The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

September 13, 2011

Dorothy M. Johnston

The Joplin Globe


Dorothy M. Johnston, age 91 of Joplin, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at St. Luke’s Nursing Center in Carthage, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.

Born May 5, 1920, in Waco, Mo., she was the daughter of the late William Orville Lofton and Bessie Lee Bennett Lofton. She graduated from high school in Joplin, and attended Joplin Business College. In 1956, she moved to Phoenix, Ariz., then to Yuma, and returned to the Joplin area 20 years ago. She retired as vice-president of Tanner Brothers, Inc., a road construction company, where she served as the first female board member. She was baptized at an early age at Waco Christian Church. Dorothy also enjoyed playing golf.

She was preceded in death by a brother, W.O. “Bill” Lofton; sisters, Virginia Hoyt, Elizabeth Hamilton and Thelma Scurlock.

Survivors include her sister, Betty Henry and husband, Speck, of Joplin; several nieces and nephews, including Dick Scurlock, of Kansas City, Mo., Jane Brown, of Joplin, Virginia Hoyt, Brent and Greg Henry, of Joplin.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park with Rev. Bob Simon officiating. The casket will remain closed.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

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