Dorothy JOHNSON Dorothy passed away April 25, 2012 in Seattle at the age of 95. She was born in Marysville, WA on January 23, 1917. Dorothy was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants, the Hoviks, who came to Marysville, WA to homestead a farm in the 1880's. She spent her childhood in Marysville and moved to Seattle to live with an aunt and complete her high school education at Ballard High School. She married Henry Johnson at age 19. They were married for 68 years until his death in 2004. She was most proud of her family and will be loved and missed by everyone who knew her. She was such a compassionate friend, mother and aunt that right up to the end of her life everyone she met was charmed by her. Dorothy told great stories about the entrepre neurial ventures that she and her husband undertook throughout their lives together. She was the proprie tor of the Fremont Hotel and Smokey Joe's Café in Seattle during the 1940's. She and Henry also owned and managed The Ripple Tavern in Everett from 1954 to 1962. She was very proud of the architectural award that the tavern received in the 1950's. Dorothy and Henry never got rich but they did manage to make a comfortable living and had many rich experiences during this time. Dorothy was the last of her genera tion in the Johnson family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Johnson, Henry's sisters Edna and Esther and all of her own brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sons, Jerry Johnson and David Johnson; her granddaughter Kallissa Johnson and her great grandson Ben Johnson as well as her nephew, Ed Woodruff and niece Marilyn Rotell. A small private memorial will be held for her at her son Jerry's home on May 12th.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 6, 2012