JOHNSON, Patsy Ruth

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Last Name
Given Names
Patsy Ruth
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Los Angeles, California
Family Tree
  Baisy/Johnson Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Shirley Mae Baisy aka Shirley Mae Wilson
Shiron Fulton, aka Shiron Johnson, DeShon Johnson, Gleniel Johnson, Saleata Lateais Johnson; James Samuel Baisy Jr., Jon Deshi Baisy, Siburi Jamal Baisy, Jerry Lee Wilson, Jr. aka Jerry Baisy (nephews); Wanda Baisy aka Wanda Wilson, Trinidette Baisy aka Trinidette Cornner, Kecia Baisy (nieces)
Non-Temple Relatives
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, CA
Source of Death Information
FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
San Francisco, California
Residence (JT)
Cottage 22
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
Seamstress, dancer, Medical assistant, nurse's aide, waitress (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1ssss); performer, youth counselor (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1bbbbb); medical secretary, nurse
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Medical staff (trestment nurse) (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1ssss); Security (Tower) (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1aaaaa)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Security (FBI document 89-4286-1557)
Government Income
“Patsy was above all loyal to people she cared about. A true friend, a good mother. I have always believed that, had her life and circumstances been different, she would possibly be alive today. I know that can be said of so many of those lost, but I am sure that it applies to Patsy. I would like her to know that I think of her often and thank her for being a true friend.” - Anonymous

“Patsy Johnson was all personality, and so were her children, Shiron Fulton, 11, Saleata Johnson, 9, Gleniel Johnson, 7, and DeShon Johnson, 5. Patsy was a force of nature and a great mother, judging from her children, so smart, so free to be themselves. Their faces are brimming with the energy of their joy and innocence. In Jonestown, Patsy's job was security in The Tower. Yet she came down from her Tower on the 17th of March to perform for new arrivals to Jonestown. Her number in the program that night, Edith Roller writes, was "Patsy Johnson: Snake dance with an emerald green boa constrictor" (March 1978). I am sure it wowed the crowd. Dear dynamic Patsy and your beautiful, beautiful family, the best we ever had. May your memory endure forever in our hearts of you and yours. Always missed, always remembered. ” - Kathryn (Tropp) Barbour