Obituary

Alma Johnson Greenland was born on November 10, 1937 in Durham, NC to the late Jesse James Johnson and Martha Green Johnson.

She was raised in Durham by her loving parents, and after her father’s death, a close cousin, Madie Waters Brandon. After graduating from Hillside High School in 1955, she journeyed to Atlanta to attend Grady Nursing School on full scholarship. She returned to her home town after graduation to begin her nursing career and was one of the first black Head Nurses at Duke Hospital.

She married Roy A. Greenland and from this union they had three beautiful children, Mark A., Allegra M., and Monica A, and relocated several times, finally settling in Princeton, NJ to raise their family. While in Princeton she worked in the Princeton Regional School system where she met two of her dearest friends, Barbara Bass Findley and Melva Cannon Moore. These three musketeers were inseparable until Mrs. Findley’s untimely passing.

Alma later left the school system and returned to nursing at both the Princeton Medical Group and the Department of Corrections for the State of New Jersey. She retired from the State and returned to North Carolina to care for her ailing mother in 2004.

Upon returning to Durham, she became very active, joining the Community Baptist Church, volunteering with a number of local organizations, joining multiple bowling leagues and dancing with the Rose Dance Troupe. She had seemingly limitless energy and could often be found pushing her FitBit to 10,000 daily steps walking in the mall.

Mrs. Greenland is survived by her children, Mark Greenland (Michele), Allegra Sinclair, and Monica Greenland; her sister, Marian Johnson Starks; her cousin, Madie Waters Brandon, extended family member Joy Findley Rivers, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and family in several states.

She will always be remembered as a humble, loving, fiercely loyal woman who valued her relationship with God and her family over everything else.

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Carla Wynn January 21, 2016

My aunt was a great woman and I loved to hear her speak and she always had a smile on her face. She will surely be missed by all of her nieces and nephews here in the Maryland area. Gone but never forgotten.

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    Greenland Family January 26, 2016

    Thanks, Peaches! You were missed, but I’m confident my mom knew how you felt about her.

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Joy Kennedy January 21, 2016

Heaven has gained a wonderful woman. I was always amazed at the energy and love that Ms. Alma exuded when I was in her presence. She passed this trait to her daughter, Allegra, who also inspires others every day (and I am lucky to count among my friends). I know Ms. Alma will be looking down on her family and guiding from above as they continue to make their way in this world -which is a better place because of her.

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    Greenland Family January 26, 2016

    Thank you for your comforting words, friend! Love, Allegra

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Barbara Glassman Dell January 21, 2016

I never had the opportunity to meet Alma personally, so I regret not being able to tell her how smart, compassionate and righteous a person her son Mark is. I know his generosity and spirit can be attributed to love and guidance she provided. My life has been made richer because of my friendship with her son and I am grateful. Wishing Allegra, Monica and Mark close friends and family much peace.

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    Greenland Family January 26, 2016

    Thank you, Barbara! We have heard so much about you over the years, we feel like we all know you. God bless.

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Joan Lewis-Osborne January 21, 2016

Allegra and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Such a beautiful tribute to a truly beautiful soul. May she rest with God in heaven.

Love, The Osborne Family

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    Greenland Family January 26, 2016

    Thank you so much, Joan. We appreciate your kindness.

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Hazel Patricia Rhodes January 22, 2016

Condolences to the family. Your mom was a wonderful person. May the love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Peace and blessings always.

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    Greenland Family January 26, 2016

    Thanks so much for your kind words.

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Sue Hock January 25, 2016

I bowled with Alma in two senior leagues in Buffaloe Cary. She was a very sweet person. She seemed shy to me, but I may have been imagining things. Her smile was very beautiful and her excitement when she bowled well was fun to watch. I will miss her. I did try to get to the memorial service both times it was scheduled to show her the honor she deserved. But when I got to Community Baptist Church both times there didn’t seem to be anyone there. I saw in Alma a strong indication that she knew Jesus Christ as her Savior. So I have no doubt that someday I will see her again. I am very sorry for her loss, not only for the family, but also for the bowling leagues.

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    Greenland Family January 26, 2016

    My mom LOVED her bowling friends. Sorry for any confusion about the memorial service location, the weather required a number of last minute changes. I sincerely apologize that you were unable to honor her as you desired. We appreciate your condolences.

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Kim Doyal January 29, 2016

While I didn’t ever have the honor of meeting your Mom, she was clearly an amazing woman (to have raised another amazing woman like you Allegra!). Much love to you and your family. xoxo

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Melva Moore August 28, 2016

Oh my! I really miss my dear friend Alma. Her silly little laughter, jokes, smiles, visits, and chats are so missed.
What precious memories I have to keep me lifted! Love to you Mark, Monica, and Michelle.

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C. George September 20, 2018

RIP beautiful lady.

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