Doris Lorraine (Soderberg) Johnson, 95+ years of age, a 14-year resident of Branson West, MO, until June 29th of this year when she became a Florida resident, passed away at her Titusville, FL home on September 2nd, with family by her side.
Born December 31, 1923, in Duluth, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Henning August Soderberg and Lillian Johnson, and one of four children in the family. Doris graduated from Denfeld High School, in Duluth, in 1941; then attended Junior College before transferring to Duluth Business University. With the U.S. having entered World War II, she moved to Los Angeles, California, in June 1942, to join in the country’s war efforts, working at North American Aviation until moving back to Duluth in 1944.
She married Harvey Edward Johnson on January 20, 1945. For nearly 44 years, until his sudden death on December 24, 1988, their life together was an example of faith, hope and love. Doris returned to the work force when the two youngest children (twins) reached school age. She worked in sales at a jewelry store, as a receptionist in a medical clinic, and lastly, until retirement in 1982, as executive secretary to the superintendent of an iron ore mining company in northern Minnesota.
Doris was a Presbyterian Church member for 61 years before moving to the Branson West area. During those 61 years, she taught Sunday School, served both as an Elder and a Deacon, and was a choir member and active in Women’s Ministry. She also volunteered in the church office and its elementary school kitchen. In 2017, she became a charter member of New Testament Christian Church in Reeds Spring, Missouri.
She had a sincere heart for others. Her words and actions exemplified the Bible’s “fruits of the spirit”: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Doris is survived by her four children: Harry H. Johnson and his wife, Christine, of Palm Coast, Florida; Clifford M. Johnson of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; Dale H. Johnson and his wife, Nancy, of Titusville, Florida; and Deborah J. High of Titusville, Florida. She also is survived by eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, three siblings, husband Harvey, and son-in-law, Daniel J. High.
Doris’ memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at New Testament Christian Church, 21016 Main Street (at the corners of Hwy 413 and 76), Reeds Spring, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 1510, Ranson, WV 25438-4510 or Special Olympics Missouri, 305 Special Olympics Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home Kimberling City, MO.