Dorothy Elaine Johnson O’Connor was born Oct. 30, 1932, on a farm near Centerville, Iowa, one of 14 children of Anthony and Ella Mae Wakefield Johnson.
Dorothy graduated from Centerville High School and moved to the Mississippi River town of Davenport, Iowa, in the late 1950s. She met Patrick O’Connor of Rock Island, Illinois, and married him in 1966 in Key West, Florida. She lived in Rock Island from marriage until retirement from Rodeway Transportation in 1990. Patrick died in 1974.