|Doris Louisa Speake Johnson
Doris Louisa (Speake) Johnston
November 23, 1921 - November 18, 2017
Doris Louisa (Speake) Johnston was born November 23, 1921, to Ruth Bussard Speake and
Thomas Paul Speake, in Washington, DC. She had one older brother, Thomas Stanley, who
predeceased her. She attended school there, graduating from McKinley High in 1939. She
first attended William and Mary University, and later graduated with a degree in chemistry from
She went to work for Esso (now Exxon) in New Jersey, where she met her future and only
husband, Robert K. Johnson, as they worked together there developing additives for fuels for
tanks and airplanes for the War Effort. They married June 2, 1945, and lived in Elizabeth, New
Jersey, and later in Lake Hiawatha. After moving to Memphis, they were blessed with their first
born--Lucinda, in 1947. They moved to Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago. Michael Paul was
born in 1949, Ray Thomas in 1951, and Carl Robert in 1955; the family moved to San Antonio
in 1956, where Doris lived until 2015. She and Bob divorced in 1976. The family attended the
Methodist Church there, and Doris was involved in Cub Scouts, the Democratic Party, local
politics, and a variety of other organizations.
When the children were older, she began teaching high school math and chemistry in 1989 for
10 years, mostly in Castroville, Texas.
Oldest son Mike was killed in 1976, Carl resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Melissa. Ray
lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with wife Jenny, and Lucy still lives in San Antonio with husband
Milton "Butch" Alvis.
Doris enjoyed pets, music, and sewing for her children. She taught piano lessons in her home
and played violin with the San Antonio Community Symphony for many years. She traveled the
world with Bob, including Japan, USSR, Germany, and others
A graveside service will be conducted by her family on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM
at Mission Burial Park- North in San Antonio, TX. She will be greatly missed by those who knew
her well and loved her.
Arrangements are pending under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors,
located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas.