Dolores Geraldene Johnson


Dolores Geraldene Johnson, 87, passed away in Tucson on May 27, 2019. She was born Nov. 12, 1931, in Roswell, N.M., to Louis H. Willis and Mary P. Stoddard.

Her family moved to Willcox, where she married William O. Holton on June 7, 1948. Together, they had five children.

Dolores worked for the Willcox Unified School District and made many lifelong friends. In the late 1970s, she moved to California and worked for the California Adult Education Program. It was there she met and married Leland Johnson.

Upon retirement, they moved to Willcox, and she volunteered at the library and hospice. Dolores and Lee were married 32 years. They enjoyed gardening and won “yard of the month” one summer. They also enjoyed traveling and spent six weeks in Peru, where they visited Machu Picchu.

Dolores’ interests and hobbies included her family, gardening, birdwatching and caring for her beloved Yorkie, Reggie. Her favorite pastime was her weekly card group. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by: her brother, Louis H. Willis Jr.; children William, Robert (Sharon), Connie (John), Karen and Helen (Michael); stepchildren, Sharon, Karen, Tom (Linda), Jim, Susan and Teena; seven grandchildren, Anna, Brian, Garrett, Danielle, Megan, Jennifer and Kimberlee; seven great-grandchildren, Alessa Mae, Amber, Bode, Lola, Ava, Xander and Michael; and many nieces and nephews.

Dolores was a people person. She had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. She was fun-loving, generous and compassionate. She taught us to persevere through adversity and to see the good in everyone. She will be terribly missed, but we know she will always live on in our hearts.

A private service is planned in the fall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

You may express condolences at www.westlawnchapel

Arrangements are entrusted to Westlawn Chapel, Mortuary and Crematory of Willcox.

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