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Dolores Johnson

d. June 12, 2019

Hillsboro – Dolores Johnson, 92, died June 12, 2019 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro.  She was born November 26, 1926 in Corn, Oklahoma to George and Lena (Thiessen) Wiens.  She married D. Leonard Johnson August 17, 1947 in Corn, Oklahoma.  Survivors include: sons, Douglas (Jaydene) Johnson of Mariposa, CA, Gary (Nancy) Johnson of Mariposa, CA; daughters, Kaylene Unruh of Hillsboro, Geneva (Darrel) Just of Rural Hillsboro; 11 grandchildren and 13 great – grandchildren.  Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2019 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.  Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to Parkview Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com

Life Sketch Taken From The Funeral Bulletin

Dolores Helen Wiens was born November 26, 1926 to George D. and Lena (Thiessen) Wiens, the youngest of 5 children. Her older siblings were Henry, Goldie (Siemens), Bob and Calvin. She was born in Corn, Oklahoma, where she lived in the same house until her marriage.

Growing up she enjoyed playing clarinet and did well in her studies. She had the unique opportunity to have her older sister as her teacher in school. She had a close relationship to Goldie, who was 15 years her senior, and who she said helped raised her. She and her brother Calvin, being younger than their other siblings, grew up together and grew close enjoying many memorable experiences together.

Dolores accepted Jesus as her Savior and was baptized while growing up in Corn, joining the Corn M.B. Church. Her parents raised her to follow Christ and herlife exemplified her close walk with her Lord.

Dolores met Leonard Johnson in December of 1944 and their first date was to the Tabor College Bible Conference. Leonard was drafted into the army shortly after, so for 2 years their relationship was by letters. In January 1947 after completing his service he asked Dolores “if she would like to cook for him while he attended school.” She said she would love to, so they were engaged, and married August 17, 1947 in Corn, Oklahoma.

After their wedding they moved to Shafter, California, where Leonard was from. Four children were born to them, Kaylene Joyce in 1948, Douglas Lee in 1951, Gary Lynn in 1953 and Geneva Rose in 1957. Dolores stayed home to raise their children. In 1951 the family moved in with her parents following her mother’s stroke. They lived there for eight years while she cared for both her family and her parents until her mother’s death. She has always been a person to just do what needed to be done, not caring about the sacrifice it might involve.

Leonard and Dolores were loving parents and raised their children to love God and modeled a life of hard work, service and faith in God. Attendance and involvement in church was an important part of their lives and continues to be in the lives of their children.

Leonard was an accountant and in 1961 the family moved to Reedley, California and in 1965 to Tulare, California due to job changes. In 1972 they moved to Hillsboro, Kansas where they both worked at Tabor College and later owned and operated the Iron Kettle in Hillsboro. Dolores helped Leonard in the restaurant business as he ran several places in California and Hillsboro. She made pies and verinika and worked as cashier and hostess, always willing to do whatever needed to be done.

Leonard died of a heart attack in December of 1979. This forced Dolores to take care of many things in her life that Leonard had taken care of. Again, she rose to the occasion and went on to support herself and manage her home and finances. She did daycare, first for her grandchildren, then for also for several other children for a number of years, in addition to restaurant work. Kaylene and Geneva’s children have many fond memories of spending their days with Grandma. She was an important person in their lives and growing up.

In 2014 following back surgery she moved to Parkside Homes where she resided until her death.  She enjoyed her days there and the staff enjoyed her friendly and pleasant spirit.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband Leonard, great-granddaughter Mikaella Ramsey  and son-in-law Jerald Unruh. Survivors are Kaylene Unruh, Douglas and Jaydene Johnson, Gary and Nancy Johnson, and Geneva and Darrel Just; grandchildren Jonelle and Jason Ensign, Shannon and Adam Smart, Amber and David Ramsey, Bryan and Keena Johnson, Erika and C.J. Bartley, Bethany and Stephen DeSoto, Rebekah and Victor Gonzalez, Mark and Alexa Johnson, Brad and Malinda Just, Kelli and Caleb Dirks, and Lauren and Ben Heyen; great-grandchildren Chloe Ensign, Olivia and Carson Smart, Emily and Abigail Ramsey, Kyra and Lily Johnson, Jayden Bartley, Fox and Oliver Gonzalez, Gracelyn, Jemma and Case Just.

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