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JOHNSON, Marilyn Delores, PhD (Hyche)
JOHNSON, Marilyn Delores, PhD (nee Hyche) - Born November 28th, 1942. Retired Professor and loving mother, entered eternal rest on April 30th, 2017. She was 74 years old. Marilyn was the first born of Detroy Hyche and Rose Hyche, who preceded her in death. Marilyn graduated from Lackawanna High School and received her RN from Edward J. Meyer School of Nursing and her Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Buffalo. During her school career, she worked her first job as a nurse in the Psychiatric Department of E.J. Meyer Hospital (ECMC). She was then promoted as an instructor at the Nursing School. Marilyn received her Master's Degree in 1972 from the University at Buffalo. She accepted a position as assistant professor at ECC North Campus, where she was a vital part of the Nursing Department. She was so outstanding in curriculum and integration, that she was asked by the administration to write the curriculum for their Nursing Program at City Campus. She worked for the Board of Regents where she helped develop testing protocol for the Nursing Program. Marilyn also contributed to a variety of nursing journals including the Journal of Nursing Education and Nursing Issues for the Nineties and Beyond. In 1982, she became the first black professor and department head of a Nursing Program in New York State. In 1990, she joined the staff at SUNY Buffalo, where she received her doctorate and continued to teach until her retirement in 2000. Marilyn was a member at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Lackawanna and later became a member of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo, where she taught Sunday School, was an active member of the Pauline T. Smith Circle, a member of the United Methodists Women's Group, and a devoted trustee. She was a loving, dedicated humanitarian with many outstanding accomplishments. She enjoyed a very rewarding career and received numerous accolades for her many contributions. Marilyn worked very hard to make strides in Nursing and dedicated her time to helping other people, especially her students. She was vivacious, outgoing, fun, generous, and caring, and loved her family very much. Marilyn enjoyed art, music, and dance, and had a beautiful charismatic personality. She is survived by her children, Damon (Ruby) Johnson of Arizona, and Ivy (Del) Cuthbertson of North Carolina; grandchildren Sebastian, Gabriel, Nina, Tiernan, and Xander; siblings Carolyn (Jack) Wall, Detroy (Denise) Hyche, and Andrea (Mark) Boyd; and and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The Wake will be held at Lombardo Funeral Home, 102 Linwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14209, May 5 from 5-7 PM. The Funeral will be held at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten Ave, Buffalo NY 14209 Saturday May 6 at 11 AM.