Dor­ris Carlisle John­son

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - OBITUARIES -

Age 92, of Win­ter Gar­den, passed away Wednes­day, Oc­to­ber 24, 2018. Born in Vi­enna Ge­or­gia, Dor­ris and her sis­ter, Ruby Jean, moved with their par­ents, Eu­nice and John Thomas (“J.T.”) Carlisle, from Cordele, Ge­or­gia to Win­ter Gar­den in 1933. Dor­ris at­tended Win­ter Gar­den El­e­men­tary school and grad­u­ated from Ocoee High School in the class of 1943. She ex­celled in her stud­ies, es­pe­cially in lit­er­a­ture and English, and she proudly never made a gram­mat­i­cal er­ror of record. Dor­ris loved grow­ing up in West Or­ange County when citrus was king and or­ange blos­soms still wafted through the air, a time when she, with her al­lur­ing smile and dry wit, evoked com­par­isons to Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe. Not long af­ter World War II, Dor­ris met and mar­ried Wil­bur John­son, which be­gan a sto­ry­book ro­mance that would span six decades and ended upon his death in 2008. Dor­ris and Wil­bur, who were un­apolo­get­i­cally in­sep­a­ra­ble, were never ones to sit still— they were pas­sion­ate about travel, col­lect­ing their ‘col­lectibles’, blue­grass mu­sic fes­ti­vals and friends. Al­ways her own per­son, Dor­ris ex­uded grace and kind­ness to oth­ers, which was her way of show­ing she was a woman of quiet, dig­ni­fied faith. She re­tired in the mid 1980’s af­ter a 40-year ca­reer with Florida Power Cor­po­ra­tion. Dor­ris is pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, Wil­bur, and her par­ents. She is sur­vived by her sis­ter, Ruby Jean Van­der­grift (Ge­orge Henry “Frog”); her sis­ters-in-law He­len Crit­ten­den and Pa­tri­cia John­son; niece Judy Ni­chol­son; neph­ews Earl Crit­ten­den, Jr. and Brian Crit­ten­den; and great-nephew Dar­ren Crit­ten­den and great-niece De­van Crit­ten­den. A cel­e­bra­tion of this lovely soul will be held Wednes­day, Oc­to­ber 31 at 11:00 A.M. at Tem­ple Free Will Bap­tist Church, 1208 E. Story Road, Win­ter Gar­den, FL. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions to Cor­ner­stone Hospice Foun­da­tion would be quite kind: 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778 or by phone: 352-742-6819. (www.beck­er­fam­i­ly­fu­neral. com) she

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