My spirit is lifted, while my heart mourns
On May 21, 1994, Mama flew to Madison from Memphis, Tennessee, to attend my graduation. I remember us feeling like it was her graduation too. It is a day I will never forget.
Shortly before the Lord called her to eternity, my brother Deacon Preston Johnson Jr. and I shared with her that her dedication to motherhood, the sacrifices she made for us as a single mother, and her faith in and advocacy of higher education, would live on in her name at Edgewood College. The Myrtis Nickelberry Memorial Scholarship celebrates her unwavering faith, unshakeable confidence, and unquestionable style.
Passed away: April 3, 2015