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Eleanor Muriel Johnson

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Eleanor Muriel Johnson, affectionately known as “Elgie,” quietly passed at home just before sunrise on Oct. 8, 2019. She was born Eleanor Muriel Milton on Aug. 22, 1924, in Atlanta, Ga. Having celebrated her 95th birthday this past August, Elgie was the matriarch of the Milton family, living to see four generations join the family tree.

The Johnson Family moved to Yellow Springs from Wilberforce around 1958. Years later, she received her master’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University. As she traversed the miles of Greene County and its surrounding roads, Elgie always had a handwritten copy of “Desiderata” taped to her windshield as inspiring words she lived by. A life fulfilled, she frequently said, “I’ve seen everything and done all I ever wanted.”

Elgie is survived by her three sons, Bernard III (Pog), Lawrence (Doug) and Eric (Rick); three granddaughters, Alisha, Roxanne and Tracy; one grandson, Bernard IV (BJ), two grandson-in-laws, Austin and Mikko; five great-grandchildren, Marcelus, Rosie, Simon, Freija and Charles; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed but remains forever in our hearts, now forever at peace and with eternal love.

The Johnson brothers will host an “open house” on Saturday, Nov. 2, 12:30–3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the John Bryan Community Center, located at 100 Dayton St. Refreshments will be served. All are welcomed.

Arrangements entrusted to Porter-Qualls-Freeman Funeral Home.


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