OBITUARY – MARTHA JANE (YOUNG) JOHNSTON
Martha Jane JOHNSTON, daughter of William H. and Nervesta (EDWARDS) YOUNG, was born near Grand River, Iowa on October 27,
1890 and died at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on February 13, 1984, at the age of 93 years, three months and 15
Martha was born and raised on a farm in Richland Township in Decatur County, Iowa which was in part homesteaded by
her great-grandfather and owned by her at the time of her death. On her passing, this farm was handed down to the fifth
generation of her family.
On November 22, 1911, she was united in marriage to
Horace A. JOHNSTON in the farm home of her parents and they were privileged to
have celebrated their
67th wedding anniversary before Horace’s death in June, 1979. To
this union six children were born, four of whom survive.
As long as her health permitted, Martha was a hard working and
devoted homemaker, mother, grandmother, neighbor, and friend. She was always quick to express her gratitude for what
anyone did for her and was always willing to share what she had with others.
Since November, 1977, Martha has been a
resident of the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr where she received loving care by the staff and other residents. She
appreciated the visits of her family, other relatives and friends.
Martha was a member of the Methodist Church, Order of
the Eastern Star, and Rebekahs. Preceding her in death were her parents; her sisters: Luella BRAMON, Nora GILREATH, and
Carrie MENDENHALL; a brother, Fred YOUNG, an infant son and daughter [who were interred at Young Cemetery near Grand River,
Decatur County, Iowa].
She is survived by four sons: Robert L. JOHNSTON of Mesa, Arizona; Richard Y. JOHNSTON of
Colorado Springs, Colorado; Thomas T. JOHNSTON of Fort Madison, Iowa; and William E. JOHNSTON of Bedford, Iowa, and their
wives. Also surviving are six grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Your sweet smile will be sadly missed
Also your loving sharing ways.
They will be recalled by many
And Cherished in the coming days.
Eager to meet each visitor
Repeating again and again
“Thank you for what you brought
And thank you for coming in.”
Now your earthly cares are over
Joyfully you are heavenward bound
To do what you have missed so much
Of following your man around.
- Written by a friend, Bessie PERRY
Funeral services were held February 16, 1984, from Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Officiating was Rev. Ed
KAIL. Music was provided by Mike GREENE and Mrs. Lynn RINEHART. Casket bearers were Andy JOHNSTON, Ted JOHNSTON, Mike
JOHNSTON, Chet YOUNG, Percy GILREATH, and Bill MENDENHALL. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.
SOURCE: genealogical clippings of Norma G. (FOLAND) BECKER from Mount Ayr Record-News
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, 2007
Photograph courtesy of Mrs. Andy (Joyce) JOHNSTON
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