Sad news: Theresa Mary Johnson, president of the Older’s Women League of California, passed away this weekend.
A mother of nine (!) children, she was a spirited and forceful advocate for social justice and universal health care. Her death was a shock to many of us, as she was active as ever, just last week presiding over OWL’s annual Mother Day’s event. She recently testified before the California legislature’s health committees in favor of SB840(Kuehl), and other bills. This and last January, we went as a group to Washington, DC, and visited several Capitol Hill offices on Medicare Part D issues, where she made strong points to key Congressional staffers.
Betty Perry, OWL’s public policy director and chair of the Health Access California board, greatly appreciated her leadership and partership with the advocacy work. We will miss Theresa Mary, and offer condolences to Betty and the rest of the OWL and senior advocacy community.