Azalia Elizabeth Johnson (nee Sutton), 88, and know as "Red" to friends and family died Thursday, May 24, 2007 at Anchor Lodge Retirement Village in Lorain from complications related to diabetes. Prior to Anchor Lodge, she lived in Oberlin, for over 50 years. She was born in New London, the youngest girl of four children to Geneva and Albert Sutton. She attended New London High school from which she graduated in 1937. While at New London High School, she was known as somewhat of a social butterfly and it was there that she was given her lifelong nickname of "Red" because of the color of her hair. The family later moved to Oberlin. In 1946, she married Leeother ("Lee") Johnson of Lorain who preceded her in death in 1983. The union produced two sons, Rick who married Weiwei Du and Theodore (also know as "Mac"), who married Cynthia Carney. Cynthia and Theodore have a 15 year old son Wesley Miles. Both sons currently reside in New York City with their families. While alive, Azalia and Lee were devoted to their sons and stressed the importance of quality education. The parents were active in the local PTA, Oberlin Marching Band and local Cub and Boy Scouts chapters. Son Rick received his high school diploma from Oberlin High School and graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in New York City and later received his law and business degrees from Harvard University. Younger son Theodore received his high school diploma from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and he also graduated from Columbia University. Mrs. Johnson worked in the President’s house of Oberlin College and later in life became very interested in collecting dolls, teddy bears and spoons from around the world, but her focus changed at the birth of her only grandchild Wesley which she spoiled at every opportunity. Mrs. Johnson was a member of Rust United Methodist Church and actively participated and supported her church in many endeavors.
In addition to her sons and their families, she is survived by two sisters, Flossie Richardson and Minnie Patterson, both now living in Orville; nieces Barbara Jean Caffie of Cleveland and Geri Steward of Austin; cousin Richard Rodriguez and wife Delores of Columbus; sister-in-law Francis Sutton (brother John deceased) of Oberlin; and many more family members.
A website memorializing her life, complete with vintage and current pictures, and the opportunity to express condolences may be accessed on the Internet at http://Azalia-Johnson.virtual-memorials.com. For those without internet access please feel free to leave your messages of condolence at 347-328-5566. The family is planning a graveside interment service of her cremated remains in late July. Memorial contributions should be made in Azalia’s name to the America Diabetes Association. Garland-Misencik Funeral Home is handling arrangements.