Doris Bell Johnson

October 10, 1922 – May 25, 2023

 

Last updated 6/6/2023 at 10:34am

Doris Bell Johnson, age 100, died peacefully at The Lodge in Sisters on May 25, 2023.

Born in Oregon City on October 10, 1922 to Fred and Mary (Schiewe) Schaber, Doris joined older brothers Elmer, Walter, and Clarence. She grew up on her parents' farm in Oregon City, now West Linn, where they grew grain, potatoes, and beef. They also had chickens and pigs and Doris picked hops and strawberries for spending money. The family had a big garden, which fed them through the depression.

Following graduation from West Linn High School, Doris went to work for the Oregon City Employment division. When the war broke out she was transferred to the War Power Commission and was executive secretary to the administrator.

At 22, Doris met William (Bill) Bell of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. They married in 1944. Bill was in the service during the war working as a printer.

Doris and Bill had two daughters, Nancy Diane and Susan Marie. They lost a premature son, Thomas Andrew, born between the girls.

In 1954, the family moved from Portland to Lake Grove. They enjoyed their time at their home and vacations at the beach where they had built a house in Rockaway.

Doris and Bill owned and worked together at Frank Knoll Printing in downtown Portland.

In 1973, Bill died unexpectedly of a heart attack. Being a strong business-woman, Doris kept the print shop running. She hired Arnold Johnson, a printer who had previously worked for them, and they married five years later. Doris had two wonderful marriages each lasting 29 years.

After living alone for many years following Arnold's death, Doris moved to Sisters into The Lodge, near her daughter Suzy. She loved her new home and friends and participated enthusiastically in all the activities offered. Doris thrived for the four years she lived at The Lodge. They called her their Queen.

Doris was surrounded by family, close friends, and wonderful nurses as she made her last journey from this world.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws, Nancy and Mark Eby of Pasco, Washington and Suzy and Lance Ramsey of Bend; two grandchildren, Steven (Angie) Budiselic of Hermiston, and Casey Ramsey of Portland. Doris is also survived by her step-children with Arnold Johnson and multiple nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren. She was blessed with so many friends who adored her.

Keeping busy was her goal and busy she was.

The family would like to thank Partners In Care and The Lodge staff for their loving care and support.

There will be a celebration of life at The Lodge in Sisters, June 23 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Partners In Care Redmond.

 

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