Johnnie Mae Mattison was born to the late Martha Jane Waldrup & Johnnie Curenton December 19, 1943 in Greenwood, South Carolina town of Hodges. Johnnie was educated in the Hodges County South Carolina school system, where she graduated from Brewer High School in 1963. Her education continued with college courses and professional training that would segway into Presbyterian Home caregiving, Early Childhood Development, Manufacturing, and Health Systems and Administration.
Johnnie accepted Christ at an earlier age of her life becoming Baptized at Mars Hill Baptist Church in Hodges, South Carolina. Upon completion of High School in 1963
Johnnie moved to Evanston, Illinois to be with her sister Betty Johnson, and began attending Ebenezer AME Baptist Church in Evanston.
On August 19, 1979 Johnnie married Joseph A. Mattison who preceded her in death on October 9,2009.
On October 16, 1994 Johnnie rededicated her life to Christ in joining Bethany Baptist Church of Evanston, Illinois, happily serving on the Usher Board and Missions Ministry.
Johnnie worked for 40 years at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois serving the community and hospital in various roles such as Medical Records Professional, Emergency Room Admissions Professional, Hospital Registration Professional. While at St. Francis, Johnnie was a staunch supporter of 'Giving' Campaigns targeting the underserved, unwell, and those with less. Johnnie donated hundreds of hours of time over her career in support of making a positive difference.
Johnnie enjoyed family, traveling, knitting, food exploration, mission work, charitable effort, and a plethora of other people-focused activities.
Johnnie is survived by daughters (Sherry D. Curenton & Tamara N. Mattison); son (Donald Curenton); grandchildren (Ryan D. Curenton, Kinji J. Curenton, Ephraim J. Curenton, and Ryan Curenton JI. - great grandchild); brothers (John Waldrup, James Waldrup, June Waldrup, and Cater Curenton). sisters; (Betty Johnson and Lenora Payne);
and a host of many loving and caring nieces, nephews, god children, and friends spanning the globe. Please keep the family in your prayers, obituary will be posted at a later time.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director
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