Alice H. Johnson, 78, Bell Telephone employee

Alice H. Johnson

Alice H. Johnson was employed by Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania for 40 years. She was 78 and died May 26, 2012 at Crestview Center.

Johnson was born on July 24, 1933 in Philadelphia to Blanche and Clarence Hatcher Sr. She was fourth of five children.

Along with the Hatcher family, she attended the Union Baptist Church under the pastorate of the Rev. James Kirkland.

She was educated in Philadelphia public school system. She attended Edward W. Bok Technical High School where she studied to be a seamstress.

She married Rodger Johnson on Jan. 23. 1954. They were married for more than 57 years until Rodger’s death in 2011.

Johnson began working at Bell in 1952 as a telephone operator. During her career at Bell, she held many positions before retiring.

She was a loving wife, an extremely loyal and caring friend, and a doting mother to her daughter.

Johnson was always willing to help whenever asked.

“It was never an imposition, no matter what the request. She would cook, clean, drive, babysit – you ask it; she’d do it,” her family said.

She and Rodger never missed visiting a sick friend or family member. Alice was a devoted grandmother who helped raise her granddaughter, Aliyah, during her early years.

Johnson began attending the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, first under the pastorate of the Rev. D.W. Hoggard and later, the Rev. Albert F. Campbell. She was an active church member and served on the Mt. Carmel Hospitality Guild, the Bloom Where You’re Planted Ministry and on the Food Cupboard.

Johnson was also quite active outside of the church. She was a member of AARP West Park Chapter 4037 and the Telephone Pioneers of America, where she served as secretary for ten years and also did volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House.

In 1995, Johnson was presented with a Certificate of Service for “outstanding and effective service” in helping students with reading skills at the Overbrook High School.

Johnson loved traveling and vacationed in places like New York, Jamaica, Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Israel.

Family always came first. The Johnsons often opened their home to relatives or simply gathered up nieces and nephews taking them to Atlantic City, French Creek, Bell Telephone company picnics and numerous amusement parks and barbecues.

She was a great cook and loved inviting family and friends to her home. Johnson’s family said her pride and joy for many years was the eagerly anticipated Thanksgiving feast, which she and husband hosted for more than 35 years.

Alice enjoyed baking and her applesauce cake, pound cake and monkey bread were fan favorites.

For many years, Alice enjoyed making ceramic figures and decorative pieces for friends and family. She was an active person and loved getting her exercise by walking and line dancing.

Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters, Doris Wagner and Clarice Lawus.

She is survived by her daughter, Michele Johnson; granddaughter, Aliyah Johnson; goddaughter, Pamela Lovell; brothers, Clarence (Geno) Hatcher, Jr. and Charles (Duke) Hatcher; sister-in-law, LaDoris Carter; brothers in-law, James Johnson and Rex Bridget and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held June 5 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 5732 Race St. Viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11. Burial will be held in Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester.

Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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