Dorothy M. Baker Johnson, 90, of Nampa passed away November 9, 2022, at West Valley Medical Center, Caldwell, Idaho with her family by her side. Born May 14, 1932, in Woodward, Oklahoma to the parents of John and Lillie Ann Peterson. Being one of nine children Dorothy spent her younger years helping around the farm. She later moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, where she finished high school, then graduated with the class of 1950. Later she met Phillip Baker, and they married in 1952. A daughter Sandra and three sons, Randy, Danny and Marty soon followed. In 1965 the family moved to San Jose, California. In 1967 Phillip and Dorothy had purchased an Arctic Circle in Nampa, Idaho and moved again. Sponsoring and playing on a bowling team became something she enjoyed. It was about that time that she was a co-founder of the Idaho Chapter of A.B.W.A. in which she participated until recently, receiving three “Woman of the Year” Awards.
Dorothy divorced in 1973. In 1974 Dorothy married Dave Johnson of Caldwell, Idaho. Together they traveled extensively on the motorcycle, Dave’s private plane or car. Dave’s work occasionally required traveling to other countries meeting new friends along the way. A business trip to Denmark forged a new friendship with the Fonnested family. The three girls, Megan, Karen and Britt all came to the U.S. as exchange students. Dorothy was often in touch with Britt and a phone call twice a month wasn’t uncommon. There was a special bond. Dorothy moved back out to the Marsing area and then on to Nampa following the death of Dave in 1984. In 2005 she joined the Women’s Century Club and was an active member up until her death. She was a beautiful wife, friend and mother that would always be willing to help others. Always smiling she had a “Glow” about her that made it easy to make new friends. She really loved having all the grand kids over whether it was swimming at her pool by the river and BBQ’s through out the summer. One particular time that was special to her is when Jan and Larry Baker would visit and bring the whole family up to date on what’s new with the Baker’s as well as updating the adults on the latest wines while showing off Larry’s steak cooking skills!
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents along with her brothers Homer, Clarence and Joe Peterson and sisters, Vi, Olli, Vera, and Vertabell and her daughter Sandra Trujillo, ex husband Phil Baker of Nampa.
She is survived by her three sons, Randy, Dan and Marty Baker of Nampa; three stepchildren, Mike Johnson of Weiser, Sherry Johnson of Meridian and Connie (Bruce) Freckleton of Meridian; and her sister Mary White of Nampa; Grandchildren, Eric (Tashia), Shantell (Darek), Nattalie, Jamie, Daniel, Jr., Justin, Brandee and Jonathan, Jr.; Great grandchildren, Peytin, Teagan, Lily, Delilah, Darek, Jr., Leila, Kiyah, Karter, Kammeron, Braden, Ellijah, Gabriel, Joey, Michael, Tennisen, Emmit, Kennedee, along with one great great grandchild Charlotte and several nieces and nephews.
The Baker family, and sister Mary White want to extend a Special Thank You for the compassionate care extended to the nursing staff (2nd floor) West Valley Hospital and Treasure Valley Hospice
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, November 21, 2022, at the Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel. A viewing will be held prior to the services from 11:00 A.M. to Noon. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. An online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com