Mable Montgomery Johnson, 96, was born on July 27, 1924 in Shelbyville, Texas to Bertha and William Montgomery. She attended elementary school in the area and went on to attend high school at Timpson High School. With great encouragement to pursue higher education by her parents, Mable went on to attend Texas College where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She later attended Texas Southern University with aspirations of a Master’s Degree.
After college, Mable moved to Orange, Texas where she married William Johnson and they started a life together. They worked hard to provide for their family and Mable’s aging mother. They had three children, Wendell, Larry and Cynthia.
Mable began teaching in the Orange Public School System and West Orange Cove CISD where she taught for 30 plus years. She taught 2nd grade, 4th grade and specialized reading. She was also a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.
In her retirement, Mable enjoyed volunteering with Orange Christian Services where she served as an interviewer and pantry worker. She was an active member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church for 70 plus years, where she served with her church’s Caring Kitchen food ministry program and was a faithful and dedicated member of The Senior Gospel Choir, Deaconess Ministry, Senior Mission and Vacation Bible School Ministry. She was honored by the church for her dedicated service as one of the oldest members and for her faithful service to the Senior Gospel Choir.
After pledging Delta Sigma Theta at Texas College, Mable became a charter member of the Orange Alumnae Chapter in 1953, along with her sister Lillian. Mable served on many committees for the organization and was a representative to many National Conventions. During her many years of service, she created life long friendships with so many of her Sorors. She was a dedicated member until death.
Nannie, as she was affectionately called by those who loved and admired her, was always known for keeping things in order, had a love for plants, and loved her sweets and treats.
Mable was preceded in death by her parents, Bertha and William Montgomery, her husband, William Johnson, her son, Wendell Johnson and her sisters, Mariam Montgomery and Lillian Lister and her nephews, Daryl, Adrian, and Raymond Lister.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Larry Johnson (Claudette Byrd), daughter, Cynthia Adams (Howard, Jr.); grandchildren, Shawn Hunter, Jarvis Johnson, Corey (Barbara) Blair, Cedric Broussard (Shantee), Kenisha Sappington (Kareem), DeAndrea Strong (Willie, Jr.), Charissa Scott (Martin), Jacorey Johnson, Chase Adams, William C. Johnson; 8 great-grandchildren and 1 soon to be great-great grandchild; Godson, Mathellis Wilson and extended special families: McClelland, Lister, Johnson, Adams, Scott, Byrd, Delta Sorority sisters, Pastor Crockett and MOBC church family, special neighbors and friends.
Mable’s homegoing service will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with interment to follow at Magnolia Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Calvary Mortuary Staff.
Visitation will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the church.
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