Dorothy Louise Johnson (“Dottie”) passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday morning, January 23, 2013, at the age of 91. She was born in Enid, Oklahoma, on January 5, 1922, to Nina E. Smith and Edgar W. Smith. She was the oldest of six sisters, all of whom preceded her in death. She grew up in Enid, where she began a promising career in music. She was a very talented pianist and organist and attended Phillips University where she studied Music. Her musical career was cut short by marriage and the birth of her two children, Floyd Taylor and Toni Taylor-Glenn.
While in Enid, she worked for Ford Advertising Agency, where she created a promotional project for Knox Oil Company featuring tumblers with images of famous American Indians, which today are valuable collector’s items. She married her second husband, Joe E. Johnson, in 1962, and, although Joe’s untimely death ended the marriage too soon, she never remarried and treasured Joe’s memories for the rest of her life.
After Joe’s death, she went on to found the Governor’s Straight Line, the first ombudsman telephone bank in State government, under Governor David Hall. After a short career in real estate, she accepted a position with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation as a Right of Way Acquisitions Agent, where she worked until retirement. She lived her last few years at Imperial Terrace in Oklahoma City, where her life was enriched by a loving community of friends.
While Dottie outlived all of her sisters, she enjoyed her final days as Matriarch of her large family, which consisted of her children and their five children, two great grandchildren, numerous nephews and nieces and their many children and their children.
A memorial service will be held at Imperial Terrace Condominiums at 2529 N.W. 62nd Street, Oklahoma City, in the club room at the main building, Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.
Services are under the Direction of Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Edmond.