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Florine   Johnson   Graham
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Obituary for Florine Johnson Graham

Florine Johnson Graham departed this walk of life and entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 29, 2018. She was born on December 20, 1931 to the late Rufus and Bessie Williams in Carteret, New Jersey. Florine, or “Flo” as she was affectionately known, worked tirelessly to help others and serve her community. Florine worked with victims of lead poison and other infectious diseases at the Department of Health and Welfare. Flo was always in the forefront as a community organizer and activist in the city of Newark. Florine served as the District Leader for Councilman Donald Tucker. She served on the Election committee for Newark’s First Black Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson and won. In one of the proudest moments of her political service, she served on the 1972 Election Committee for the first Black female U.S. Presidential Candidate, The Honorable Shirley Chisholm.

Florine, after moving to East Arcadia, North Carolina, became a faithful member of New Miracle Tabernacle Holiness Church. She received great joy serving as the Secretary of the Mass Choir, planning, scheduling concerts, touring and attending gospel celebrations throughout the surrounding communities. Florine’s community activism was evident when she started a petition that led to a referendum to get roads paved for public access vehicles to safely pick up children and seniors from their homes.

Florine loved family. She was known by everyone to make the best lasagna in the world. She still found time to get multiple degrees in the field of Welding, Nursing, Information Technology and Business Administration.

Florine was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur Lee Johnson and Walter Graham. She was also preceded in death by her children Wanda Johnson, Geraldine Johnson, Bruce Johnson and Lester Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories:

Children: Raymond Johnson, Rufus Johnson (Annette), Constance Johnson all of Newark, NJ, Kenneth Graham (Karen), Keith Graham all of Riegelwood, NC. Sixteen (16) Grandchildren, 22 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandchild. And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Visitation

Monday

7

May

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Perry Funeral Home

34 Mercer St.
Newark, NJ 07103

Funeral Service

Tuesday

8

May

11:00 AM
Perry Funeral Home

34 Mercer St.
Newark, NJ 07103

Cemetery Details

Location

Rosehill Cemetery

Rosehill US Highway 1 N
Linden, NJ 07036

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