Lera M. Johnson was born August 1, 1945 to the union of Setlers Brown Sr. and Emma Louise Brown (both deceased). Lera made her transition from this time side of life on May 2, 2017. Her sisters: Jackie Brown and Lorraine D. Taylor, brother Joe Brown and grandmother, Wilbie Booker preceded her in death.
Lera worked with the San Diego Unified School District for many years, strengthening parent participation policies that would help Elementary students and their parents gain access to much needed resources. She also shared responsibility for building successful partnerships in many school reform efforts.
From a very early age, Lera was passionate about community service and “people empowerment.” Since 2001, she has helped hundreds of people reclaim their sense of self and hope by providing resources, counseling, shelter, and additional support to foster a more stable existence. She has worked with many community outreach organizations but most proud of her involvement with “Black Men United” and “The Bronze Triangle”. Lera’s passion to advocate and empower others eventually lead to her founding “Ladies Over Forty.”
She leaves to cherish her memory: sons: Eugene Knight, Robert Knight, Jemal Guillory and Earl Guillory Jr.; daughters: Peaches Turner, Betty Knight and Florence Guillory; grandchildren: Michelle Garrett, Nicole Knight, Zariah Gillies, Keyonna Guillory, Christopher Kelly, Leisure Humphrey, Pleasure Geter, Wilton Guillory, Wilton Reynolds, Micheal Turner, Tiffanie Moore, Brittnaee Mobley, Deon Wheaton, Steven Moore, Craig Moore, Ikedra King, Princese Guillory, Unique'Qua Cotlage; great- grandchildren: Cayden Mills, Jayden Nichols, Jonae Henry, Shawn Lewis-Garrett, Albert Jenkins, Jah’zeri Reynolds, Nehemiah Reynolds, Messiah Reynolds, Nyjah Reynolds, Stephon Moore, Steven Moore Jr., Michael Turner III, Tayashana Turner, Omari Gillies; brothers: Leroy Brown and Wasifu Tangalifu (Mark Brown); sister: Joyce Brown. Lera is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.