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.