Dorothy Ann Johnson (Burton) Timmons

Dorothy Ann Timmons
Dorothy Ann Timmons

Dorothy Ann Johnson (Burton) Timmons, 94, of Amarillo, TX passed away July 17, 2023.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 24, 2023 at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 S. Harrison. Interment will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Dorothy Ann Johnson Timmons was born February 4th, 1929, to Orville Leroy (O.L.) and Peggy Frances Strange Johnson in Bloomington, Indiana.  She moved with her parents and sisters as a young girl to Oklahoma, to Dallas briefly, to Amarillo, to Pampa for one year, and then to Amarillo, where she attended elementary school, Nixson Junior High, and Amarillo High School, where she sang in the Acappella Choir and graduated at the young age of 17 in 1946.

As a young girl she sang often around Amarillo and at Tony’s Tavern in Red River, NM with her sisters Barbara and Sue.  Their mother had taught them from an early age to sing popular and sacred music in beautiful, 3-part harmony.  They were known as “The Johnson Girls” and regularly sang “Sentimental Journey”.

Dorothy studied music at Amarillo Junior College for 2 years and then finished her college degree in Elementary Music Education with a Concentration in Voice at North Texas State University (UNT), graduating in 1950.

Dorothy taught briefly in Dumas and in Lubbock and then settled into teaching elementary music, math, and science for Amarillo Independent School District at Olson Park Elementary in the 1960s and at Southlawn Elementary 1975-1985, when she retired.  Although her hearing loss forced her to retire sooner than she had planned, she continued using her gifts for loving and teaching children by becoming a volunteer at The Speech and Hearing Center and later at Belmar Elementary with the REPD program for hearing-impaired preschoolers entering AISD schools.  She took many hours of ASL and MSS sign language classes to help her in her volunteer teachers’ assistant position.

In 1996 she became one of the first Amarillo recipients of a cochlear implant.  This was a life-changing operation and allowed Dorothy to regain much hearing and therefore do many things she had given up in years prior.

Dorothy grew up actively attending Polk Street Methodist Church with her family, and later, as a young adult was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Dumas and became a charter member of St. Paul Methodist Church in Amarillo.  In 1966 she along with her children, Debby, David, Alan, and Timmy, began attending First Presbyterian Church.  Dear common friends introduced her to the love of her life, Richard Eli (Dick) Timmons, who she shared 41derful years of marriage with until his passing in 2007.  Together they were life-long members of First Presbyterian Church, where she became the founding director of the handbell choirs, including St. Stephen’s Guild Bell Choir (high school), Bell Chorale (junior high), Joy Choir (3rd-5th grades), Ladies Handbell Choir, and NUFF Bells (seniors).  She played piano and lead singing for children’s Sunday School classes, Vacation Bible Schools, directed numerous children’s choirs, including Cherub Choir (3-5 years), Angelus Choir (1st-3rd grades), and Carol Choir (4th-6th grades).

In 1979 Dorothy toured Scotland and London with the First Presbyterian Church Youth Choir and St. Stephen’s Guild Bell Choir, where she directed numerous performances and led worship services with the handbell choir, as Richard Kidwell directed the youth choir. In 1981 she again toured with the church’s youth choir, directing St. Stephen’s Guild Bell Choir in Switzerland and Germany.  She even prepared and memorized introductory speeches in German and in French, which she presented at each performance and worship service on this tour.

Dorothy is remembered for singing, “O Holy Night” for all Christmas Eve worship services at First Presbyterian Church for many years and especially for being the very best mother and mamaw!

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, O.L. and Peggy Johnson, her sisters, Barbara Raburn and Sue Mims, her husband Dick Timmons, two sons, Alan Timmons and Timmy Timmons, and a granddaughter, Samantha Timmons Dodt.

She is survived by her sister, Sondra Childers of Austin, her son, David Burton and wife Debbie of Amarillo, two daughters, Debby Branigan and husband Rick of Amarillo, and Mary Ferguson and husband Clay of Amarillo.  She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Leslie McGill (Joe), Rodney Branigan (Lisa), Lisa Flowers (Dustin), Ryan Branigan (Angela), Nathan Burton, Sarah Cline (Matt), Krystal Calderon (Marcus), Luke Ferguson (Stacy), Matthew Ferguson, Meagan Ferguson and especially dear friend Cody Dye, and a grandson-in-law Dave Dodt.  Great grandchildren are Braden, Cameron, Carter Layne, Mia, Ava, Emma, Chloe, Daisy, Jacob, Finley, Kennedy, Carter Rose, Jasmine, Trey, Kinsey, Eason and Cohen; and her three great great grandchildren are Brett John, William Elijah, and Naomi Elise.  Dorothy is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews who all loved her dearly.

The family suggests memorials to First Presbyterian Church Music Ministries.

12 Replies to “Dorothy Ann Johnson (Burton) Timmons”

  1. Mary, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mother was a beautiful lady inside and out. I loved seeing her at Denise’s when our appointments would overlap. She was always smiling and brightened the room. I know she will be missed by your sweet family. May God’s peace be with you all.

  2. I am greatly blessed to have had Dorothy in my life. She was my music teacher and homeroom teacher at Olsen Park. She taught me how to play the handbells at First Presbyterian Church when I was in high school. She was a very special part of every Christmas Eve service at FPC. Then she became my dear friend when we were in Presbyterian Women and went to MoRanch together. Over the years I was blessed to know Dorothy, Dick and many in the family. With her beautiful smile, her loving demeanor and her amazing voice, she used her God-given talents to make the world a nicer place filled with beautiful music. I can’t wait to see her and hear her sing again when we reunite in heaven.

  3. Mrs. Timmons was my music teacher at Olsen Park Elementary. We loved her! She taught us those wonderful patriotic songs –The Star Spangled Banner, My Country ‘Tis of Thee, America the Beautiful and This Land is Your Land. I always think of her when I hear them! She will be forever in our hearts.

  4. Debby, we are praying for peace and comfort for you and all the family. Your Mom was always so Sweet and kind…Much Love

  5. My husband Terry and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Timmons and Johnson families. I can only imagine the void, yet beautiful fragrance she has left on this earth!

    I remember going to Amarillo Texas with my parents as a child. One of my most impressive highlights was staying in our cousin, Dorothy Timmons home. All I can remember is her classy essence, beautiful smile and the sweetest demeanor while hosting us.

    I never forget when her sisters, Sue and Barbara, who visited us in Indiana. One of the requirements was to sing “I Didn’t Know the Gun was Loaded” in our living room.
    I was so very impressed that I decided then and there I will be on broadway when I grew up! But then to find out there was another amazing sister as beautiful and talented as Dorothy that existed? Wow! I took them all on as my secret, far away mentors, little did they know!
    My mom Marie, loved Dorothy and her sisters and was so delighted when ever she could be with them.

    Terry and I are greatly sorrowed we are unable to attend Dorothy’s memorial to honor her amazing life. However, in heaven, I shall ask the Lord to lead me to her in Glory, knock on her door, or perhaps simply walk through the door, grab my bucket and wash her feet!

    Blessings of comfort to you all!

  6. She was such a sweet lady. I enjoyed getting to know her at all your Western Plateau concerts. I could tell she loved being able to support you.

  7. My wife, Linda and I, offer our condolences to the Timmons family in the passing of my cousin Dorothy Timmons. While I did not know Dorothy except through my parents, our prayer is that the comfort of the spirit of our Lord will surround the entire immediate and extended family in this tender time.

    My parents loved and enjoyed rich fellowship over the years with Dorothy and her family as well as her sisters and their families. Both of my parents loved and treasured the times they spent with all of you.

    God bless you as you weep, laugh, remember and celebrate a life well lived, encouraged by the promise of meeting again.

  8. What a wonderful mother, mamaw; and a beautiful, talented, giving lady! Where did she find all that energy? I was so blessed to call her my sweet Momma! I’m sure she is singing away with her new voice in the Heavenly Choir now.

    1. Mary- she was a joy! Enjoyed time with your mom and have happy memories of your house. Bless you, friend.

    2. I am sure she is Mary! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family! I loved your Mom!

  9. I loved seeing Dorothy every 6 months and being able to visit with her while cleaning her teeth for the last 36 years . She was such a beautiful person inside and out .. She was one of my favorite patients….I am going to miss her…

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