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Thelma Johnson, in-home nurse's aide Oct. 1, 1918 -- Dec. 19, 2005

Thelma Johnson, of Buffalo, died last Monday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness. She was 87.

Born Thelma Mack in Manning, S.C., she attended schools there. She moved to Buffalo around 1940 and worked for 30 years with various agencies in the region as an in-home nurse's aide until retiring in the mid-1970s.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of True Bethel Baptist Church, where she was president of the choir. She enjoyed singing gospel music, baking, cooking and holiday dinners. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her husband of more than 35 years, Willie, died in the mid-1970s.

She is survived by five daughters, Margie Taylor, Ernestine Foster, Doris Queener, Sandra Jones and Bernice, all of Buffalo; two sons, Melvin and Willie, both of Buffalo; four sisters, Margaret Richardson of Buffalo, Regetha Clark of Manning, S.C., and May Sellers and Shirley Bitty, both of New York City; a brother, Harold Mack of New York City; 42 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 909 E. Ferry St. Burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, West Seneca.

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