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Elizabeth (Bitsey, Beth) Bates Johnson

Profile Updated: January 6, 2024
Residing In
Scottsdale, AZ USA
Joel W. Johnson
Psychologist, Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ, Congregational
Kate Johnson Potter (1971), Geoffrey Bates Johnson (1974), Peter Joel Johnson (1986)
Military Service
My husband Joel served in the Army Medical Service

Daughter-in-Law: Melanie M. Johnson
Son-in-Law: James M. Potter

Eight Grandchildren:

Grace (17), Jack (15) and Charlie (11) Potter
Pierce (18), Fiona (16), Felix (13), Rowan (11), and Sloane (3) Johnson

School Story

Graduated from Wellesley College (B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, Concentration in Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency, 1967)

M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (1984)

PhD in Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007)

Worked as a Social Worker, Psychologist and UCC Minister

Favorite School Story: When we were in the 10th grade (Fall 1960), the Pirates were playing the Yankees in an afternoon game — the final one in the World Series. A lot of our classmates had brought little transistor radios to school and were trying to listen to the game during class. My English teacher (can’t renember her name, strict, Irish) got furious, demanded that all transistor radios be turned over to her, and that the entire class come back to her room for an hour of detention at the end of the day. We were bummed because the game was still going on at 3:30 pm. Then suddenly the loud speakers came on all over the school. The Principal was broadcasting the game and there was nothing our angry English teacher could do about it. A great cheer went up from our detention room. A “mighty cheer” as we celebrated that awesome win for the Pirates. (P.S. My husband was born/raised in NYC and is a dyed-in-the-Wool Yankees fan. 😟)

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May 02, 2024 at 2:54 AM

Posted on: Apr 30, 2024 at 12:16 PM

Happy belated birthday, Judy.

Apr 22, 2024 at 8:02 PM
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Posted on: Apr 14, 2024 at 9:04 PM

Hi Jane Bacon! Happy Happy Birthday to you from Scottsdale, AZ (and from Bitsey Bates), I still remember your radiant smile during our high school days. Hope you are well.

Apr 02, 2024 at 11:27 AM

Posted on: Apr 02, 2024 at 12:39 AM

Ira — I truly hope that your upcoming birthday gets celebrated in the grand way that you deserve. And I hope that Mayo and Kathy are still keeping you healthy and fighting back that nasty cancer. Hugs!

Apr 02, 2024 at 12:35 AM

Robin — Hope your upcoming birthday is fabulous. And as a special treat maybe you can catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse on your big day ! (And am I remembering accurately that as a young kid you were able to draw any cartoon character that we asked you for?). In what field are you a Professor ? (Art?)

Mar 10, 2024 at 8:44 PM

Happy upcoming birthday, Patti. I admire all you’ve done for the teaching profession and for the Mt. Lebo school district over the years.

Mar 05, 2024 at 4:19 PM

Posted on: Mar 03, 2024 at 12:03 AM

Jan, I hope that your birthday has been a wonderful celebration of you and your life accomplishments. You were so fantastic in helping to organize our Mt. Lebo 60th reunion! You deserve to be celebrated. Mt. Lebo Hugs !!!

Feb 25, 2024 at 6:41 PM

Posted on: Feb 25, 2024 at 5:43 PM

Hope you’re having a fabulous birthday celebration, Jean. Being 79 (78?) is better than the alternative (so we believe)! Enjoy !

Jan 31, 2024 at 1:15 PM

Happy happy birthday, Sandy ! Enjoy it while surrounded by loving family and friends.

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Jan 06, 2024 at 1:10 AM
Jan 02, 2024 at 11:26 PM

Jim, I hope your birthday was celebrated with love in the company of family and friends. Bitsey Bates !

Jan 14, 2024 at 1:27 PM

Posted on: Jan 02, 2024 at 11:20 PM

Hal — I could not wish you any
More happy birthday wishes than this website will contain. You are an incredibly generous, thoughtful and caring individual. Your wife is a lucky woman and your growing children are so privileged to have you as their father and “soul guide” through life. Your grand children too! May you embrace 2024 in great health and plenitude and may God guide you in negotiating life’s challenges in the next 12 months. Hugs from Bitsey Bates ??

Nov 23, 2023 at 2:28 PM

Have a wonderful birthday today, Christie. You won’t lack for food since it’s Thanksgiving Day !

Nov 10, 2023 at 2:20 AM
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Posted on: Nov 10, 2023 at 2:18 AM

Hi Bertie !!! I hope your birthday was awesome and that you’re feeling healthy and happy. Hugs !!!

Nov 02, 2023 at 11:22 AM

Posted on: Nov 01, 2023 at 4:52 PM

Dave! I hope your birthday is filled with love and great memories, health and fun.

Oct 07, 2023 at 7:53 PM

Happy happy birthday, Mark !

Oct 07, 2023 at 10:01 AM

Posted on: Oct 06, 2023 at 5:50 PM

Dick Close !!! Welcome to our Lebo63 Class Website ! If I’m remembering correctly, you and I both attended Beverly Heights Presbyterian Church as kids. You were my first “Crush” in elementary school. ?? I loved your demeanor and values. I named my first “walking doll” ( 3’ tall) Molly Melinda Close. You never knew. ??

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