Shirley R. Johnson
Miss Shirley R. Johnson, age 85, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at ManorCare Health Services of Pike Creek.
A native Delawarean and Southsider, Miss Johnson was born on January 29, 1927, daughter of the late Leon R. Johnson and Mary White Johnson. She was a graduate of Wilmington High School and would go on to make her career as an executive secretary with Hercules, Inc., where she retired in 1989 after 26 years of service. Previously, she was employed with Delaware Mortgage and Haveg Industries. Among her professional affiliations, she was a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) for over 40 years and of the Hercules Women’s Club.
Miss Johnson was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church in Wilmington and served as its first female warden, as well as a Sunday School teacher and a volunteer guide for both the church and the Hendrickson House. In earlier years, she volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol. She was also a member of the Howard Weston Senior Center for many years.
She possessed a keen sense of adventure throughout her life, enjoying such exciting hobbies as parachuting, white water rafting, and bungee jumping.
She is survived by her siblings, Richard L. Johnson and wife Ruth of Wilmington, Philip D. Johnson of New Castle, and Dorothy M. Muhlena of New Castle; and six nieces and nephews.
The family extends special thanks to the staff of ManorCare for their many kindnesses to Miss Johnson during her residence.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church, 606 Church Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, where visitation will begin at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Old Swedes Foundation at the church address above.