Dorothy Grace Lanning Johnston, 92, passed away peacefully, Friday, August 9, 2013 at 8:45 p.m. in Lees Summitt, Mo. She was surrounded by her forever grateful and loving daughters Ledlie and Dorothy.
Funeral services will be private for the family. Inurnment will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal. There will be no visitation. The James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Mo., is in charge of the arrangements.
Dorothy was born on December 3, 1920, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Joseph (J.D.) and Minnie Hampton Lanning.
She married her childhood sweetheart, Melvin Johnston, on December 1, 1940, in Hannibal, Missouri. He preceded her in death on October 8, 2000.
After his death she moved to Lee’s Summit, Missouri, to be close to her daughters and grandchildren.
Survivors include her two daughters, Ledlie Ann Johnston Andrews (Stan) and Dorothy Johnston Morgan (Tom); two granddaughters, Adele Andrews Duncan and Cara Andrews Davenport (Adam Newberry); one grandson, Tyler Morgan (Brooke Hunter); one great-granddaughter, Madeline Grace Duncan; and one great-grandson, Seth Davenport, all of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; her brother, Harry Lanning (Mary) of Sun Lakes, Arizona; several nieces, nephews; her dearest friend, Frannie Gilmore; her two grandcats, Amos and Andy, who will miss sleeping with her every night; and many of the wait staff at Cracker Barrel and Ihop who were like family to her.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Paul Lanning; and her sister, Lucille (Loucel) Lanning Smith.
After graduation from Hannibal High School and beauty school, Dorothy began her career as a beautician, however, throughout the years she worked for J.C. Penney, Western Publishing and retired for the first time from the Hannibal Holiday Inn.
At age 81 she was bored and decided to go back to work. After interviewing and being hired, we all laughed when she said she had to take a drug test. She retired again after 10 years from WalMart in Lee’s Summit where she worked in the Fabric and Woman’s Clothing Departments. She loved every minute of this job and would go in at least an hour early to have coffee and visit with everyone before clocking in. Her work ethic was an example to all who worked with her.
She was a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Hannibal, the Lighthouse Chapter 194 of Eastern Star, and the Oakwood Woman’s Club.
Memorials may be made to Crossroads Hospice of Kansas City or an animal shelter of your choice in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.