January 24, 1951-October 1, 2022
Deborah Ann Johnson originally from Philadelphia, PA died suddenly on Saturday October 1st in Stockton, California.
âDebbieâ as she was affectionately known was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 24, 1951 to William A. Thompson and Ruth A. Evans.
As a young child, she had a keen interest in reading and initially wanted to pursue a career in law. Instead, after graduating from John Bartram H.S. she attended Philadelphia General Hospital where she became an x-ray technician. She later studied nursing at CC of Philadelphia and LaSalle University. Ever the caregiver, Debbie, worked as a registered nurse in the greater Philadelphia and NJ region for over 40 years. She retired in 2015.
Wanting to be closer to family, she relocated to Florida then later to California to be closer to her grand-daughter.
A faithful servant of the Lord, she served in several capacities over the years; usher member, board member, choir member and later mother of the church.
In 1987, she married her soul mate, Charles G. Johnson, who preceded her in death. They were married for 14 years.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Kimberly McLaughlin. Cherished grand-daughter MJ Anthony. Her father William A. Thompson. Aunt and 2nd mother, Barbara Byrd. Her sisters Linda Staley, Faye Goldsby (Jeremiah), Denise Garnett (James), and Juwana Staley. Brothers Kevin Staley, Christopher Staley and Eric Staley. Nieces Shanda Staley, Robin Staley, and Christina Staley. Nephews Ian Garnett, Joshua Garnett (Reina) and Jeremy Garnett. Great-nephews Rush and Rowan Garnett. A host of family and friends.
Memorial Services will be held in Philadelphia, PA. Details pending.