Helen Blair Jenkins Johnson

Helen Johnson obit pic colorHelen Blair Jenkins Johnson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family in Dickinson, Texas on October 24, 2014. She was born in Gastonia, North Carolina on January 8, 1934 and was a graduate of Ashley High School and Lenoir Rhyne University. Helen married the love of her life and best friend, George Howell Johnson in 1955 and moved to Houston in 1961. She worked at Hallmark Card Corporation and American Standard, and later resumed her studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with Highest Honors.

Known affectionately by her grandchildren as “Nanoo,” Helen dedicated her life to caring for and nurturing her family. Everyone that met her found her to be a most generous, compassionate and gentle soul; all will sorely miss her kindness, easygoing manner and out-of-this-world buttermilk biscuits.

Helen enjoyed spending time with her family as well as traveling, doing genealogy research, and pursing her love of gardening. She was involved in many organizations including Daughters of the American Revolution, Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Auxiliary of the American Medical Association, Dickinson Historical Society, and she was a Life Member of the District IV Weed ‘N’ Wish Garden Club, where she served as president from 2003-2005.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, John Smith Jenkins, Sr. and Mamie Maude Mundy Schronce Jenkins; brothers Robert Bain Jenkins, Sr., and John Smith Jenkins, Jr.; sister Delores Jenkins Thornton.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Dr. George Howell Johnson, Sr.; son Dr. George Howell Johnson, Jr. and wife Leslie; daughters Amie Johnson Dempsey and husband Jake, Mandy Johnson Boike and husband Terry, Sally Johnson Litjen and husband Jerry; grandchildren Allison Gaskey Billings and husband Brandon, Terry Clay Boike Jr., Kaileigh Blair Dempsey, Samuel Alejandro Johnson, Joshua Brady Johnson, Grant Blair Litjen, Parker Howell Litjen, and Banks Davis Litjen; brothers Robert Bain Jenkins Jr. and sister Ann Jenkins Riggs, as well as numerous family members and friends.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at Crowder Funeral Home located at 851 FM 517 Rd. West in Dickinson, Texas on Tuesday October 28, 2014 at 11AM. Pastor Rick Branek will officiate the service.

In addition to flowers, memorials in Helen’s name may be sent to the American Cancer Society or a charity of choice. Condolences may be sent online to www.crowderfuneralhome.com.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Daniel LeHane, Dr. Jimmy Howell, Dr. Craig Johnson, and Dr. Kim Bloom.


  1. To all the family, I would like to express my condolences in the loss of Mrs. Johnson. She was such a good friend. Such a smart beautiful lady. Will miss calling her.

    Jeanette Rau
  2. Growing up, I considered Mrs. Johnson to be my second mother. Words cannot express the loss of such a special person. Those left behind will have a special place in their heart for her and Heaven has gained a very special angel. I’m blessed to have ever known and been a part of her life.

    Greg Valk
  3. Mrs. Helen Johnson will be missed by many she touched many souls with her caring touch. I know the family very well. I know she will be watching over her family always. Sent with heartfelt feelings, support and love to the Johnson family.

    Jeffrey Gaskey
  4. Sally
    I have no words that could comfort you like a mother’s hug. I do know that knowing your mother is in a place of peace, love and happiness in the surroundings of the Lord. Please know that make sure to keep only the happiest moments within your heart as these make missing her a little easier.

    Miss you
    Felicia D Tracy

    Felicia D Tracy
  5. What a legacy she has left behind, she instilled love, laughter & value in her family. To me she was the epitome of kind.. She was a gracious individual and always left you with a smile. She had endless kind gestures…. So profoundly blessed from the impression you made upon me. I will miss you.

    Tammy Rochester
  6. Oh, I am SO saddened and SO sorry. I’m sitting here trying to put my feelings and sadness in words but I’m speechless. All the love I can possibly cram in this note is sent to every single one of you. God bless you my dear, dear friends.

    Pansy Faggart Smith

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