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Special family reunion celebrates matriarch

Staff Reports • Updated Dec 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM

After 30-plus years of family members not seeing each other and finaly all in one place at the same time, under the adverse condition of the death of 99-year-old matriarch Helen Johnson, celebrate her life.

The celebration took place Dec. 16 at Friendship Baptist Church in Lebanon.

Family traveled from Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina and Colorado. Johnson’s family gathering was held by her daughter, Dorthy Kraft. Representatives of the Vietnam Veterans of America attended and gave honor to the prior demise of Johnson’s husband, Albert Johnson, who served aboard a ship in the Pacific during World War II. Chad Pinion delivered the service.

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