Dorothy “Dot” Mae Johnson, 84, of San Luis Obispo, CA, formerly of Dassel, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure only three weeks prior.
There will be a graveside service at Dassel Community Cemetery Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a time to share fellowship with family and friends at the Dassel Area History Museum on First Street, beginning at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please take a mom out to lunch!
Dorothy was born in September 1931, in Dassel, to Albert R. and Ala Elizabeth Johnson. She was raised on farms in the Dassel area, where she worked summers de-tasseling corn.
Dorothy won local and state speech contests in high school. She was elected homecoming queen in 1949, but modestly said that it was a small class. She enjoyed being a cheerleader.
Dorothy and Jim Johnson were married in 1950, and had three daughters, LeNan, Kerri, and Jill. Moving to California in 1953, they lived in Inglewood and Thousand Oaks.
While performing with a dance company that travelled around the US, Dorothy got an adventurous bug that eventually led her to settle in California, moving to San Luis Obispo in the 1970s.
Working many years at retail grocery stores, she went from part-time checker to money room manager, as well as being one of the first HOA property managers in the industry.
In Inglewood, Dorothy was very active at Holy Faith Episcopal Church and the PTA.
Travel was a passion, and she travelled extensively to the Caribbean, where she joined her daughter and son-in-law on their sailboat visiting countries in South and Central America. In addition, they traveled to Europe, seeing France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Dorothy also enjoyed a trip to Australia.
An awesome mom, Dorothy spent much time driving her kids to swimming lessons, dance lessons, music lessons, horse shows, and football games. She loved bee-bopping around in her lime green Smart car.
Dorothy was known by many for her “spunky, sassy” attitude, and she will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Al and Beth; brothers Don and Doug; and daughter, Kerri “Ty.”
Dorothy is survived by daughters LeNan (husband Rod Thompson), and Jill Johnson; her former husband, Jim Johnson; cousins; second cousins; and many friends in both California and Minnesota.