Sally Ann Frederick and Garry Ellis Johnson, Sr. in Brownfield, Texas on April 14, 2018
Juanita Camfield, Dorothy Johnson, and Sally Frederick Fallin, 719 Deer Pass, Channelview, Harris, Texas
Marriage: about 1947 in Nueces, Texas, United States
Dorothy had five children total.
One son, Lewis Gene Marshall (1942-2006), father: Richard Lewis Marshall.
She was a widow, in 1956, she was only 31, she and her children lived across the street from us at 1706 Cheston Drive, Jacinto City, Harris County, Texas 77029.
My family, the Jean & Leroy Frederick family lived across the street at 1709 Cheston Drive, Jacinto City, Harris, Texas. We lived there up until I was 15, in 1968, when my parents divorced. They both remarried, and mother moved to Wood Shadows in Houston, Harris, Texas while Daddy married and moved us to Dayton, Liberty, Texas.
Dorothy had five children.
One son, Lewis Gene Marshall, father: Richard Lewis Marshall.
Married: Edward Leroy Johnson, Sr.
Edward “Eddie” Leroy Johnson Jr., Linda Gayle Johnson (Ward), Garry Ellis Johnson, Sr, and Etta Louise Johnson (Wilson).
Etta Louise Johnson Wilson and Sally Ann Frederick Tudor, Baytown, Harris, Texas, 2009
Her daughter Etta and I were best friends = BFF. Dorothy’s husband, Edward Leroy Johnson Sr., died when Etta was seven weeks of age, in 1956, so I never knew him. Me and Etta went to Corpus Christi, Texas during the summer together for a week to stay with her Uncle Al Junkert. We loved it! We went to the beach, and ate whatever we wanted to. We played games and helped Al cook dinner together, whatever we choose to. Al took us to the Benjamin Franklin Dime Store, and let us buy whatever we wanted to. Good times. We felt really special. Her Uncle Al Junkert was lonely, he had no children.
Dorothy was loved by all. She worked hard and supported her family of five on her own. Dorothy was good to all us kids on Cheston Drive, in Jacinto City, Harris, Texas. She was more like family than just a neighbor.
We called her “Aunt” Dorothy, even though we were not related by blood. Her door was always open to us kids. She didn’t lock her door. I miss all the good times we spent together playing cards and visiting, and all the slumber parties with Etta. I loved Aunt Dorothy just like my own Mother. Dorothy loved to listen to Marty Robbins and Ray Price. She worked at Dewey’s Food Store on Market Street for years as a Cashier.
I really miss our long talks, domino & card games, and all the good snacks Dorothy had for me when I came to visit, which was a lot! I loved it over there, Dorothy treated us kids like we were special. I never wanted to go home. I love you, Dorothy and miss you so much. You are gone but not forgotten. Love, the skinny, scrawny, insecure, little girl, that you made feel special and loved unconditionally, Sally Ann Frederick.
UPDATE: Dorothy’s daughter, Etta was my BFF, and her son Garry was my childhood sweetheart in 1966. Garry was 13 and I was 12, and they called it puppy love.
We both married and lost touch with each other up until 2015 when Garry became widowed and looked me up on Facebook. I did not become a widow until 2018, but we stayed in touch and we went to see his sister in the nursing home in Baytown, Harris, Texas together in 2015.
He told me that I was “his girl”, and that I had always been “his girl”. We never stopped dreaming about all the “what if’s”. In June 2018 we knew that we still loved each other, even after 52 years apart. I was so depressed in 2017 from losing my home and auto in Hurricane Harvey, and so I really bottomed out when I lost my husband in February 2018. I prayed continually for God’s will. God gave us another chance at love, and we both went for it. We are now husband and wife. He is 65 and me 64. OMG, his mother is my mother-in-law, and Etta is my sister-in-law after all these years. I wish that she and Etta could be here to see how happy we are now together. God is good.
Aunt Dorothy’s song played at her funeral.
Forest Park East Cemetery
21620 Gulf Freeway
Webster, Harris County, Texas, 77598,USA