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Laura Johnson

After graduating from CHS, I trotted off to college. Always one to do things the difficult way, I graduated from Memphis State in the morning and got married in theafternoon of the same day, leaving for Florida the next day to adapt to becoming a Navy wife.

Wandering around the country, I held positions as a welfare worker, a humane society public relations person, a protective services counselor working with abused children, a Armed Services YMCA director, and the founding director of a telephone crisis counseling service, in places ranging from Brunswick, Maine to Key West. I also collected two sons, a masters degree, and a divorce

Returning to Memphis in 1984, I worked as a social worker at the Memphis Jewish Home and Trezevant Manor, with abreak in the middle as the founding educator at the Farm Exhibit at the zoo. As a sideline, I edited manuscripts for Gardenia Press, a small company based in Milwaukee that specializes in first time novelists. Due to increasing problems related to my spina bifida and tethered spinal cord, I gave up working this past October and applied for disability.

In my spare time, I've cared for various combinations of animals that chose to live with me and plants that survived, dabbled with painting and crafts, and tried any sport that had to do with water. Frequently, my nose is buried in a book.

Meanwhile, my sons have gathered wives and children, turning me into a grandmother of three. The oldest lives in Japan and I've traveled there to visit. That same year,I went to Italy to locate where my father was stationed during WW II. That was a year of adventures!

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