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Elizabeth P. 'Betsy' Johnson, educator and homemaker

Elizabeth P. "Betsy" Johnson, a homemaker and former educator who had lived in Stoneleigh for many years, died Feb. 5 of influenza at the William Breman Jewish Home in Atlanta. She was 92.

Mrs. Johnson, who had a home in Devon Hill in North Roland Park, had lived in Atlanta for the past three years after breaking a leg, family members said.

The daughter of an attorney and a homemaker, Elizabeth Pruitt was born and raised in Hickory, N.C., where she graduated in 1938 from Hickory High School.

After graduating in 1942 from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., with a bachelor's degree in art education, Mrs. Johnson taught art in Kinston, N.C.

In 1945, she married Beverly Johnson, a Marine Corps aviator who was stationed at Cherry Point, N.C. The couple moved in 1952 to Cedarcroft and later to Stoneleigh, where they lived for 38 years.

After her youngest child entered the first grade, Mrs. Johnson frequently worked as a substitute teacher at Stoneleigh Elementary School.

Mrs. Johnson was active in the Stoneleigh Garden Club, where her garden show arrangements often won blue ribbons, as did her home for its exterior Christmas decorations, family members said.

She enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Nine-Hole Ladies' group at the Country Club of Maryland, and later at the Towson Golf and Country Club.

When she was in her 50s, Mrs. Johnson began playing tennis and was still playing doubles well into her 80s.

She also was an inveterate bridge player and had played with the same bridge club for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Johnson's husband, a civil engineer, died in 2010.

She was a member for 62 years of University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St., where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by four daughters, Anna Johnson Funkhouser of Baltimore, Beth Johnson Saffer of Orlando, Fla., Barbara Johnson Bazzel of Atlanta and Alice Pruitt Johnson of Tustin, Calif.; a twin sister, Amelia Pruitt Nichols of Newton, N.C.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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