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In Memory of

Doris Ware Johnson

September 8, 1929 - September 12, 2017

Obituary


Doris Virginia Ware Johnson, age 88, died from complications associated with heart disease and dementia at 10:20 a.m. on September 12, 2017, at the Center for Compassionate Care West in El Paso, Texas. She is survived by her daughter, Kyle Johnson Moore (Jacen) of El Paso, Texas, and son, Derek Johnson (Taffy) of Seattle, Washington, nieces Dory Henderson (Rick), Kathy Bryson (Joe), nephew Donald Johnson, and multiple cousins, including Kathryn Nelson (Harry Kleinsasser), Ed Thulin, Karen Harms (Marv), Linda Harskamp (Jim), Richard Hughes (Corrine), Judy Garber (Don), Neal Hughes (Mary), Francis Hughes (Phyllis), Nancy Giono...

Doris Virginia Ware Johnson, age 88, died from complications associated with heart disease and dementia at 10:20 a.m. on September 12, 2017, at the Center for Compassionate Care West in El Paso, Texas. She is survived by her daughter, Kyle Johnson Moore (Jacen) of El Paso, Texas, and son, Derek Johnson (Taffy) of Seattle, Washington, nieces Dory Henderson (Rick), Kathy Bryson (Joe), nephew Donald Johnson, and multiple cousins, including Kathryn Nelson (Harry Kleinsasser), Ed Thulin, Karen Harms (Marv), Linda Harskamp (Jim), Richard Hughes (Corrine), Judy Garber (Don), Neal Hughes (Mary), Francis Hughes (Phyllis), Nancy Giono (Mark), and Jerry Hughes (Babby) and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Edward Ware and Cora Hughes Ware, brother Robert H. Ware, cousin Virginia Thulin, and many close friends.
Doris was born on September 8th in Ames, Iowa. She was raised and attended school in Peru, Nebraska, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and Missouri Valley, Iowa. She pursued a degree in English at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Washington. Prior to marrying Frank Johnson, she worked as a mental health aide at the Pinel Foundation Hospital in Seattle, Washington, founded in 1948. As a stay-at-home mother, she successfully raised two children and later was the primary caregiver to her mother, Cora. She managed family-owned rental properties and later in life volunteered her time as a home hospice aide for patients with AIDS and cancer.
A lover of the outdoors, she enjoyed hiking, mushrooming, gardening and bird watching. She spent many happy days in her cabin on Jim Creek near Arlington, Washington. An avid reader, she enjoyed literature, poetry and the New Yorker magazine. Some of her favorite trees included Japanese maples and she collected pine cones and seed pods of all varieties, always hoping to propagate a new tree species in her yard. Doris was a very supportive, caring, empathetic, and loving individual who strongly believed in human equality and was active in the civil rights movement during the 1960's. She was willing to take a stand against injustice and worked toward desegregating the public school system in Seattle. She was also passionate about geology, plant life, and travel, particularly with her daughter Kyle. She resided in Seattle for more than 50 years before relocating to El Paso, Texas to be close to her daughter.
A service to celebrate her life is scheduled for Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 2 o'clock p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Drive, El Paso, Texas, 79912. All are welcome to attend. Inurnment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Missouri Valley, Iowa. Her family would like to thank the personnel of The Legacy at Cimarron and the Center for Compassionate Care West of Hospice El Paso for their excellent care. The family asks that donations be sent in lieu of flowers to Hospice El Paso. Donations are accepted online, by phone, and by mail and details are available at the following address: http://www.hospiceelpaso.org/donate.html.
Arrangements under the direction of Martin Funeral Home, El Paso, TX.