It is with deep sadness that the The Johnson Family announces the passing of their beloved mother, Ms. Joyce Elaine Johnson. Born Joyce Elaine Gibbons on September 25, 1932 in Newport, Rhode Island. She lived her formative years in Newport with her parents, then moved her own family to Boston. Joyce was an intricate member in building Boston’s ABCD educational program. She dedicated many years of service to community activism by providing educational opportunities to the youth of Boston, as well as her seven children. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Theodora Gibbons, as well as one child, her son, Eric Johnson. Joyce is survived by: three (3) brothers Ernest Gibbons Jr., Charlie Gibbons and Ted Gibbons, all of Newport, RI. Joyce leaves her legacy of six (6) children: Robert Johnson (Hyde Park, MA), Lynn Baxter (Norfolk, VA), Robin Johnson (Mattapan, MA), Rynel Johnson (New York, NY), Rhonda Johnson (Mattapan, MA) and Woodie “Chuckie” Johnson (Dorchester MA). Joyce’s legacy continues on through her grand children, great-grand children, nieces and nephews; all of whom she knew by name, until she took her last breathe at Brigham & Women’s Hospital on Friday, June 5, 2015.
The Gibbons-Johnson Family will honor their mother’s and sister’s wishes with an intimate ceremony of “returning of the ashes”, in her hometown of Newport, RI. Cards of well wishes can be sent to 38 Algonquin Street, Dorchester MA 02124. If you knew Joyce, then you know that her garden is vibrant of color and full of life this time of year…remember her in this same fashion.
Rest In Peace: Ma…Mommalina…Grammie…Sister…Aunt Joyce…Miss Johnson…Ma Johnson. You will be missed.
The family of Joyce Elaine Gibbons-Johnson