January 16, 2008
OBITUARY - NAOMI ARLENE JOHNSTON
Naomi Arlene JOHNSTON was born August 29, 1926 at Percival, Iowa, the lone girl among six children born to Riley Fletcher
and Ora Eleanor (PADDOCK) McALEXANDER.
In 1941, she moved with her parents to Beaconsfield, IA where she graduated from
high school in 1943. She attended CCCC Business College in Des Moines. Naomi worked at Fitches Shampoo Company where she
played basketball on their team.
On May 31, 1947, she married Don Ellis JOHNSTON. They made their home on a farm north
of Donís parents. In 1958, Don & Naomi moved to Portland, Oregon and spent a couple of years there before moving back to
the farm in Iowa. In 1962, they moved to the farm they now reside on.
Naomi was active in the Beaconsfield United
Methodist Church and spent many years as kindergarten Sunday school teacher, teaching many of her nieces and nephews.
If there was a need in the community, Naomi was there. Her nieces and nephews always looked forward to the plate of
cookies that Naomi baked for them on their birthdays. Don & Naomi spent many happy hours together on the lake. They
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May of 2007. Naomi passed away on January 16, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters-in-law Marjorie McALEXANDER and LaVara McALEXANDER; and her
parents-in-law Vaughn & Mildred JOHNSTON.
Those left to cherish her memory are her devoted husband Don JOHNSTON of
Beaconsfield; five brothers Carl McALEXANDER of Mesa, AZ, Robert McALEXANDER of Plano, TX, Eugene McALEXANDER & his wife
Esther of Beaconsfield, Kenneth McALEXANDER & his wife Virginia of Beaconsfield, and Dale McALEXANDER & his wife Joy of
Humeston, IA; sister-in-law Betty OXENREIDER of Creston; brother-in-law Gene JOHNSTON & his wife Nancy of Herman, MO;
nieces, nephews, and many friends.
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