A walk-through viewing will be held on Wed, Dec. 16th from 5pm-7pm (due to State of California STAY AT HOME mandate, no gathering on the grounds of the Mortuary, please pay your respects and exit.) The Graveside service on Thursday, Dec. 17th at 10am at Mt. Hope Cemetery is by invitation of the family.
Dorcas JoAnn Johnson, affectionately known as “Jo” was the second of nine children born to Elder Amos Todd and Eva J. Mixon-Todd. She was born on June 14, 1942 in Stroud, Lincoln County, Oklahoma.
In 1945 the family moved from Oklahoma to the San Joaquin Valley in the town of Dos Palos, California. In 1957 the family relocated to San Diego, California. JoAnn confessed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. She was a faithful member of her father’s church, Mount Calvary Primitive Baptist of San Diego. JoAnn began her formal education in Dos Palos. After moving to San Diego, she continued her education at Gompers Jr. High School and graduated from Lincoln High School. After high school she attended classes at San Diego City College.
JoAnn started her business career in the farming community of Dos Palos, where her father was a farm labor contractor. She was trusted with the cash box at the tender age of 13 or 14. She paid workers as they picked and chopped cotton. After moving to San Diego, in addition to continuing her education, she kept books part time for a community doctor. After working for some time at General Dynamics Astronautics, she was hired by Bank of America, where she was among the first people of color to work as a teller for the bank in San Diego. She continued her career in banking for 25 years. JoAnn retired from public work as a Consumer Loan Manager with California Federal.
In 1961, JoAnn met her future husband, Oscar Johnson who was stationed at MCRD, San Diego. They were married a year later. They remained married for 58 years until the time of her passing. Together, they raised five children.
After retiring, JoAnn took in many foster children. She enjoyed spending time with and caring for her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved hosting family and friends on holidays and special occasions. She found pleasure in shopping and giving gifts to loved ones. Her visitors never left empty handed. Her pastimes included, reading, listening to gospel music and learning new recipes on the cooking channel.
At the age of 78 years, the lord called JoAnn home from her earthly pilgrimage. Two of her siblings proceeded her in death, brothers David Gary Todd and Paul Anthony Todd. She is survived by her loving husband, Oscar “John” Johnson; Children; Victor Johnson of Phoenix, AZ, Vincent Johnson, Karen White (Lonnie), Lisa Johnson-Walton (Keith), and Oscar Johnson Jr. (Christy), all of San Diego; Sisters, Virgie Johnson, Priscilla Todd, and Darlene McClaron; Brothers; Larry Todd (Karen), Amos Todd III, and John Todd (Paula), all of San Diego; Grandchildren; Tia Williams, Vincent Johnson III, Sharrtya King, Brianna McCallum, RaeAnne Ozier, Alan Parks, Lea Ozier and Natalie Johnson; Eleven Great-Grandchildren a special Aunt Margie Adams of Ceres, California; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
JoAnn’s passing has left a painful void in all our lives. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and others who knew her. However, we find comfort in knowing that although she is absent from the body, she is present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8.
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