February 3, 2004 - The State: Jamaica RPCV Johanna Compton dies in South Carolina

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Jamaica RPCV Johanna Compton dies in South Carolina

Jamaica RPCV Johanna Compton dies in South Carolina

Johanna Compton

COLUMBIA — Services for Johanna Mary Byrne Compton, 58, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Mrs. Compton died Sunday, February 1, 2004 at Palmetto Baptist Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, February 1, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Michael J. and Johanna Hughes Byrne. She earned a BA degree at Saint Elizabeth’s College in Convent Station, N.J. After graduation she worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, where she married Hugh Thorne Compton. Upon returning to the United States, she began a career in social work. The next several years were spent traveling the state, providing aid and counseling to children in foster care and protective services for Richland County and the State Department of Social Services.

In 1982 Mrs. Compton earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina and began a career at the State Department of Health and Human Services, where she worked in a variety of positions to fight fiercely for children and families. She worked tirelessly for a number of community organizations, including the Nurturing Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Richland County Democratic Party, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbia, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Carolina and Children Unlimited.

Mrs. Compton is survived by her husband, Hugh Thorne Compton; children, Christopher and Benjamin Compton of Columbia and Genevieve Compton of Washington, D.C.; brothers, Michael Byrne of Westchester, Pa. and James Byrne of Philadelphia, Pa.; father-in-law, Benjamin Richard Compton; sisters-in-law, Edith Bailey and Linda Compton, Sheila Heenan; brother-in-law, Bill Bailey; nieces and nephews, Matthew Byrne, Michael Byrne, Therese Kneipp, Susan Compton, Sarah Compton, John Bailey, Compton Bailey, Elizabeth Bailey and Richard Bailey; and a grand-nephew, Tyler Kneipp.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Nurturing Center or to Children Unlimited.

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