By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
There is no escaping the pain that comes with the passing of a sibling. My sister, Sallye Moore, and I have experienced the pain that death brings on two occasions during the past three months.
Our younger sister, Lee Helen Johnson Willis, passed in November of 2017. Our only brother, Carl Johnson, departed on Jan. 23. We loved them dearly, and never for one moment imagined that we would witness their passing. But such was God’s plan.
Lee Helen was a nurse. Carl was an educator. They excelled in their chosen professions, and both were healers of souls, and repairers of despair. Their faith was massive and deep.
Lee Helen and Carl had radiant smiles that lit up any room that they entered, and the spirits of those that were facing difficulties.
They lived purposeful and instructive lives. Both were often silent, but their actions and their characters spoke volumes.
Born in Waco, my brother and my sister were eulogized in Dallas where they resided. It was only fitting that they returned to Waco for burial. In the all too short time that God gave them, Lee Helen and Carl helped to make the world a better place for all people.
While I am deeply saddened, I am delighted that my siblings embraced others with abundant love and immaculate grace. Many of those who read this missive knew them, worshipped with them or worked with them.
They were remarkably good people. All of us are better human beings because Lee Helen and Carl lovingly touched our hearts, and our souls.