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Dorothy Ruth Johnstone

1924 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Dorothy Ruth Johnstone, Dot to her family and Brandy to her friends, passed away Sunday, March 14, 2010. She was born in Marshall County, Kan., in 1924 to Carl T. and Louise Brandhorst. The oldest of eight children, Dorothy grew up during the dustbowl days of the Depression and came to age during World War II. During these early years she gained a deep respect for the land and an insight into the cares and needs of children as well as for those who struggle.
She moved to New Mexico in 1948 with her husband, William P. Johnstone. "He was my great luck, and I was his." They met while attending the Kansas City Art Institute. Graduates of Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., they taught in the Santa Rosa Public Schools and in Tularosa. Dorothy earned a master's in reading from the University of Texas in El Paso in 1968 and taught first grade most of her working years. After their retirement, Dorothy and Bill built a home in La Luz and devoted their time to painting. Landscapes were Dorothy's special love.
She leaves behind her daughter Jenny, son-in-law Owen and grandson Russell Jacob Lockwood, of Las Cruces; sisters and their families Adeline Costello, of San Diego, Calif., Olivia Ishikawa, of Madison, Wis., Ellen Wiesehan, of Tucson, Ariz., and Charlotte Rohren, of Pleasanton, Calif.; and brothers and their families Dr. Carl L. Brandhorst, of Monmouth, Ore., Dr. Curt Brandhorst, of Jefferson City, Mo., and Mark Brandhorst, of David City, Neb. To her great sadness, Bill, her companion and husband of 59 years, preceded her in death in 2007.
She remains now in remembered moments of shared confidences and laughter, loyalties, observations and loves; through her paintings of trees, cloud and sky. Curious to the end, inquiry was her great pursuit and never material gain. She strove to do her best and little harm, hated waste in time or money and though often in ill health, always did more than her share to contribute to the common good. She took up little space but gave greatly. She was always a good friend. She stood her ground. She is one with her time.

I'm going out to clean the pasture spring,
I'll only stop to take the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may)
I shan't be gone long. - You come too.
The Pasture ~ Robert Frost

The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation has taken place locally at PCS.
There are no services planned.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 3 to Apr. 5, 2010
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