilbert (grandson) who would say "Pretty Girl, Pretty Girl" to mama and great grandson Darius who always made her laugh with their presents. To Pastor Joshel McArthur, for your many phone calls and prayers with her over the phone. Mom's last scripture that was marked off in her bible was Ecclesiastes 3:1-11To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.


Brooks UM Church Cemetery 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 (map/driving directions)


6:00PM to 8:00PM at Brooks UM Church 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 on Monday, November 30, 2009 (map/driving directions)
10:00AM to 11:00AM at Brooks UM Church 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 (map/driving directions)


11:00AM at Brooks UM Church 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 (map/driving directions)


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