Dorothy (Boyd) Foss Johnson (1933 - 2011)

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July 30, 1933 – March 6, 2011

Dorothy (Foss) Johnson, 77, of Helena and Yuma, Ariz., passed away March 6, 2011, in Yuma from an extended illness with lymphoma. She was born Dorothy Rose Boyd on July 30, 1933, in Havre.

She married Arnold Foss in 1956, while both were in school at Montana State University. She graduated with a master's degree in nursing and worked in Billings, Livingston and Bozeman, and also taught practical nursing for a time in Bozeman. They raised three children and lived in Montana until Arnold's death in 1988.

Dorothy loved to travel, enjoyed square dancing, reading, crossword puzzles, a good glass of merlot, and spending time with her many wonderful friends.

She married Richard Johnson in 1997, and they spent their summers in Helena and winters in Yuma, Ariz. They took several trips together, including one to Costa Rica, Mexico, Eastern Europe, several Scandinavian countries, and their last on a cruise to Alaska.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Mike Stasi of San Jose, Calif.; her son, Eric Foss of Livingston; daughter-in-law, Roxanne Foss of Belgrade; sister and brother-in-law, Marge and George Wilson of Post Falls, Idaho; her husband's children and spouses: Lori and Dave Gohs of Billings; Steve and Karen Johnson of North Bend, Ore.; Lynn Johnson and Tim Their of Trego; and eight grandchildren from her extended family which include Emily, Ashley, Braden, Erynn, Spencer, Kaja, Maggie, and Amanda.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Arnold Foss; son, Douglas Foss; mother, Mary Sward; and father, Ralph Boyd.

Dorothy lived a rich and full life and left this world with the love and the prayers of all her family and many close friends, and will be missed more than words can ever say. She was a beautiful, strong, caring, intelligent, fun-loving woman, and was a gift to those who had the opportunity to know her.

She will be cremated, and the family will have a private celebration of her and her life this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to hospice or to the Lymphoma Society.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 13, 2011
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