Dorothy Eleanor Johnson


(Feb. 12, 2005)

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the LDS Church in Burlington for Dorothy Eleanor (Oxley) Johnson, 85, who died Saturday, Feb. 12 of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident southeast of Powell.

She was born Jan. 30, 1920, in Gilmore City, Iowa, the eldest of eight children born to Millard and Clara Gaffron. At an early age, she moved with her family to Decatur, Ill., where she grew up and graduated from high school.

She married John L. Oxley on Feb. 26, 1938. They had four daughters, Delores, Dorothy, Joyce and Kay.

Eleanor was a devoted wife and mother, a homemaker and a professional seamstress. After their four daughters left home, John and Eleanor made their permanent residence in Billings, Mont., until his death in 1968.

A few years later, Eleanor gained a second family when she married long-time family friend, George Johnson. They made their home in Burlington.

One of the high points of Eleanor's life was when she and George were sealed in the LDS Temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Throughout her life, she found happiness, not only in friends and family, but in her activities at church.

She also enjoyed her flower gardens, making quilts for her great-grandchildren and knitting beautiful afghans for adult family members and friends. She showed her love for those she cared about in many ways.

Survivors include her husband, George Johnson of Burlington; three daughters, 12 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and numerous members of her blended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; her sister, Geraldine; and her daughter, Kay.