2015-04-16 / Obituaries


Elaine Marie Johnson Dodd, 99, daughter of Ebba (Abbie) and Ernest Johnson, died April 7, 2015 of natural causes.

Elaine was born on March 17, 1916 in Haxtun, Colo.

She is survived by her daughter Kathleen Osgood and husband Dr. Alan Osgood of Huntington Beach; their children, Alexander Osgood, Alexis Osgood, Annie Marie Osgood; sonin law John Conney, of Clark Mills, N.Y.; and daughter Jacqueline Meriam and her husband, Kenneth T. Meriam, of Mariposa; their daughters, Alice Elaine Angello, and her husband Robert Angello, of Williamsburg, Va.; and Emily Meriam and her husband Gary Miltimore, of Mariposa.

For the last nine years Elaine, was able to enjoy her five great-grandchildren Cailin Agnello, Ethan Agnello, Bodhi Khampasri, Harmony Miltimore and Lily Miltimore.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Ebba and Ernest Johnson, her brother, Kenneth Johnson, sister, Lucille Johnson Kratzenstein, her daughter Dianne Elaine Conney, and former husband Edward Cecil “Jack” Dodd.

Although her parents grew up in a sod house in Gothenburg, Neb., Elaine grew up on the Fredrick Lindberg farm northwest of Gothenburg in Lincoln County, Neb. Primary school was a one-room schoolhouse, where she often rode her horse to school. She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1933 and wanted to attend nursing school in Lincoln, but it was the Depression and there was no money for schooling.

She was united in marriage to “Jack” Dodd, a member of the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, in 1939. Her life was a series of military moves until the family settled in Riverside.

Elaine worked for more than 33 years as a dental assistant and medical secretary. She retired and moved to Oceanside. She volunteered more than 1,000 hours of service for the Ecumenical Service Center. She was a Deacon for the Presbyterian Church of Oceanside. In 1999 she moved to Mariposa to be closer to her daughter’s family. She continued her volunteer service for Manna House, Read to Succeed Literacy Program and in the Seniors Participating in Community Education Program.

Elaine made the best Sunday dinners of fried chicken and a delicious apple pie. She was a gardener at heart and won numerous awards for her African violets in Oceanside.

She will be missed by all who knew her generous spirit and loving heart.

Services will be private.

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