Johnston, Barbara

Written by David Green.

Barbara Jean Johnston, 82, of Morenci, died Oct. 2, 2007, in Madison Township.

She was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Adrian, the daughter of Norman and Uva (Ash) Myers. She married Virgil J. Johnston on July 8, 1946, in Monroeville, Ind., and he preceded her in death, Sept. 7, 1986.

Barbara was a homemaker who lived all her life in the Morenci area. She graduated from Sand Creek High School in 1943. She attended the Morenci United Methodist Church and was a life member of the Morenci Eagles.

Barbara is survived by three sons, Norm (and Angie) Johnston of Surfside, S.C., Jim (and Diane) Johnston of Macomb, Mich., and Larry (and Debbie) Johnston of Wauseon, Ohio; six grandchildren, Brandon (and Cindy) Johnston, Jeremy Johnston, Chris (and JoDee) Johnston, Lindsay (and Steve) Klein, Jenny (and Charlie) Bryan, and Justine Johnston, Jessica and Christine Schuette; three great-grandchildren, Cooper and Sutton Johnston and Cooper Bryan; and a sister, Betty Ayers of Adrian.

Besides her husband, Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Danny Patterson.

Funeral services are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Rich Burstall officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morenci American Legion to support a representative for Boys’ or Girls’ State.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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