There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
A Time to Be Born
Lisa Johnson, affectionately known as “Spicey”, was born a twin on February 15, 1963 to the late Elner Dawkins and
Hayes Lonnie Dawkins Jr. in Philadelphia, PA.
A Time to Be Educated
Lisa was educated in the School District of Philadelphia graduating from The Murrell “Dobbins” Area Vocational
Technical School in 1981. While at Dobbins, Lisa was involved in extracurricular activities which included
cheerleading. She also became interested in the healthcare field and began preparing to become a nurse.
A Time to Work
After graduating from high school, Lisa enlisted in the United States Army and served her country faithfully from 1982
until 1988 as a Medical Specialist IV. Serving in the Armed Forces afforded Lisa the opportunity to receive many
awards and medals to include the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Good Conduct
Medal. Her work in the military gives us a snapshot into where her passions were helping and serving people.
Once she returned home, Lisa worked for the Laidlaw Bus Company as a Bus Operator where she enjoyed helping
children just like her mother. She then became a Train Conductor for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation
Authority (SEPTA) where passengers enjoyed and often complemented her loving personality, her infectious smile
and her friendly demeanor. Her last and final career showcased one of Lisa’s best qualities, caring for others. In
2007, she became a Home Health Nurse and received her CNA certification in 2010. Lisa was tasked and enjoyed
taking care of those who were unable to care for themselves.
A Time to Plant
Lisa was loved by everyone and was known as the life of the party. She also wasn’t afraid to say what was on her
mind but she made sure that you were ok and hugged you tightly afterwards. Offering years of dedicated service to
the Fairhill Community, Lisa was an active and consistent volunteer. She devoted her off time assisting her mother at
the Center. Additionally, she organized and formed a dance group, The Fairhill High Steppers, which traveled to
perform and won a championship. Her contributions will forever be recognized and written in the history books of
A Time to Sleep
On February 6, 2021, Lisa entered into her eternal sleep where she was embraced by all those who went before her.
Waiting to greet her were her mother, Elner Dawkins, and her only brother, Lonnie Dawkins, who preceded her in
death. Lisa was a daughter, a sister, a cousin, and a friend. However, none of those could compare to the joy she
experienced when she became a mother and a grandmother. Lisa was named “Madonna” by her granddaughter
which is such a befitting title because Lisa had to be fancy.
A Time to Mourn
Left to cherish her memories are: her father, Hayes Lonnie Dawkins; her son, Jovan Cureton; her granddaughter,
Myanna J. Cureton; her twin sister, Laurie Duffy; her baby sister, Latte Dawkins; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces,
nephews, cousins, family and friends.
So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot.
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