Ringgold Record, 1886
DIED:--Mrs. Phoebe JOHNSTON, of Liberty township, on Saturday, April 10, 1886, in her 54 year.
The suddenness of her death
adds a melancholy interest to the sad incident. She and her husband Capt. A. JOHNSTON, had gone to the [Johnston] cemetery on their farm, and
were clearing it off. They were working on opposite sides of the knoll on which the cemetery is situated, he cutting some trees and
she fixing the graves. He injured his hand, and went to have her tie it up. Upon arriving at the place she was working, he found her
lying motionless, and upon further examination he was horrified to find that life was extinct. The cause was thought to be
paralysis of the heart. Quiet a number went from Mt. Ayr to witness the last sad rites. She sleeps within a few feet of the spot where
she breathed her last.
She was born in Knox county, Ohio, in 1833 (sic, should be October 24, 1832), and married to Mr.
JOHNSTON in 1855. They came to Ringgold county in 1856. She joined the Baptist church when about sixteen years of age. She united with the
M.E. church after coming to this county. She was a noble woman, a true helpmeet (sic) and a fond mother. Her devotion to her
family was remarked by all who knew her, and the community loses one of its brightest lights. Beside her husband there are three
children, (all grown) and a brother, Mr. Job RUSH, to mourn her. To them it is an irreparable loss.
NOTE: Phoebe (RUSH) JOHNSTON died on April 17, 1886 with interment at Johnston Cemetery near Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa. Her
husband, Capt. Andrew JOHNSTON was born on February 11, 1829, and died on December 19, 1917. He was interred at Johnston
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