Elwood Martin Johnson, 88


Elwood Martin Johnson, 88, of Georgetown, Del., died at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, after a long illness. He was the sixth of eight children born to Ralph Johnson and Lula (Short) Johnson.

In 1951, he married Marie Flood. Johnson worked for many years farming with his father and brother. As his family grew, he went to work for Diamond State Telephone Company. When he retired 36 years later, the company was known as Verizon.

For most of his life, Johnson grew a huge “truck patch” every summer, full of vegetables for his family. He also enjoyed going to auctions, refinishing furniture and spending time with his family. He was an exceptionally devoted husband, father and grandfather. Nothing in this world meant more to him than his family.

Johnson was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Milton, Pauline, Helen, Ivah, Granville and Betty Ann; his infant son, Elwood Johnson Jr.; and his beloved Marie, in 2012. Left to cherish his memory are his children Marie and Walter Meding, Linda Sturgis, Ivalene and Rob Still, Quintin and Maria Johnson, and Lisias and Eli Coelho; his grandchildren, Dawn and Rob West, Kelly Meding, John Still, Chloe and Mark Morgan, Faith Still, Lucas and Kenya Johnson, Vivian Coelho and Daniel Coelho; six precious great-grandchildren, Jade Lowe, William and Declan Carey, Eisen and Eckherd Morgan, and Tiani Johnson; a brother, Harold, and his wife, Jeanie Johnson; a brother-in-law, Tom Flood; and many much-loved nieces, nephews and their families.

The family thanked the fine folks at Vitas Hospice and his many faithful eldercare providers, especially Andrew Burdan, Angel Perry and Lorena Tennefoss.

Memorial services were to be held Feb. 19, 2019, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with interment at St. John’s Methodist Church Cemetery in Georgetown, Del. The family suggested memorial contributions to Huntington’s Disease Society of America or Vitas Hospice. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.