Beatrice Johnson Miller


"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend and a sweet loving Aunt Bea."



   On November 8, 1910, in Hague, Virginia, the sun rose and a beam of love was placed in the arms of the late Noah and Maryetta Johnson. That ray was Beatrice, affectionately known as Aunt Bea, by all who loved and cared for her.

   Educated at the schools in Hague, Aunt Bea left at an early age to come to Baltimore to seek employment. She worked in Layette Market and was also a Domestic Engineer for many of Baltimore's elite families, including the very devoted Costanza Family who visited with her two weeks ago.

   True to her teachings and belief that family should support each other, she sent for her sisters, Blanche and Susie, promising her parents that she would care for them. Aunt Bea did not let them down. She truly cared for not only them but their families until she was no longer able. When it became our turn to lookout and care for her, it was not a chore but a pleasure that was provided by her loving niece Marietta, knowing that the rest of us would be there at a moment notice.

   Aunt Bea was raised in a Christian home with Christian morals and beliefs. Although she did not belong to a local church, that did not stop her from giving to charities and to various churches in the community. The family would oft time talk about how Aunt Bea was more of a Christian than those of us who attended church every Sunday. She believed that if you could not do good, than don't do anything; and if you could not speak well of a person than keep your mouth shut.

   She loved to read, watch and listen to the various television and radio talk shows, therefore she knew more about what was happening in the community and world than most of us. She would sometimes ask questions that would make us ponder. We knew that we were to never call or visit unless we had full details and all of the facts. We could never leave without directions and orders for the day and week ahead.

   Later in life Aunt Bea was joined in marriage to a long time friend Robert Miller who proceeded her in death - February 1992, at the age of 103.

  Aunt Bea has flown away to join her parents, one brother Ralph Johnson; two sisters - Blanche Northern and Suzanne Harris, but leaves to cherish her memory and to carry on the legacy many cousins, nieces and nephews