Memorial service for Dorothy Jeanne Johnson, 87, of Nacogdoches, will be at 3:00 PM on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Johnson passed away on September 1, 2021, in Nacogdoches. She was born December 7, 1933, in Brushy Creek, Texas, to Walter and Stella Lade. Memorial visitation will be prior to the service from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at First United Methodist Church.
Dorothy Jeanne Lade Johnson-“Dottie”, 87, passed away September 1st, 2021 at her home peacefully in her sleep.
Dottie was born in the home her father built in Brushy Creek, TX on December 7th, 1933 to Walter and Stella Lade. She was the eldest of four siblings- followed by Julia, Bob, and Carolyn. She attended high school at Frankston High School, and went on to attend Lon Morris Junior College, then Sam Houston State Teachers College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While at Sam Houston she was voted Most Beautiful. She met USAF Lt. Johnnie Glynn Johnson of Crockett in 1954 on a blind date that went horribly. He never gave up and eventually won that second date and they married June 16, 1956 - more than 65 years ago. Johnnie and Dottie traveled the US with their two daughters, Cyndi and Debbie, as a US Air Force family. They landed in Nacogdoches in 1973 and never left. Shortly after the move, Dottie became a real estate agent, ultimately becoming a broker and co-owner of Alamo Realty. She was an active member of the Nacogdoches Pilot Club where she was known for sharing Dottie’s Tidbits.. She was a founding member of the Heart to Heart choir as well as an active member of the FUMC Nacogdoches church choir. She cherished her time with her Ladies Circle group and was known for her honesty, loyalty, and friendship with all she encountered. Perhaps what she is known best for is being MeMom. A grandmother to many more than just her own grandchildren, she was an encouraging fan in the stands, and the maker of the fabulous “MeMom bread.”
Dottie is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Stella Lade, her brother, Bob Lade, and her great-granddaughter, Sophie Skiles. She is survived by husband Johnnie Johnson of Nacogdoches, sister Julia Whitney of Atascocita, TX, sister Carolyn Wiens of Celina, TX, daughter Cyndi Maurstad of Nacogdoches, daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Danny Watson of Nacogdoches, grandchildren Sara and Ian Joslin of Friendswood, TX, Jill Emmons of College Station, TX, Shelby and Jonathan Skiles of Tyler, TX, Jacy and Tyler Drennon of Tyler, TX and Bonner Watson of Dripping Springs, TX. Great-grandchildren are Kylen and Kambry Emmons, Evelyn and Luke Joslin, and Connor Skiles. There are also many nieces, nephews and extended family she adored.
In lieu of flowers, Dottie wished for donations to be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, The Gold Network of East Texas, the First United Methodist Church Choir or Heart to Heart Choir.
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