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Doris Johnson

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Doris Marie Johnson, daughter of Joel and Emma Jane (Ridgley) Johnson was born on Dec. 21, 1916. Doris, 95, of Wesley Acres in Des Moines, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

Funeral services were Friday, April 20, at Iles Funeral Homes-Dunn's Chapel, Des Moines. Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon.

Doris was born near Marathon and lived there until 1927 at which time she and her mother moved to Lewis. When she was in eighth grade she won the Interstate Spelling Contest in Council Bluffs over spellers from five different states. She graduated from high school in Atlantic. She enrolled in Coe College and completed two years before she went to work for Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company in Des Moines in 1936. Later, she was employed at the Internal Revenue Service as a Tax Information Specialist and served there for twenty-four years. Due to poor health she retired in 1965 and worked part time at Grace United Methodist Church as Membership Secretary.

She was a fifty-eight year member of Grace United Methodist Church. Other memberships included Des Moines Audubon Society, Iowa Women's Philatelic Society, United Methodist Women, Wesley Acres Guild, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Doris made the decision to move to Wesley Acres Retirement Home in 2000 where she became involved in many activities. She made a special effort to get acquainted with everyone there. She brought joy to others with her smiles, with her reading to those who did not have good eye sight, of which she was blessed, and with her love of flowers she shared so generously.

Hobbies included the loving care over a forty year period of five Sheltie dogs in her home, playing the well known game of Scrabble, plus bird feeding, music, long stitch, and reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Helen. Doris is survived by cousins and a host of friends. She will be missed by everyone.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines or the Good Samaritan Fund of Wesley Acres. Doris wishes special thanks be given to her cousin Rosalind (Ron) Laux of Lexington, Neb. and to her helpful friend, Maxine Robinson, of Des Moines.