RAWLINS, WYO. -- Dola Maude Pitney Johnson, was born on Dec. 29, 1914 in Holyoke, Colo., to Floyd Barron Pitney and Mary Adaline Pitney. She was the middle of five children. On Oct. 12, 1935, Dola married the love of her life, Leonard James Johnson, a railroad engineer in Max. She was a faithful, loving, loyal wife and mother to her one child, Richard Keith Johnson.
Dola and her husband raised their family in McCook. After her husband passed away on July 18, 1977, she moved to Colorado Spring, Colo., to be close to her sister Mary. Soon afterwards, her sister Doris fell ill, and Dola moved to Atlanta, Ga., to help care for her. She lived there until 1994, until it became increasingly difficult to help her sister with her care, after which Dola moved to Rawlins Wyo. to be close to her granddaughter, Robyn Taylor. She remained in Rawlins until her death on July 1, 2006 at age of 91.
Dola loved to travel and go camping with her husband, Leonard. Together, they visited 48 of the nation's 50 states. She was also an avid piano player, often playing her beautiful music for hours on end. She enjoyed watching baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves.
Her faith as one of Jehovah's Witnesses was one of the most important parts of her adult life. She was a loyal servant of God. Her family will remember her as a tender, gentle, supportive grandmother who encouraged them in their successes and helped them over the rough spots of life. Dola lived and enjoyed a full life. She was esteemed by her peers, and she will be missed and not soon forgotten.
Dola was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond and Clyde Pitney; sister, Doris Weigel; husband, Leonard Johnson; and son, Richard Keith Johnson. She leaves to cherish her memory, a sister, Mary Cobb, along with her husband Bural of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her granddaughters, Robyn Taylor, along with her husband Rod, of Rawlins, Wyo., and Susan Johnson Zahn of Tyrone, Okla.; five great-grandchildren, Ryan Taylor of Washington, D.C., Brandon Taylor, along with his wife Callie, of La Jolia, Calif., Alyssa Taylor of Rawlins, Wyo., Jessica Schurman and Justin Schurman of Tyrone, Okla.; and dozens of nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2006, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2825 Wagon?Circle Road, Rawlins, Wyo. Dan Cronk will preside over the service.
Our sincere thanks for all of the visits and prayers.