Dorothy Evelyn Pearson was born March 10, 1933, was the only child of James Pearson and Rhoena Ballard. Both parents have preceded her in death.
She joined the Wilbur Johnson family as a young woman
Dottie was known to some by her retail career. She started in New Hampshire, where she worked as a cashier on an Air Force Base and demonstrated her integrity. At the Base Exchange, there were no purchases without an Identification Card. Dottie was involved in an incident where the Base Commander did not have his ID on him when trying to make his purchases. She followed the rules even when it came to him. She was rewarded for following the rules.
After moving to Ohio with the Johnson family, Dottie became assistant manager of Lerner’s (a women’s clothing store). Dottie had a strong work ethic. She believed in not being late and staying until the work was finished. Those who worked for her called her Miss Pearson. She was well liked and respected by most. When the Lerner’s store closed, she was hired as Women’s Clothing Department Manager at a Gold Circle store and finally as a Fine Jewelry Manager at a Value City store before she retired. Dottie did not drive, so one of the family members or friends often picked her up from work if the city bus was not running.
Dottie had a passion for retail, bears, traveling and gold jewelry. She collected a bear or was given one everywhere she went. She had a fear of water, but overcame it with vacationing on three cruises and a helicopter ride over water to a volcano in Hawaii vacation. She purchased gold jewelry bears for herself and unicorns for her niece/second cousin.
Because of her love for children, she volunteered and manned the duck swim area at Riley Hospital for Children in Indiana during a Newborn Intensive care reunion.
One of her favorite holidays was Halloween. She loved wearing her witch’s hat, giving out candy and admiring the different costumes of the kids.
However, Dottie’s favorite holiday was Christmas. She loved Christmas shopping. She enjoyed decorating the tree every year and almost every year it looked the same. Dottie had a wonderful eye for decorating. She also enjoyed playing Santa, for the Johnson family and friends, by handing out gifts on Christmas morning.
Dottie will be remembered for many things, but especially her contagious smile and her love for bears. Also, she never met a glazed donut, a glass of Pepsi or a chocolate she did not like. She loved people and made friends wherever she went. Children made her smile even bigger and her childlike quality drew them to her.
Dottie was protective of her surroundings and made a point of watching for things out of order. The family called it playing “Rear Window”.
Dottie was an angel here on earth and a heart for others. She was a generously kind and gentle soul. Dottie was family, a friend and loved by many. The loss of Dottie Pearson is beyond measure to those of us who loved her.
She leaves behind her cherished family and memories, a second cousin/niece Kimberly Johnson and two second cousins/nephews: Kraig Johnson and Tony (Konrad) Johnson. She is preceded in death by her other family members: her first cousin Wilbur Johnson and his wife Bettye (Mary) Johnson. She leaves behind a second family: Jan White, Carolyn White, Jamie White and Brandi White.
The Day GOD Took You Home
In life I loved you dearly. In death I love you still In my heart you’re in a place, no one else can ever fill. It broke my heart to lose you, but you didn’t go alone Part of me went with you, the day GOD took you home.