Lenore J. Johnson

  • Born: November 14, 1931
  • Died: November 30, 2021
  • Location: Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home

PO Box 2035
2000 N Morrison Blvd
Hammond, LA 70404

Tel. (985) 345-5801

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lenore J. Johnson of Ponchatoula, passed away in Ponchatoula on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the age of 90. She was born on November 14, 1931 in Dallas, Texas and became a Louisiana resident in 1950 when she moved to Louisiana to attend college. Valedictorian of North Dallas High School class of January 1949, she attended Newcomb College (Tulane) on full scholarship and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in 1953. Upon completion of post graduate work in Library Science at Southeastern Louisiana University in 1980, she was hired by Tangipahoa Parish Library, where she was employed for 36 years until her retirement in 2016 at the age of 85. She began first as the Branch Manager at the Ponchatoula Branch then Hammond Branch, worked on the parish-wide bookmobile. and then moved to Amite Headquarters in Administration. Her last 20 years there were spent developing the Local History and Genealogy Department. In addition, she was instrumental in the creation of the Statewide Summer Reading Program. She was an active member of her beloved All Saints Episcopal Church, Ponchatoula since 1976, serving on the vestry and also as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. Lenore is survived by her four children: Susan L. Johnson of Orange Beach, Alabama, Mary-Martha Biessenberger (Shawn) of Memphis, Tennessee, Elizabeth Bergeron (Gary) of Baton Rouge, and Jane Johnson (James Dunne) of Ponchatoula, who were her devoted caregivers in the last years of her life; her four grandchildren: Leila Marten Traina (Louis) of Memphis; Zachary Stolz and Alex Stolz, both of Orange Beach, and Gracie Bergeron of Baton Rouge, as well as her five great-grandchildren: Saul, Sylvie & Santino Traina of Memphis; Aleigh & Kayden Stolz of Orange Beach. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years James Dalton Johnson, Jr.; her parents: Thomas Nathaniel Johnson & Ruth Dollahite Johnson Prater & her brother Thomas Carl Johnson. Family and friends are invited to her memorial Eucharist service which will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 250 W Hickory St, Ponchatoula, LA at 11:00 am Saturday, December 11, with Rev. G. Nelson Tennison officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite public library or to All Saints Episcopal Church, 250 W. Hickory St., Ponchatoula, LA 70454. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.harrymckneely.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sooty for your loss of your lovely, kind mother.My prayers are with the family.

Posted by Martha Delaune Cooper - Bush, LA - Friend   December 11, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of your passing. You were a very intelligent lady that will sorely missed! May you rest in peace.

Posted by Jada Davis - Work   December 09, 2021

Did not know you personally but like so many in this parish benefited from your professional integrity and standards during your years of service at Tangipahoa Library. My children participated in the summer reading programs as do my grandchildren. The years when you were in charge of book selections we're some of the finest. Thankyou

Posted by Sharon Graziano - Loranger, LA - Acquaintance   December 06, 2021

Such a knowledgeable lady with answers to an unbelievable amount of questions. And she didn't always have to search the shelves to find the answers either!
Just had them filed away in her memory.
Have missed seeing her.

Posted by Kathryn Martin - Ponchatoula, LA - Family Friend   December 05, 2021

Miss Lenore you were always warm and welcoming whenever I was over visiting Elizabeth. Your gentle kindness did not go unnoticed.

Maythe road rise the meet you, Maythe wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm on your face, and the rain fall soft upon your fields, until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Posted by David Haik - Overland Park, KS - Family Friend   December 04, 2021

Ms Johnson, you were a bright light in my exploration of my new home in Tangipahoa Parish. Thank you for guiding the way to the resources of knowledge and for illuminating the recesses of the past for all of my fellow explorers.

Posted by Carole Lachney    December 03, 2021

Thank you so much Ms. Johnson for your tireless efforts in our libraries . My heartfelt condolences go out to all of the family. You will be in my prayers.

Posted by Gary Stanga - Ponchatoula, LA - Family Friend   December 03, 2021