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In Memory of

Dorothy Gayle Bello Johnson

September 29, 1928 - September 14, 2016

Obituary


Our wonderful and much-beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother slipped peacefully into eternity on September 14, 2016, surrounded by her children. Her passing occurred due to complications of a fall. She was preceded in death by her eternal companion, John "Jack" Johnson. We take comfort in knowing she was met with his warm embrace after a 22-month separation. Dorothy was born the youngest of four children in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 29, 1928, to Chester Louis and Mae Burris Bello. She spent an idyllic childhood on a farm in Magna, Utah, where her parents...

Our wonderful and much-beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother slipped peacefully into eternity on September 14, 2016, surrounded by her children. Her passing occurred due to complications of a fall. She was preceded in death by her eternal companion, John "Jack" Johnson. We take comfort in knowing she was met with his warm embrace after a 22-month separation. Dorothy was born the youngest of four children in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 29, 1928, to Chester Louis and Mae Burris Bello. She spent an idyllic childhood on a farm in Magna, Utah, where her parents instilled in her the importance of hard work and education. She would recount memories of her childhood so vibrantly we felt as if we were gathering eggs, riding horses, and organizing spring barn dances right along with her. Dorothy excelled in school, both academically and socially. Her favorite subjects were psychology, history, and anything to do with music! She was blessed with a beautiful singing voice, enjoyed performing with the Cyprus High School A Cappella Choir, and continued singing in duets and trios throughout her life. It was at Cyprus that she met Jack, her high school sweetheart. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on November 26, 1947. Dorothy and Jack settled in Holladay, Utah. They served faithfully in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and together raised five children and several dogs in a warm and loving home. You could often find our mom playing "White Christmas" by ear on the living room piano, dancing to big band music in the family room, or singing in the kitchen. Her special holiday traditions and trademark recipes of homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, peanut clusters, and divinity will be cherished forever. After raising her family, Dorothy returned to the University of Utah, where she sang with choral groups and graduated in 1984 with a degree in Family and Consumer Studies. She also completed a master's degree in Social Work, and touched many lives as a clinical social worker with LDS Social Services. Dorothy was a service missionary for 15 years at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City. As an expert on the history of the building, she often took guests on tours and had the opportunity to share her testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ with visitors from around the world. Affectionately nicknamed "Grandma Dode" by her grandchildren, Dorothy enjoyed being surrounded by her growing posterity at holiday celebrations and backyard get-togethers on warm summer evenings. She was a thoughtful and loving grandmother, remembering birthdays and sending care packages to family living out-of-state. Dorothy is survived by her five children: Gayle (Zen), Scott (Lisa), Susan (Lee), Nancy (David), and Jeff; 18 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren (with another great-granddaughter arriving in November). She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and beloved husband. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Winder Fifth Ward Chapel, 1361 East 4000 South in Salt Lake City. Friends may visit with family before the services from 10:30-11:45 AM.