Doris Dahlene Johnson

Services for Doris Dahlene Johnson, 94, Overland Park, but formerly of Lawrence, will be at 10:30 am, Saturday, February 26th, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Washington Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Johnson died Monday, February 21, 2022, at St. Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas.

She was born October 7, 1927, in Lawrence, the daughter of Overton E. and Stella A. (Wilson) Hundley.  She grew up out in the country and developed a love of animals.  She surprised her parents by bringing home a baby goat which she raised for many years.  She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1945.

On June 26, 1950, she married Raymond A. Johnson, in Lawrence.  They were married 47 wonderful years until his death on January 16, 1998.

Mrs. Johnson worked at Rusty’s Superette and Rusty’s IGA Food Center for 38 years, retiring in 1986.  She loved her customers as much as they loved her.  She was a past member of the Chipperfield Neighborhood Association, where she had served on various committees and as a board member.

Family meant everything to Mrs. Johnson and she was a wonderful role model to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was rarely without a smile on her face and she almost never met a stranger!  Her hobbies included cooking, genealogy, and creating wonderful family photo albums.  The photo albums she made for her children and grandchildren will be cherished forever.

Mrs. Johnson had lived her entire life in Lawrence until 2018, when she relocated to the Brookdale 119th Independent Living Facility in Overland Park, Kansas, to be nearer to her daughter.

Survivors include two sons, Tommy, Pullman, Washington, and Richard, Mimbres, New Mexico; one daughter, Janice Wisdom (Keith), Overland Park, Kansas; five grandchildren, Jeremiah Johnson, Jennifer Longacre (Daniel), Phillip Anderson, Seth Wisdom, and Nate Wisdom, and six great-grandchildren, Makenna, Tatum and Blake Longacre, Caleb and Aubrey Anderson, and Eli Cersovsky.  Other survivors include a sister-in-law, Zora Belle Hundley, Overland Park, Kansas, along with many nieces and nephews.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Overton E. “Doc” Hundley, Jr. and Edwin D. Hundley.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 am Saturday at the funeral home, before the service.

The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of the funeral home.

The funeral service may be viewed live on Facebook at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory | Facebook


Messages & Condolences

From Margy Kappelman Rose...

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother! She is a wonderful memory from my childhood shopping at Rusty’s. Always smiling & so friendly. My Father was just a few years ahead of your Mother in high school. Longtime friends! Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers!

From Maelyne Rider Schultz, Billings, MT...

So sorry to hear of Doris’ passing. She always had a smile for everyone and was wonderful to be around. She will be missed

From Karl Kreitzer...

I started my first job in 1956 at the age of 14 at Rusty’s Superette in downtown Lawrence. Doddie was my first employment mentor. I never saw her without a smile on her face. My folks and I lived on Emerald Drive, also. I remember her fondly. She was special.

From Karen Snow Swalwell...

Doddie was a special lady! My mom ( Doris Snow) were friends in high school & both worked at the Rusty’s grocery stores where both retired from. When those two were together there wasn’t a quiet moment! She will be missed!

From Marilyn Figuieras Lane...

Jan and Tommy,
Your mother was a wonderful lady and I was proud to call her, your dad, and you two neighbors for many years. Emerald Drive has never been the same since you left. Thank you for sharing your folks with us. Your mom was especially warm and inviting, and always had her loving smile for anyone who knocked on her door. RIP, Doris.

From Leon Randel...

I worked with Doris (Doddie) for many years at Rusty’s. What a joy she was to be around,always happy with a big smile on her face. If you asked her how she was, the answer was always”everything is copacetic”. Rest In Peace my friend.

From Helen Pendleton Rumbaut...

My Pendleton family shopped often at Rusty’s grocery store. It was always fun to see Doris working there. She was always a ray of sunshine, shining on everyone she met. What a sweetheart! She always lifted my spirits. She and my mom, Edith Pendleton, were the same age. May the Lord give His peace to all who mourn her passing.

From Alison Dishinger...

I have many wonderful memories of growing up on the same street as Mrs. Johnson; she was part of what made our neighborhood so safe and enjoyable when we were kids.

I was grateful in 2019 that the stars aligned so my mother could move into the house Doris built in Chipperfield. It was truly a reunion, because so many folks from the old neighborhood were (or are still!) living there.

I’m also grateful that our families were able to reconnect before Doris passed.

I am sending the entire Johnson family loving comfort during this time of loss and grief.

From Sue Glatz...

To the Family :
I am so sorry for the loss of Doris. I know she will be deeply missed,. You were Blessed to have her for so many years.

I met her in the early 2000s at the JCPenney salon. What a sweetheart!
She always had a smile on her beautiful face and was a joy to visit with each week.
She will make a perfect Angel♥️

You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your beloved Mother, Grandmother Doris.
Deepest Sympathy, Sue Glatz

From Joyce Tallman...

I worked with Mrs. Johnson while I was a student at KU at Rusty’s. She never met a stranger. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

From Mo Edwards...

I feel so lucky to have gotten to know her and spend time with her over several years. Her smile, optimism, and joy healed my heart in so many ways. Jan and Tommy – you are the best kids to the best lady. We are all better for having known her. Although these words seem like not enough to express my thoughts – know they are from my heart. You all remain in my prayers.

From Carol Mummert Smith...

Met Doris when we lived in schwegler school district , visited with her at rusty ‘s then became a neighbor in Chipperfield she was one of the sweetest people i have known , always think,of her with a smile as that is how I I saw her ( always with a smile) prayers are with her family

From Linda Votaw...

I worked with Doris “Dotie” for years at Rusty’s. She was a wonderful person and never in a bad mood!! What a wonderful person!

From Rick Link...

As a friend of Tommy’s, whenever I saw Mrs. Johnson, she was one of the most friendly moms I knew. When she worked at Rusty’s, I would go in just to bother her for a second or two. Great parents raise great kids. So sorry for your loss, and my condolences to the family.

From Judy Gragg...

Doris lit up any room she was in
What a great lady she was. I met Doris when I worked with Ray and Tommy at the gas Co. And later became Doris neighbor at Chipperfield. Prayers are with all the family

From Marty Sinclair...

Doris truly had a smile that would light up any room! We know how much she will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family as you celebrate Doris’ remarkable life and legacy.

From Terry Poteet...

What a sweet lady with a wonderful smile! We are so sorry for your loss. Jan, she was such a huge part of your life and will be greatly missed. We are praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

From Jean and Tom Truman...

To Jan, Tommy, and Dick,
I loved Doris. She always had a smile on her face and a contagious laugh. What a joy to be around. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Heaven has gained an angel.

From Judy (Hanenkrat) Smith...

Doris was a wonderful lady. We were neighbors for several years on Emerald Dr. in Lawrence. Many fond memories. Thoughts and prayers to all of her family.

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