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Ruth Mae Johnson

November 3, 1931 - March 6, 2021

Missionary Ruth Johnson

Missionary Ruth Johnson was born in Perth Amboy, NJ, November 3, 1931, the second oldest daughter to Rosalie and Henry Tillery of Perth Amboy, NJ. The family later relocated to Keyport, NJ where Ruth attended Keyport Elementary and High Schools.

Ruth married Joseph Gotell in December 1948. To that union, four sons were born. The family lived in Boston, MA and New Haven, CT before locating to New Jersey. On September 24, 1977, Ruth married Jack Johnson and they resided in Colonia, NJ, Ruth and Jack were certified Foster Parents. After retirement, Ruth and Jack relocated to Grafton and Seaford, VA.

After being baptized at the age of 13, Ruth began her work in the church. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Keyport, NJ, where she joined the Children’s Choir, Children’s Usher Board and later taught Children’s Sunday School. She was exceptionally talented in assisting with the Easter and Christmas plays and various programs. She later joined the Holy Mountain Church of God in Christ, where she sang in the Adult Choir and taught Sunday School. She was also a member of Morning Star United Holiness Church in Linden, NJ, where Ruth received her license as a Missionary. After relocating to Virginia, Ruth and Jack became faithful members of First Baptist Church of Denbigh in Newport News, VA. While there, she was a member of the Mary Tillerson Senior Ministry, the Kissiah Reed Mission ministry, the Pastor’s Anniversary Committee, the Church Anniversary Committee, and the Prayer Ministry.

Ruth modeled for the Fashion Elegante Senior Modeling Group, where she served as Chairperson. Additionally, she was a member of the NAACP, Red Hatters, and Trustee #2 of the Ladies VFW District #1 Post 824 of Grafton, VA.

Ruth was employed in 1965 by the Woodbridge Developmental Center of the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services. She as a Cottage Training Supervisor, Assistant Supervisor of Resident Living and Branch President of the Communications Workers of America Union, where she received several commendations and remained a gold lifetime member, retiring from a career of 26 years of service in 1991.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rosalie and Henry Tillery; husband, Jack Johnson; son, James Steven Gotell; sisters, Julia Tillery, Mary Dean and Sadie Queen; and daughter-in-law, Sarah Gotell.

She leaves to cherish her memory, from labor to reward, her sons, Glenn McCoy Gotell of Virginia, Mark Daryl Gotell of Seaford, VA, and Joseph Ricky Gotell (Desiree) of Henrico, VA; blended family of three, Randy Scott of Newport News, VA, Deidrick Scott (Kawana) of Hampton, VA, and Ivy Webb (Michael) of Murrieta, CA; sisters, Gertrude White of Bethesda, MD, Rose Daye of Plainfield, NJ, and Roberta Douglas of Fredericksburg, VA; and a host of cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Altmeyer Funeral Home-Denbigh Chapel, beginning at noon, with a visitation 1 hour prior.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel

12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608


Service Information

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel

12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608


Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm

Location:

Albert G. Horton Memorial Veteran Cemetery

5310 Milners Rd.
Suffolk, VA 23434


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