||Neelyville, Missouri (Butler County), February
1, 1943; the 11th of 12 children.
||Rev. Archie Johnson Sr. (1895-1977):
WWI vet, farmer, Pastor, rail depot porter
Curley Weaver-Johnson (1900-1975):
Pastor's wife, Children's Sunday School teacher, homemaker,
seamstress, domestic help, school cook, pianist
||Five sisters (two deceased); six brothers (two deceased).
The residential community of Neelyville was always integrated
and Estella's father pastored an integrated church congregation
there long before the schools desegregated. After sale of the
Johnson family's farm, they relocated 17 miles north to Poplar
Bluff, Missouri in 1952, where her father was already employed
by Missouri Pacific Lines. They commuted back to Neelyville
weekly for church services by car or train. Free or discounted
train passes for the family was a fringe benefit enjoyed by
Estella via their annual summer visits to Chicago preceding
her relocation here in 1960. Memories of a train trip and visit
to California at age 3 is her most treasured travel experience.
||Resides in Evergreen Park, a Southwest Suburb of Chicago,
IL. Married in 1963. Mother of five adult children: four daughters,
one son; a mother-in-law, grandmother; Has a host of nieces,
nephews, cousins, and godchildren. (Among her renown cousins
is Reg Weaver, president of the NEA union. Estella's late maternal
grandfather & Reg's great-grandfather were brothers).
Certified Illinois Public School teacher since 1967:
Suburban Cook and DuPage County Regions (since 1993);
(Chicago Public Schools till '93);
Takes great pride in teaching/prepping Jr. High and High
School government students annually for the required US/State
(Estarion LPI); Biblical scholar; Speechwriter; Guest Public