Geraldine Ann Edwards-Johnson, passed away in Little Rock, Ark., on May 9, 2021. Mrs. Johnson was born on January 13, 1942, in Little Rock, Ark., to Willie James Edwards, Sr. and Annie Mae Smith-Edwards. In May of 1963, Mrs. Johnson graduated with the financial assistance of her husband, Columbus Johnson, from Philander Smith College with a degree in
Elementary Education. It was also in 1963 that Mrs. Johnson began her teaching career at Stephens Elementary School in Little Rock, Ark. Mrs. Johnson then returned to teach at her childhood school, Carver Elementary, where she taught 6th grade.
After approximately 17 years, Mrs. Johnson transferred to Pulaski Heights Middle School where she became the 6th-7th Grade English Chairperson and served throughout the following years on superintendent appointed committees. In the early 1990’s, when elementary school counselors were approved to be placed in elementary schools, Mrs. Johnson chose to attain an additional Master’s Degree in Kindergarten-12th Grade School Counseling. Mrs. Johnson first worked as a Counselor at McDermott Elementary School, and then was called upon to establish the first Counseling Program at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary Magnet School.
After the birth of her grandchild, Mrs. Johnson graciously retired from teaching and later attained a Lifetime Teaching License from the Arkansas Department of Education in the areas of Elementary Education in 1st through 6th grades and Guidance Counseling in Kindergarten-12th grade. It was not too long after retirement that Mrs. Johnson attained Montessori Certification and developed as well as began teaching a curriculum infused with Principles of the Montessori Method and Early Childhood Education while in business with her daughter, Carla Johnson, at Johnson’s Montessori School. Mrs. Johnson was a Life Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a dedicated member of the Beta Pi Omega Chapter in Little Rock, Ark.
Mrs. Geraldine Edwards-Johnson is preceded in death by her father, Willie James Edwards, Sr., mother, Annie Mae Smith-Edwards, a daughter, Dorothy Johnson, a sister, Carolyn Edwards of Dallas, Texas, and a niece, Jennifer Lee Edwards of St. Louis, Mo. She leaves to cherish precious
memories of her: a devoted husband, Columbus L. Johnson; two supportive daughters, Carla Johnson and Carmen Hardin (Anwar); and a loving granddaughter, Amaya Hardin; two loving sisters, Gladys Mosby (Roy) of Leesville, La., and Eugenia Jackson of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; and cherished brothers and sisters-in-law, Willie James Edwards, Jr. (Ruby) of Little Rock, Ark., Terry Lee Edwards (Jewel) of Maumelle, Ark., and Erma Washington of Little Rock, Ark; and, a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, loving relatives and devoted friends.
Family Hour will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home. Masks required and social spacing observed. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 12 Noon, at Pilgrim Valley Baptist Church. The service will be live-streamed on the Ruffin & Jarrett Facebook page. Requirements for social distancing, limited seating, and masking remain in place. In lieu of flowers, please make an honorary donation to the Friends of Johnson’s Montessori School in affiliation with the G. Johnson Early Childhood Education Initiative at Malvern National Bank, 1818 N. Taylor Street, Little Rock, Ark.