Sunrise: November 07, 1961—Sunset: April 11, 2021
Beth Ann Balenger was born on November 7, 1961 to Dr. Thomas and Henrietta Flagg Johnson in Minneapolis, MN. She died peacefully in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 11, 2021, at age 59.
Beth Ann was preceded in death by her parents Dr. Thomas and Henrietta Johnson, her stepson Chad Balenger, and brother, Richard King Johnson.
She is survived by her husband Charles Balenger; her children Heather, Hector, and Heston; and by Chaz Goyette and Charlene Freeman, the Johnson siblings; Thomas (Ivorydell); Dr. Henry (Andrea); Linda; Sharon; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family who are left with many fond memories of Beth.
Beth had a passion for life. She loved hosting lively parties, gourmet dinners, and fast cars. Her treasured advice to all: “Gather your faith. Believe in God. Give it to God and things will work out. The Lord always prevails. Love on and feed the babies. Educate your children. Live your best life.”
Beth’s foundation was rooted and grounded in her spiritual belief, her faith, and trust in God. Her faith was her guiding principle throughout her life.
Later in life, Beth’s parents Dr. and Mrs. Johnson lived with Beth and her family until they transitioned to eternity. Beth cared for her parents with such compassion that she was encouraged by her father to provide respite to the Minneapolis aging African American community. Doc wanted Beth to provide a place of rest in a dignified, welcoming setting, a place to call home, for those who were overlooked and underserved. Beth did just that.
In honor of her parents, she opened culturally specific assisted living homes, Dr. Thomas Johnson House with Services. She and her staff provided quality housing services with love and compassion. Her facilities were known for being clean, comfortable, and welcoming. Her residents were honored and celebrated. Residents engaged in community celebrations, attended concerts, and participated in activities that honored their heritage and they became a family.
There was no limit to her generosity to her clients. Beth was known as quite the miracle worker. She had success with even the most difficult clients, welcoming them into one of her homes where they were cared for respectfully. She found goodness in everyone. In return, she was loved and cherished by her residents, staff, and all who encountered her.
We were graced with her presence. Beth is now in paradise. Her wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held this summer to celebrate her truly unique spirit. The date will be announced.