Dorthy Ann (Collins) Johnson, 78, died Jan. 19.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Warrensburg with the Rev. Terrence Moody officiating. Pallbearers will be Charlie Hogue, Charles Lyles, Gary Adams, Dale Goodwin, Felton Avery and Joseph Fisher Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Collins, Kenneth Collins, Spencer Taylor, Herbie Nelson, Charles Briscoe, Jerry Hardin, Junis Goodwin Jr., and John Hollie Jr.
Interment will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg.
Dorthy Ann Johnson was born in Johnson County, Mo., on May 29, 1934, the daughter of Robert Henry Collins and Cordelia Beatrice (Smith) Collins. She attended CC Hubert High School in Sedalia, Mo. Dorthy worked as a housekeeper, clothing cleaner, and retired as a food manager at Central Missouri State University after 21 years.
Dorthy was a member of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. She loved reading her Bible and would often quote Psalms 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Dorthy could “throw down” in the kitchen. She was famous for many of her dishes that included macaroni and cheese, dressing, smothered steak, barbecue pork chops, and fried turnips. For years, she worked in the kitchen at Shiloh for church dinners and she sang in the church choir. “Oh Lord, You’ve Been Good to Me” was her most requested song to sing. Dorthy was a member of Descendents of Collins and would lead the song “Speak Lord.” Some of her favorite songs included: “I’m a Pilgrim and a Stranger,” “Time Is Winding Up,” “I Won’t Complain,” “He Looked Beyond All My Faults,” “I Didn’t See, I Didn’t Hear, but I Believe,” and “Heaven Is My Goal.”
Dorthy loved going to garage sales, flea markets, auctions and antique shows. She could fix and restore any type of antique glass or furniture. People would often come to her to purchase rare pieces from years past. Each Tuesday, Dorthy looked forward to going to the American Legion to play bingo. Dorthy also loved to play cards.
Dorthy had a special gift for helping and caring for people. She was always willing to help in any way possible. Dorthy never met a stranger and would always greet you with a smile and a hug. She had a sense of humor and would always keep you laughing. Dorthy was also an immaculate housekeeper. Dorthy loved flowers and mirrors.
Dorthy was preceded in death by her father, Robert H. Collins; mother, Cordelia B. Collins; and sister, Mildred Goodwin; husband (divorced), John Taylor; and husband (divorced), Albert J. Johnson.
She is survived by her three daughters, Carlas Taylor-Hollie (John), of Richmond, Va.; Deanna Tetuan, of Lawrence, Kan.; and Cynthia Johnson (Kendall), of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; two step-children, Barbara Frazier, of Warrensburg; and William Johnson, of Kansas City; three sisters, Irene Goodwin, of Topeka, Kan.; Naomi Little, of Lawrence, Kan.; and Marie Rucker, of Warrensburg; four grandchildren, Blake Tetuan, Brooklin Tetuan, Myles Hollie and Mehkel Hollie; two step-grandsons, Jody Frazier and Brandon Anderson; special nieces, Lois Avery, Aurelia Ray, Norma Jean Lyles, Connie Adams, Shelia Hogue, Reshelle Rucker and Bridget Rucker; special nephews, Anthony Rucker and Timothy Rucker; “honorary” grandchildren, Brittany Rucker, Paris Rucker and Jordan Rucker; her special friend and love, “Mr. James” Huff; “honorary” daughters, Connie Dickerson and Felecia Andrews; and a host of other nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and can be left at the funeral home.