In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Elaine’s lifelong commitment to the ministries of Christ, we ask that donations be made to any of the following: Lancaster County Council of Churches Food Bank, Church World Services, or any charity that directly provides food, clothing, shelter, or pathways to self-reliance.
Gratefully loosed from the trials of this world, Elaine H Johnson, 85 years of age, entered into perfect communion with the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church Triumphant, on January 20, 2019. She was born to Anita G Hoover (née Stevens) and Paul W Hoover on July 22 1933, in Strasburg, PA. Elaine graduated from McCaskey High School in 1951, and received her BS in Elementary Education from Millersville State Teachers College in 1955. She taught school for a few years prior to starting her family. She was the beloved wife of William J Johnson of Lancaster, for more than 62 years.
Elaine was dedicated to a life of service and faith. She loved music and hospitality, and served the Lord with these gifts, as well as with a willingness to help anybody in need, in any way that she could. From the time she was a teenager, Elaine played the piano and organ for church services and other functions. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church. She sang in church choirs throughout her life. With her husband Bill, she was a member of Highland Presbyterian for over 50 years, where she served in many roles, including being an elder of the church, managing the Food Cupboard Ministry for over 15 years, serving on the Hospitality Committee, providing assistance to refugees, and providing care through the Stephens Ministry. She was active in community service for several decades, volunteering for many organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Leola Women’s Club, the Fulton Opera House, and the Leola Public Library.
Elaine is survived by her husband William (“Bill”); a sister, Louise Carson, of Troy, NY; a son, Eric W. Johnson, of Abingdon, MD; a daughter, Carol Edwards (David), of Mohnton, PA; and many treasured nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Mary Rachel Hoover.
Services will be held on Saturday, January 26th at Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E Roseville Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601. Visitation will start at 10 AM. The memorial service will be at 11 AM, followed by a luncheon.