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Nov. 5, 1971 – July 26, 2014

Rev. Dr. Cherita M. Johnson-Morrow, Ph.D., a Buffalo school administrator and ordained minister, died Saturday in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, after a short illness. She was 42.

Born Cherita Johnson in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College, master’s degrees in educational leadership and in counseling and human services from Canisius College and a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University in Tampa, Fla.

She began her career as a long-term substitute teacher in the Buffalo schools, then became a school counselor, coordinator of pregnant and parenting teens, and for the past 10 years was a supervisor of pupil personnel.

Dr. Johnson-Morrow was the author of three books on children and education, “The Effects of Long-Term Out-of-School Suspensions on African American Students,” “Dyslexia Byslexia” and “Dandelions Are My Favorite.”

As a young woman, she was active with the usher board and choir at Lord of Miracle Mission Baptist Church, then became a member of Loguen Memorial AME Zion Church and Miracle Mission Full Gospel Church.

Dr. Johnson-Morrow completed doctrinal studies in 2010 under the teaching of Prophetress Amele Kava and was ordained as a minister in 2011.

She was associate minister at Miracle Mission Church and was a member of the church board.

She was associated with the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Northeast Central Region and was state director of evangelism.

She was one of the honorees in the Fifth Celebrate Women Awards in 2012.

Dr. Johnson-Morrow also was honored in 2013 by the Network of Religious Communities.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Keith Morrow Sr.; two sons, Keith Jr. and Elijah; a daughter, Maya; a special nephew, Devon Johnson; her parents, Marvin and Ruby Johnson; and two brothers, Derrick Johnson and Marvin Johnson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.