Rashidah M. Johnson, a therapeutic staff support worker, died on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. She was 48.
She was born on Aug. 2, 1971, in Philadelphia to Margaret and James Louis Johnson.
She went to Nidhamu-Sasa Afrikan Free School and Marcus Garvey Elementary and graduated from Martin Luther King High School. She attended the Community College of Philadelphia where she received her associate’s degree. She received her bachelor’s degree from Chestnut Hill College.
Johnson was diagnosed with sickle cell. She was involved with the Sickle Cell Peanuts Club at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as other sickle cell groups in Philadelphia.
She loved fashion, was a traveler, museum visitor and New York play- and musical-goer. She often helped out at family reunions and in planning other family functions. Her family said that traveling outside of Philadelphia was a must for her. She traveled to California, Florida and North Carolina to support her mother, stepfather and brother. For vacation, she traveled to New Orleans and Cancun, Mexico.
She gave birth to a daughter in 2014. She took her to museums, theater shows and special cultural events in and around the Philadelphia and New York areas.
Johnson worked at various agencies in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. She did short temp work at business offices and retail stores. As a therapeutic staff support worker, she worked with children. The last thing she did was help out at a university library.
She was a member of Second Antioch Baptist Church and in 2001 became a member of Sharon Baptist Church.
She is survived by: her daughter, Madison Marie; mother, Margaret Phillips-Richardson; stepfather, Willie Richardson; brother, Zuberi Richardson; sister-in-law, Najah Richardson; nephew, Zayden Richardson; uncle, Thomas E. Phillips; aunt, Sharon Davis Phillips; cousin, Breonna Phillips; and other relatives and friends.
Services were held on Dec. 20 at Sharon Baptist Church, 3955 Conshohocken Ave.
Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.