Maloris Mae Cleveland was born to the late Thomas Cleveland and Alma Shepard on June 10, 1940 in Newport News, Virginia. She was the youngest of three children and was preceded in death by her brother Ulysses Shepard (DeVera Shephard) and sister Juanita Shephard. After graduating from Jefferson High School, Maloris met and married Albert Johnson, Master Chief Petty Officer, USN (deceased) and through that union they were blessed with five children.
Maloris started her career as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, worked as a Supervisor for National Pen Corp. and became a Home Health Aid.
Maloris accepted Christ into her life and after moving to San Diego in 1974, she made 31st Street Seventh Day Adventist Church her “home”. As a dedicated member, Maloris taught Bible Studies, was a member of the Prayer Warriors, When Women Pray (Assistant Secretary), Church Accounting Team (Treasurer) and member of the Communications Team.
Maloris loved encouraging others. She was known for her hugs and telling stories about her life and the lessons she learned. She was a mother figure, confidant, and friend to many, as well as the Matriarch to her children. Maloris’s children knew they were loved and were encouraged to always love the Lord. She led by example, emulating a strong woman of faith, determination, and a loving spirit.
Maloris leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved children, Showana Files-Johnson, Darcel Johnson, Albert Johnson, Jr (Regina Laster-Johnson), and Vonzinna Johnson-Salter (Richard Salter), Her grandchildren, Davonte Johnson (Brittany), Angelo Scott Johnson, Rashaun Johnson (Stephanie) FL, Antwayn Johnson, and Jasmine Johnson. Five great grandchildren, Breea , Alaysia, Angelo, Mia and Aaron Johnson. Her sister-in-law DeVera Shephard, and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends to mourn her passing. Maloris is preceded in death by her son, Trory Johnson and grandson Trory Jerome Johnson.
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