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Born on October 23, 1944, in the heart of Jacob City, Florida, Northana's life was a testament to the beauty of blooming where you are planted. Her roots ran deep in the same community she was born in, and it was there that she also drew her last breath, surrounded by the love of her family after a life well-lived.
Northana's legacy is as rich and vibrant as the life she led. She was the daughter of Henry Lee Pittman and Maggie Lee Gillette, who had preceded her in death, along with her beloved husband of 61 years, J.R. Johnson, her cherished daughter Vivian, and her dear siblings Jeanette, Joann, Elouise, and Charlie George, as well as her treasured great-grandson Alihondro. Her spirit, a blend of resilience and tenderness, was reflected in the warmth of her smile and the depth of her compassion.
She leaves behind a legacy of love in her children: Lillian Johnson and Raymond Johnson, both of Cottondale, Florida, and Regina Bell-Perry (Shawn) of Graceville, Florida. Her grandchildren—LaKeisha, Ashley, Tierra, Treyshaun, Qua, and D'Angelo—along with her great-grandchildren—Jamaris, J'Norris, Kishannon, Christian, Heavenly, Royal, Roy, Lanxton, MarQuavious, and Nairobi—will carry forward her indomitable spirit. Her brother, Andrew Gillette (Lois), and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, including Rachel Lee Tucker, Sallie Johnson, Elouise Johnson, Eula Johnson, Edward Johnson, Eddie Dean Johnson of Campbellton, Florida, and Vaughn Jenkins of Panama City, Florida; bonus daughters: Connie, Sandy, Avis, Serena, Scherrie, Tarphine, Taiishina and several others; special cousins, Reverend David Pittman and Simon Britt; special friend, Mrs. Annie Lee Henderson all who will forever hold her in their hearts.
Northana's professional life was marked by over 30 years of dedicated service at Campbellton-Graceville Hospital. Her tireless commitment to her work was not just a career but a calling, as she uplifted and supported countless individuals throughout her tenure. Her involvement in various associations further showcased her commitment to community and her belief in the power of collective effort.
Northana Johnson's story does not end with her passing; it is a narrative that will be retold and relived through the lives of those she loved and served. Her journey reminds us all to live with purpose, to cherish each moment, and to leave a legacy of love and service that outlives our physical presence.
As we bid farewell to Northana, we do so with hearts full of gratitude for the time we shared with her. Her life was a portrait of love in action, and she will be dearly missed. Let us honor her memory by embracing her ethos: to live meaningfully, to love generously, and to make a difference. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded."
Northana Johnson indeed succeeded, and her light will forever shine brightly in the lives she touched.