Virginia Dodge Johnson
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Virginia Dodge Johnson, 94, longtime resident of Springfield, passed away at 5 a.m. Oct. 23, 2004, in her home. Born Dec. 4, 1909, in Nowata, Okla., she was one of nine children of Cora Ann Keys Dodge and Charles Hanson Dodge. Virginia graduated from Nowata High School in 1926 and worked at the Nowata Daily Star for nine years. .

Virginia Dodge married C.W. (Johnny) Johnson on May 15, 1935, in Muskogee, Okla., after which they lived in Meadville, Pa. In 1944, Virginia and Johnny moved to Springfield where Johnny became copy editor of the Springfield newspapers. Johnny soon became managing editor of the Daily News and the News Leader & Press until his retirement. Virginia worked at the Springfield newspapers for about five years as librarian and proofreader. .

Virginia was a member of the Delaware Indian Tribe (her Indian name translates to (Redwing), an at-large member of the Southwest Missouri Museum Association, and a member of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. She was active in many civic and cultural events and activities throughout Springfield. .

She was preceded in death by: husband C.W. Johnson; parents Cora and Charles Dodge; sisters Iris Henton and Joan Simpson; and brothers Russell, Vance, Chub, Victor and Ford Dodge. She is survived by: daughter Lyn Dodge Johnson and son-in-law Robert Hermann of Houston; grandchildren Kelly, Brenna, Richard and Edana Hermann; sister Billie L. Dodge of Tulsa; nieces Ann Johnson Hyden of Los Angeles, Betty Jones of Tulsa, Annette Simpson of Corpus Christi, Sandra Craven of Nowata, Okla., and Suzanne Adams of Owasso, Okla.; and nephew William Dodge Simpson of Shawnee, Okla. She is also survived by many great, caring friends in Springfield. .

Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel with Dr. Gary Martindale officiating. Burial services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park Cemetery, Nowata, Okla. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2446 E. Madrid, Springfield, MO 65804. Published 10/24/04 .