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JOHNSON GERALDINE MARJORIE COVELL JOHNSON (Age 83) On April 30, 2013, Silver Spring, MD. Survived by her husband of 60 years, Russell D Johnson, Jr., daughter Marilyn R. Johnson (Dave Bostrom), sons Russell D. Johnson III and Paul A. Johnson, grandchildren Cecilia, Danielle, Lily, Zoe, and Andrew, daughters-in-law Katrina Ulrich and Peggi Johnson, brother Roger W Covell, and nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, William and Edith Covell and son Alexander W Johnson. Geraldine received a BS in physics and an MS in physiology from the University of Rochester. Her jobs included working as an editor at the Office of Biological Handbooks of the FASEB and as a biological data analyst at the National Biomedical Research Foundation. A caring mother, she made sure that her children were well fed, studied hard and were involved in Sunday School, Scouts, and music. She and Russ gave their children a love of reading, sailing, and music, with family recorder and piano ensembles. She was careful about doctors' visits and other health issues (no swimming for an hour after eating!). She was a quilter, seamstress, knitter and weaver. When the cotton macrame' hammock wore out, she tied a new nylon one. She and Russ enjoyed square dancing and racing each other at crosswords. Raised a Baptist, as an adult she attended Episcopal and Lutheran churches in Silver Spring and most recently became a member of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting (Quaker). Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Blvd., West, Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking), Thursday, May 2, 2013, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment private. Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Blvd., West, Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking), Thursday, May 2, 2013, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment private.
Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
500 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Published in The Washington Post on May 2, 2013