Lifelong resident of Mobile, Delphine McMillan Johnson, 92, died quietly July 3, 2019, at her home as was her wish. That she passed on the eve of the 4th seemed providential.
A memorial service will be held Monday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin Street, Mobile. A one-hour reception will precede the service. The family requests that all expressions of sympathy be offered in her name to the church, where she was a lifelong member.
Wife, mother, grandmother, loyal friend, patriot and natural soprano, Del was born on July 28, 1926, the last of six children, all of who preceded her to their final reward. Her husband of 53 years, Richard R. Johnson, passed in 2007. She is survived by her two children, Richard Russell Johnson, Jr. of Mobile, and Blair McMillan Johnson and his wife Jeanne; and their two children, Leah Dessie Johnson and Daniel Thomas Johnson of Annapolis Maryland.
Del’s working career started at the GM &O, where she formed lifelong friendships. After raising two sons, teaching them the joys of crabbing and bay life, she returned to work at the US Corp of Engineers in the Real Estate division until she retired.
Del was active in the community, serving in many official positions in the DAR, as docent at FAMOS and Historic Oakleigh. She, and her husband, enjoyed traveling the world and were of the last few to visit Russia before glasnost. She was an active golfer, cook and lover of cats. Her last great challenge came in the role as grandmother to Leah, as while she knew everything about raising boys, she was at a loss on where to begin with a granddaughter. She fell into the role naturally and lovingly. As her living legacies, she will continue to follow Daniel and Leah’s successes and challenges in life, offering sound advice during quiet moments when needed. We will all miss mom, grandmother.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made online at www.hughesfh.com.