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Doris Renz Johnson, 90, of Grand Junction, CO, died on March 31, 2017. Doris and her twin sister Dorothy "Dotte" Stolp were two of five children born in East Lansing, Michigan to William and Pearl Renz, all of whom have predeceased her. She passed away quietly in her sleep at the Mesa View retirement home. She is survived by son Norman (Wendy) Johnson and granddaughter, Annalaissa of Washington, DC; daughter Kimberly McGhee (Richard) of Eagle, CO; daughter Erin Johnson of Rico, CO; son Stewart (Mary) Johnson and granddaughters Danae and Raina (who just delivered a great-granddaughter, Juniper) of Stamford, VT; and her best friend, Ray Freeman of Grand Junction. Doris was a highly accomplished artist and designer. She graduated from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) with a bachelor's degree in art. She and Dotte moved to southern California where they achieved some celebrity as marketing models for a manufacturer of twin ovens. After Dotte's marriage, Doris worked in Beverly Hills sewing for many famous actresses in the late 1940s. She married Eugene Johnson in 1953 and moved to Cortez, CO, where they raised their four children. During this time her design skills flourished. She designed and made clothing and jewelry, she created a loom and produced some beautiful weavings, and she drew up plans for homes, a motel, and a church in Cortez. She also created many works of art--mosaics, stained glass, and carvings--for churches and businesses in the Cortez area. She moved to Telluride, CO in 1973, then to Flagstaff, AZ in 1979, and finally settled in Grand Junction in 1994. She loved being outdoors and spent a great deal of time four-wheeling and hiking throughout the great American southwest, collecting ideas for her next artistic creations. Her family and friends miss her very much and celebrate her life by treasuring her art. Interment will be in the Glendale Cemetery in Okemos, MI, next to her beloved twin sister.
Published in The Journal on Apr. 7, 2017
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