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In Memory of Connie Johnson… | February 29, 2016

If it can be said, my mother-in law died a “good” death, out of pain and surrounded by those she loved and those who adored her.

She was extraordinary. A heart like a hotel — with room for all.

But the most memorable thing she said, which I’d like to share with you is: “The more love you give, the more you get. And the more you have to give back.”

In other words, love is infinite.

The world is a little poorer for her death. But richer for her life.






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  1. I am SURE that Connie has left a wonderful legacy & touched many souls thru her tireless unselfishness towards others. May God Bless her soul & those who knew her & loved her like you Phylis are just that much more enriched by her .

    My mother who sadly has passed many years ago also touched many human beings like your Connie & I vividly would recall hearing her say often “Thank You For Your Kindness” & said it with the utmost conviction.

    I’ll leave you with this saying & that is “Today is a Gift & Tomorrow is a Hope”….reach out every day to people with a Positive Attitude & it’s OK to say Good Morning to a stranger despite the quizzical look you will get in return often times.

    Warmest Regards to you Phylis & enjoy your week.

    AL “AJ” Johnson – Ontario, California


    Comment by AL "AJ" Johnson — February 29, 2016 @ 6:50 PM

    • Connie was so amazing.

      Among other things, she was Professor Emeritus of English as a Second Language at Philadelphia Community College where she taught an abundance of Asians running from the “Killing Fields” and helped them start a new life.

      She not only taught them English, she helped them get into stellar colleges, find work, and homes.

      And yes, she often took them into her home.

      Many adopted her as “Mother Johnson” and went on to name their children in honor of her and Arden. A testimony to THEIR love and devotion.


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 1, 2016 @ 10:39 AM

  2. Sorry, Phyllis, for your loss.


    Comment by Chris Keller — February 29, 2016 @ 7:28 PM

  3. Hope you are doing okay, you know your loved one is watching and hearing what you say. They are proud of you doing this.


    Comment by michele metzger — February 29, 2016 @ 8:41 PM

  4. Sorry to hear, God bless her


    Comment by suresh — February 29, 2016 @ 10:40 PM

  5. You,through your writing, are passing along her legacy. You give hope and understanding to so many. May God’s peace be with you.



    Comment by Ann — March 1, 2016 @ 7:47 AM

  6. Thank you all, especially people like AJ who has suffered such painful losses.

    I find myself talking to her every day and trying not to cry.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 1, 2016 @ 10:42 AM

  7. Start and end, are part of life. As we know nothing last forever and our life is short already and for some even shorter.

    If it wasn’t for modern technology, I myself would have been gone 10 yrs ago thanks to a baseball size brain tumor i had. But luckily my tumor was not brain invasive and the docs were able to remove it. So i have a new lease on life. Some not so lucky. We just have to be grateful for the people in our lives and try to make everyone’s life as pleasant a possible. Arguments can be over come, negativity can be turned into positives, hate can be turned into love, etc…… Life is so much better without negativity.

    Life is a miracle and we need to be happy for the moments we get with the people we love and the people who are in it.

    End of sermon. 🙂


    Comment by Zolt — March 3, 2016 @ 3:07 PM

  8. She was the most positive, generous, thoughtful, giving, being alive.

    So loving. And so loved.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 3, 2016 @ 3:23 PM

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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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