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Dorothy Thomas1922 ~ 2012Dorothy Leola Johnson Thomas passed away peacefully at home January 23, 2012, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 89.She was born August 14, 1922 in Lake Andes, South Dakota to Pierre (Leonard) and Dora Johnson, immigrants from Sweden and Norway. She was the fifth of six children and grew up in Kadoka, South Dakota. After graduating from high school, Dorothy moved to Pennsylvania where she lived and worked until the outbreak of World War II. Soon thereafter she enlisted in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), the first corps of Navy women, in which she served for nearly four years overhauling airplane engines and rigging parachutes. In 1944 she married James John (Jim) Thomas, also in the Navy, and shortly thereafter moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.After settling in West Valley City, Utah in 1955, Dorothy worked for Walgreen Drug for four years, and then retired from Litton Industries after 24 years of working as a circuit board technician making guided missile parts, and later as a material control clerk. While at Litton she was on the blood donor list for open heart surgery patients and donated over five gallons of blood.Dorothy was active in many organizations over the years. She was a founding and life-long active member of Granger Community Christian Church. She joined the Eastern Star in 1978 and held several offices including Worthy Matron. Other memberships included the Ladies Oriental Shrine; Floriculture Garden Club, where she was elected President twice; and she enjoyed many years with the same bowling league, and golf leagues.Dorothy was a loving and devoted wife and mother and her children always came first. She was always surrounded by dear friends as a result of her ever pleasant and positive attitude. She loved to travel, was an avid gardener and loved to watch things grow. Over the years she won many ribbons at the Utah State Fair for her flower arrangements. After her husband's death in 1992, she enjoyed the companionship of her special long time friend and neighbor Jay Homrighouse, who adored her, Dorothy is survived by her children: two sons, William (Julie) of Richmond, Virginia; David of West Valley City; two daughters, Linda Robison (Hank) of Moscow, Idaho; Elaine Brown (Cris) of Columbus, Mississippi; brother, Dale Johnson (Chris) of San Jose, Costa Rica; nine grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, one brother, and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 27, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the Granger Christian Church, 3232 West 4100 South, West Valley City, Utah. A viewing will be held one hour prior. Burial will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery.Her family would like to thank Hospice for Utah for their loving care, kindness and exceptional expertise.