JOHN­SON, KeiLondi Nicole.

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - REMEMBERIN­G -

On Satur­day, May 9, 2020, God dis­patched a char­iot from Heaven to escort his good and faith­ful ser­vant, KeiLondi Nicole John­son from la­bor to re­ward. She was an over­comer and pos­i­tive role model, who did not let her dis­abil­ity de­fine her.

Born in Rich­mond, Va., at Med­i­cal Col­lege of Vir­ginia Hospi­tal to Keith and Mar­garet John­son on March 16, 1977. She was the sec­ond old­est of four girls.

She re­ceived her ed­u­ca­tion from Chimb­o­razo & Clark Springs Preschool/El­e­men­tary (1981 to 1988), Hen­der­son Mid­dle School (1988 to 1991), John Marshall High School Hon­ors grad­u­ate Class of 1995, Vir­ginia State Univer­sity Un­der­grad­u­ate, Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence De­gree, School of Agri­cul­ture Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and the School of Busi­ness as Cum Laude (1999), Mas­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion De­gree in Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion (2001). While at­tend­ing VSU she worked as a teacher and sum­mer Di­rec­tor at the Cen­ter for Young Chil­dren (1998 to 2003).

KeiLondi was a de­voted pro­fes­sional of Hen­rico County Pub­lic Schools. In Septem­ber of 2003, she be­gan work­ing at J.R. Tucker High School as a fam­ily and con­sumer sci­ence teacher. Dur­ing her time at Hen­rico County, she served as Sec­re­tary (2011 to 2012), Pres­i­dent Elect/Pres­i­dent/Past-Pres­i­dent (2012 to 2015) and Trea­surer (2015 to 2020) of Vir­ginia As­so­ci­a­tion for Teach­ers of Fam­ily and Con­sumer Sciences (VATFACS). In 2004 she re­ceived the J.R. Tucker High School, Re­cip­i­ent First Year Teacher Award. In 2016 she was an­nounced Teacher of the Year by VATFACS. In 2017 she was rec­og­nized by Vir­ginia As­so­ci­a­tion Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (VA ACTE) as Out­stand­ing Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Teacher of the Year. She rechar­tered Fam­ily, Ca­reer and Com­mu­nity Lead­ers of Amer­ica (FCCLA) at J.R. Tucker, where she served as ad­vi­sor and Mas­ter Ad­vi­sor.

KeiLondi served as Overseer for Chil­dren’s Church Min­istry (ages seven to 10) at Mt. Gilead Full Gospel In­ter­na­tional Min­istries. She served in this area as a teacher for over 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the Out­stand­ing Ser­vice Award for Teacher of the Year. KeiLondi was also an Am­bas­sador for Mus­cu­lar

Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion (MDA), par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Mus­cle Walk, Walk for a Cure, Fire­fight­ers Fill-the-boot cam­paign and Pass­port to a Cure Gala.

KeiLondi lived a driven and pur­pose­ful 43 years. Over the span of her life, she had touched so many with her spirit, tenac­ity and love for all peo­ple and an­i­mals. At the age of three she was di­ag­nosed with Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy; Spinal Mus­cu­lar At­ro­phy III (Ju­ve­nile SMA), which re­sulted in the loss of phys­i­cal strength, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to walk, stand or lift arms. Once old enough, she be­gan to at­tend MDA sum­mer camps where she met other chil­dren with sim­i­lar con­di­tions. De­spite her dis­abil­ity, she was mu­si­cally gifted and learned to play the clar­inet, which she played from el­e­men­tary through high school. She en­joyed trav­el­ing, shop­ping, go­ing to the movies, play­ing video games and be­ing with fam­ily and friends. She was ded­i­cated to her pro­fes­sion, she en­joyed or­ga­niz­ing and at­tend­ing meet­ings, con­fer­ences, com­pe­ti­tions and out of town events.

She was pre­ceded in death by her grand­moth­ers, Daisy Belle John­son and An­nie Doris Snead; aunt, Cather­ine Jones; un­cle, Col­lion Camp­bell; and cousin, Korey Larry John­son. KeiLondi leaves to cher­ish pre­cious mem­o­ries her fa­ther and mother, Keith and Mar­garet John­son; three sis­ters, Char­mange Stevens, KeiVoe John­son, MarKeia John­son (Kelvin); three nieces, Alexci Bean, Vic­to­ria Bean and Brook­lyn Miller; seven neph­ews, Jer­maine Arm­stead Jr., Jonathan Bean Jr., Michael Bean, Jeremiah Arm­stead, Kelvin John­son Jr., Ai­den Miller and Ethan Miller; four aunts, Dor­reen (Linda) John­son Camp­bell, An­nie Stevens, Natalie Stevens, Mary John­son; two un­cles, Lin­wood and Roger Stevens; Rigby; and a host of cousins, other rel­a­tives, co-work­ers, church mem­bers, friends and last but not least, the many stu­dents who have en­coun­tered her over the years.

A view­ing will be held May 21, at Chiles Fu­neral Home, 2100 Fair­mount Ave., noon un­til 8 p.m. Homego­ing ser­vice, Fri­day, 11 a.m. Mt. Gilead FGIM, 2501 Mt. Gilead Blvd. In­ter­ment Dale Memo­rial Park.

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