Rosita ‘Rose’ Antonio Johnson, 78, passionate gardener who maintained an impeccable yard

Rosita ‘Rose’ Antonio Johnson

WILMINGTON — Rosita Antonio Johnson, 79, known to everyone as “Rose,” passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021. She loved life, her family and her friends. She truly tried to live her life to the fullest.

She was very strong-willed and had an upfront personality. She had a wonderful sense of humor. She loved to be outside. She enjoyed a lot of camping down on the “south end” of Fort Fisher and other outdoor activities when she was younger. She never gave up her love for fishing. Her passion for gardening was her life before and after retiring. Her yard and flowers were and still are beautiful. Her heart was beautiful inside and out as she was always telling everyone to live their life, not to hold back, and go after anything and everything your heart desired.

She was born March 25, 1942, in Aningway Subic, Philippines. She was the first daughter born out of nine siblings to her father, Alipio Lazo Antonio; and mother, Augustina DeJesus Antonio.

She is survived by a loving husband of 58 years, George Avery Johnson; only son, Andy Johnson, and his wife, Candy Johnson; two beautiful granddaughters, Haleigh and Jaiden Johnson; and many extended family members.

Rose only worked at two jobs and proudly retired from both places. She was a seamstress at France Neckwear, where she sewed shirts and ties for production work. After the closing of the facility, she moved on to work at COB corporation, a denture manufacturing facility, where she worked in quality control until she retired at the age of 72.

After retirement, she settled in to take care of her family and her gardening. Her other love in her life was “Sassy,” her Pomeranian that gave her 19 years of devotion. Now, they are both joined together again in heaven. “What a beautiful soul, what a beautiful life, what a beautiful legacy of love.”

Please join us in a celebration of life graveside ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 1, at Greenlawn Cemetery. Please dress comfortably as this is what she would have wanted. Time is precious and tomorrow is never promised.

Share online condolences with the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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