TUCSON — Erescene Johnson-Stokes was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on May 22, 1942, and died on March 2, 2019, at the age of 76. She passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, with her devoted husband of 43 years, Oliver, by her side.
Erescene’s parents moved to Washington, DC, when she was very young and she received most of her K-12 education in the DC public school system. She earned a degree in organic chemistry at Howard University in 1966. After a short while as a lab technician, she was recruited into the ADP field by mathematician friends. For the next 28 years, she worked for several government agencies, including seven years at Fort Huachuca.
During this time, she rose from entry-level programmer to IT management level. She returned to Sierra Vista in December of 1992 after she and her husband Col. Oliver C. Stokes retired in the US Capital area.
Upon return to Sierra Vista, Erescene pursued several volunteer activities. At various times, she was a state-certified mediator, a fiduciary for senior citizens, and a member of a CPS child advocacy panel. After some time as a real estate agent, she obtained a broker’s license and formed her own independent real estate business.
Erescene’s interests were eclectic. She was a capable weaver, spinner, knitter, quilter, and gardener. She was also an avid reader.
She is survived by her husband, Oliver; two brothers, Alfred Johnson of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Andrew Johnson of Denver, Colorado; three daughters, Maria-Terese Johnson of Mesa, Arizona, Catherine McKinney of DeSoto, Texas, and Olivia Hudson of Scottsdale, Arizona; three granddaughters, Jocelyn Erescene Johnson, Nicole Hudson, and Nyomi Hudson; two grandsons, Brian Johnson and Matthew McKinney.
A celebration of life will be held on a date to be determined.