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Flora Cecilia (Whittaker) Johnson

May 3, 1929 ~ April 5, 2019 (age 89)
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Flora was born on May 3, 1929 to Percy Johnson and Modest Whittaker in Roatan, Honduras. She was the oldest of her sisters, Ima, Lulith, and Rebina. Her mother passed away when Flora was the age of nine and her nurturing nature was instilled as she was now having to care for her younger sisters. Once she became a mother, she moved from Roatan to La Ceiba to raise her family.

In 1968, Flora immigrated to Boston, MA from Honduras to establish a better life for herself and her children. She worked at Beth Israel Hospital in environmental services for twenty years, before retiring in 1994. Flora was a hard working woman who dedicated her life to taking care of her family, exceptionally raising her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Flora was a phenomenal woman. Her faith in God and her family, both near and far, were of the utmost important aspects of her life. She embodied everything she spoke and she lived the word of God daily, inspiring others to do the same. She was a woman of strength, intelligence, and respect. She always told it like it is whether it was accepted or not. She made sure that her voice was heard and that it was heard well.

Flora was fearless. She embraced life to its fullest with integrity and grace despite the obstacles that came her way. No matter what happened, her faith in God did not waiver. She always reminded us the importance of trusting in God’s plan because each of us will be blessed by him for it.

As a single mom, she worked hard and sometimes without much rest to provide for her children. She loved to cook, bake, and she enjoyed sitting on her porch during the warm seasons with a cup of coffee or a little something extra. She loved taking her grandchildren with her wherever she went and they were always eager to go with “Grandma”. She was a social butterfly. She enjoyed talking to her girlfriends on the phone endlessly for hours at a time as well as catching up with friends and family at social gatherings. People were drawn to her radiant energy because of her love for reminiscing on the old days. Flora was very selfless. She always took care of others before taking care of herself. When she retired, she devoted herself even more to the caring and nurturing of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was the light of her family and her wisdom touched the lives of many. She was loved by everyone because she radiated peace, love, and understanding. Flora passed away at the age of 89, one month before her 90th birthday. She was the last of her sisters to be welcomed into God’s Kingdom.

Flora is survived by her children: Marva, Alfredo, Nena, Erol, Eunice, Joleen, Yolanda, Leonardo, and Dayan as well as her twenty-four grandchildren, countless great-grands, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends. On March 13, 2019, Flora’s first great-great grandchild, Amora Isabelle, was welcomed into the world.

Flora’s legacy will live on through each and every one of us and her spirit will guide us forever.

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