Emiza Johnson-Bey was a former food service supervisor at Philadelphia General Hospital.
She died June 12, 2012. She was 90.
She was born April 27, 1922, to the late Aaron Travis and Sidney Robert Travis in Sparta, Ga. She was the youngest of 16 children. She also had siblings named Irene and Joe Travis — the daughter and son of Aaron Travis.
She received her primary education in Phoenixville. She later received her general education diploma and a dietitian certification from Penn State College. She retired from Philadelphia General Hospital as a food service supervisor with more than 20 years of experience.
In 1939, she married Noah Johnson-Bey and from this union, seven children were born.
Johnson-Bey accepted the religion of Al-Islam and her nationality of Moorish American in 1945. She was member of Sid-Jul Mosque in Phoenixville and was a Jewel of Islam at Masjid-Allah in Philadelphia.
She was devout Muslim and was more spiritual than religious. She raised all of her children Muslim and sent them to Sunday school every week until they could decide for themselves. To her delight, they all remained Muslims.
“Everyone who met Emiza thought she was a beautiful person in spirit as well as physical beauty,” her family said.
“One of her many virtues was that she never once made negative comments regarding her sisters, brothers, family and friends. She was a loving and caring mother and family meant everything to her.”
Her family said Johnson-Bey was always willing to help someone. Her mental state was sharp until her death. She never became senile.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Aaron, John, Joseph, Sammie, Sidney, Eubank, Frank and Issac; sisters, Georgie, Emma, Anne Dell, Lela Dixie Bert, Peggy Julia, Elizabeth and Fannie; and three sons, Noah Frank, David Lester and Travis.
Johnson-Bey is survived by her four daughters, Janet Johnson-Bey, Claudia Thorton-Bey, Roberta Sutton-Bey and Maketta Baker-Jones; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren and other relatives and friends
Services were held June 12 at Masjidullah, 7701 Ogontz Avenue. Burial was in Westminster Cemetery.
Khadijah Alderman Funeral Services, Inc. handled the arrangements.