Jacqueline Joyce Dorris Johnson died November 4 at Atria Woodbriar Place in Falmouth. She was 96.
Originally from Michigan, she was born in Alpena, grew up in Flint, and was educated at Flint Technical High School. At 20 years old, she joined the WAVES and served as a pharmacist mate. After 13 months she was discharged and returned to Flint, then graduated from Flint Junior College with an associate’s degree in accounting.
She met John J. Dorris Jr. in college, and they married in 1948. The couple moved to DeWitt, New York, and started a family. The family also lived in Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Darien, Connecticut; Sudbury; Simpsonville, South Carolina; and Chicago, Illinois. After her husband died in 1979, she moved to the family vacation home in Falmouth Heights and enlarged it to make a permanent home for herself.
She married Harold W. Johnson in 1984.
Ms. Johnson became a quilter and won numerous ribbons at the Barnstable County Fair as well as local juried exhibits, and belonged to the Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod and the Holly Berry Quilt Guild. She created art in many forms: making porcelain dolls, knitting, crochet, needlework, counted cross-stitch, building dollhouses and dollhouse rooms.
Also an avid and experienced gardener, she was said to have had one of the most beautiful gardens in Falmouth Heights during her gardening years. She was a member of the Falmouth Beautification Committee and of the Falmouth Garden Club, of which she was president for two years, and once received a “Golden Trowel Award.”
At John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth Ms. Johnson made crafts for church fairs, participated in the call chain, and provided transportation to people in need.
She leaves her children, Pamela Dorris DeJong and her husband, Lawrence DeJong, John J. Dorris and his partner, Trisha Grace, Richard A. Dorris and his wife, Weatherly Dorris, and Barbara Dorris Mann and her husband, Thomas Mann; two stepdaughters, Gail E. Silva and Diane S. Witter; as well as seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, Floyd Robert Willetts and Edna Mary Willetts; two sisters and a brother; and both husbands.
A memorial service will be Thursday, November 18, at 1 PM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.