Mrs. Maerene B. Johnson, 92 of Anderson, S.C. transitioned into eternal life on June 15, 2020 at the Rainey Hospice House.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Abbeville County to the late Ernest and Icy Tecora Burriss. She was one of 11 children and is survived by a brother, Eugene Burriss, of Anderson, SC and a sister, Doris Hall, of Philadelphia, PA.
She was married to the late Jesse Johnson, Sr. for almost 60 years before his death in 2007. From this union seven children were born. As a full time mother and homemaker, she was committed to the spiritual and physical well- being of her home and family by providing motherly love, discipline, home cooked meals, special baked goods and introducing her children to Christ in their early years. Attending church, Sunday school and singing with the “Johnson Children” were not optional. Sunday dinners were a special time for the family to gather around the table. She worked to develop the talents and skills of her children in the areas of public speaking, music, art, cooking and design. In addition to raising her own children, she helped to raise the children of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Her memories will be cherished by her children, Jesse Jr. (Mary), Larry (Gloria), Ronnie (Carolyn), Wanda, Kirk (Harriett), Ernie (Wendy); and daughter in law Mary Anne. She was predeceased by one son, Roger. Her beloved 22 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 16 great- great grandchildren will carry the memory of her in their hearts forever; along with her sister- in- law, Katie Noel, a host of nieces, nephews, special friends and a ‘sister-niece’ Parnese Thompson.
Mrs. Johnson enjoyed singing hymns and gospel music. She joined the Wilson Creek Baptist Church #2 in Abbeville, SC, at an early age and sang alto with the Gospel Chorus and the Senior Choir. She spent years attending singing conventions held by the Little River Association and was one of the few remaining singers that could sing shaped notes. She was also active in the Missionary Society, BTU, and served as the church Treasurer.
A public viewing will be held at D.B. Walker Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
Services will be held privately at D.B. Walker Funeral Home.
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