Ellen Johnson

Ellen B. "Cookie" Johnson (Bullock)

Wednesday, September 21st, 1949 - Saturday, March 27th, 2021
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Ellen Bullock Johnson, born September 21, 1949, to Leonard Samuel Bullock and Dolores Helen Zurinski Bullock, was relieved of her pain and suffering and entered into eternal rest on March 27, 2021. The eldest of two children, Ellen, also known as “Cookie”, “Ellie”, “EBJ” or “Tigo” was born in Luzerne, Pennsylvania. At the age of five, she moved to Atlantic City, NJ, where she would spend the next 20 years of her life.

Ellen began her education in Glassboro, NJ, traveling daily with her Aunt Dot for kindergarten. The remainder of her education was in the Atlantic City Public School System where she graduated from Atlantic City High School, Class of 1967. After high school, she spent one year at Hampton University in Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in English Education from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, in 1971. She continued her education at Monmouth University and received her MS/Ed in 1983. Ellen was a lifelong learner.

On February 14, 1970, she married the love of her life, Wilbur James Johnson, Jr. They were young but very much in love. They moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 1972 to begin their careers with the FBI. From this union two sons were born: Adam Michael and Brandon Hamilton. Adam and Brandon were her pride and joy. She raised them with love and firmness, placing them above all else in her life. Yet she still found it in her heart to share her love with family and lifelong friends every day of her life.

Over her lifetime, Ellen lived in various places from Alexandria, Virginia to Springfield, Virginia, Severn, Maryland, and finally moving back to New Jersey, settling with Billy and the family in Howell, New Jersey. She became an active member of the Howell Township Board of Education from 1983 to 1990. She served four years as President and one year as Vice President. She also served on many State and County committees for Business Administrators and was President of the Middlesex County School Business Officials. She chose to remain a stay at home mother for Adam and Brandon until they were both of school age. Once the boys entered school, Ellen re-entered the work force, choosing to work in real estate, then as the Director of Transportation in the Millstone School District in New Jersey. She went on to become the Registered School Business Administrator in Metuchen, New Jersey from 7/1/1990 – 10/31/1996 and retired as the Registered School Business Administrator for the South Plainfield School District on April 1, 2002, a position she held from 11/01/1996 until her retirement. She made many lifelong friends over the course of her lifetime. After her husband Billy’s death in 1999, she eventually relocated to Mays Landing, New Jersey, where she spent the rest of her life.

Ellen loved spending time with her family, which grew to include two daughters, five wonderful grandchildren, one brother, and one special nephew. Family gatherings became central to her happiness and she lit up with the biggest smile ever when family was near. Christmas was always a magical time at her house with family always gathering to celebrate with her. She was the true matriarch and historian of the family. Her wisdom and love carried the family through good and stormy times.

Ellen is predeceased by: her parents, Dolores Helen Zurinski Bullock (04/12/83) and Leonard Samuel Bullock (12/07/78); husband Wilbur James Johnson, Jr. (02/12/99). She leaves to cherish fond memories her loving sons, Adam (Sarah), Brandon (Cristal); her only sister Dorothy Bullock-Fernandes (Cajetan); nephew Andrew L. Fernandes; grandchildren Aria, William, Nicholas, Liliana and Brandon, Jr.; aunt, cousins and a host of friends far and near.

A viewing will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the Boakes Funeral Home in Mays Landing, NJ. Final commitment ceremony and Interment will be at 11 am Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in the Greenwood Cemetery, Pleasantville, NJ. Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, we request that you follow social distancing guidelines during visitation and interment.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations, in Ellen’s name, be sent to the National MS Society or ASPCA in the town of your choice.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Boakes Funeral Home
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 11:00am
    Greenwood Cemetery (Pleasantville)
    Washington Avenue
    Pleasantville,, NJ 08232
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Private Condolence

Mark Sidbury and family

Posted at 06:09pm
To Dorothy, Adam, Brandon, and the rest of the family may the Lord Bless and keep you in grace and loving embrace during this you time of sorrow.

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ryan swan

Posted at 11:08am
So many memories, so many good times, EBJ, you will be missed. Thank you for all that you did for me and taught me. Most especially, thank you for making me part of your family.

Sheila Sanford

Posted at 03:41pm
Ellen was a classmate who was always admired for her smile. Rip Ellen. Class 0f 1967

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Posted at 10:06am
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