Kathleen Grayson Johnson

Kathleen Grayson Johnson passed away on Thursday, the 19th of June 2014, in Houston, at the age of 98. Her kindness and pure heart contributed her longevity.
Kathleen was born on the 14th of July 1915, in Stephens, Arkansas.
She is predeceased by her husband, Thomas Minard Johnson, former GM of Houston Symphony Orchestra from 1948 to 1974 and to whom she was married on the 5th of September 1937. Her daughter, Kathy G. Johnson and many nieces and nephews survive her.
Kathleen attended and received her diploma from Central Baptist Jr. College for Women in Conway, Arkansas, 1935, BPSM. She went on to attend Southern Methodist University until 1937. She then became a graduate of voice study with C. Hackett at the Julliard School of Music in 1940. She performed as a soloist at Southwestern University on Concert Band tours, from 1937 to 1942 and with the US Army Combined AATC Bands, from 1943 to 1944. She also served as a Choral Director and voice teacher in Palacios, Texas and in Stephens, Arkansas from 1943 to 1946 and as the leading member in the Summertime Light Opera of Houston from 1948 to 1949. She was a founding member of and role singer for the Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society in 1952 and a soloist in numerous choirs.
Her impressive repertoire of creative works include her researching, compiling and editing of "The Lineage of Velena Dare Filer Grayson" a genealogy original study.
She was a charter member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, a member of the Houston Grand Opera Association from 1955 to 1965. She served as a Director and performed as a Girl Scout Caroler in Austin in 1947 and in Houston in 1949 and with the Houston Choral from 1949 to 1952.
She served as Sustaining Docent at Bayou Bend, Decorative Arts Wing of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts from 1962 to 1967, as Former Officer and Board member of the Colonial Dames of America, Ch. VIII, Houston Magna Charta Dames, Lady Washington Chapter of NSDAR and the Blue Bird Circle. She was also a charter member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church and former member of the choir.
Kathleen enjoyed decorative arts, genealogy, travel, music and her family.
The family wishes to recognize and extend their gratitude to the staff at Memorial Hermann Hospice and the staff at the Brookdale Place Tanglewood Assisted Living for their loving care towards Kathleen and to her capable sitters from ElderCare Network of Houston.
Friends are cordially invited to greet the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Monday, the 23rd of June, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The interment is to be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 24th of June, at Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Avenue in Houston, where a uniformed Steward from Geo. H. Lewis & Sons is to be positioned at the cemetery entrance, so as to direct attendees to the gravesite.
In lieu of customary remembrances, and as specifically requested by the family that no flowers be delivered, contributions may be directed to the Citizens for Animal Protection, 17555 Katy Frwy, Houston, TX, 77094; to the Spring Branch Memorial Library, 930 Corbindale Rd., Houston, TX, 77024; or to the .


Funeral Home

Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors
1010 Bering Drive Houston, TX 77057
(713) 789-3005

Published in Houston Chronicle on June 22, 2014