Johnston, Emma

Written by David Green.

Emma Caroline Johnston, 84, of Adrian, Mich., died Friday, June 10, 2011, surrounded by her family. 

She was born Nov. 26, 1926, in Morenci, Mich., to William and Mamie (Powelke) Kruse. On Jan. 3, 1948, she married Willis Duane Johnston, in Seward, Ohio.

Emma was a member of the Fairfield Baptist Church. She dearly loved spending time with her family and putting on a family dinner for any occasion. In the summer she tended a garden and shared the bounty. Emma enjoyed quilting and gave many cherished quilts to her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles and traveling to see her family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Don (and Mei) Johnston of Urbana, Ill.; two daughters, Barb (and Mike) Deatrick of Tecumseh, Mich., and Shirley Johnston of Adrian; three brothers, John (and Jean) Kruse of Adrian, Carl (and Wanda) Kruse of Morenci and Junior (and Jane) Kruse of Morenci; two sisters, Marie Plummer of Kansas City, Mo., and Ellen Wilson of Morenci; five grandchildren, Luke Johnston, Matt (and Melanie) Johnston, Tammy Johnston, Monica (and Geoff) Volpe and Brandi (and Gary) Polmounter; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; four step-grandchildren, Butch (and Jana) Deatrick, Kris (and Frank) Verrier, Gunnar Deatrick and Peter Ho; and ten step-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Bessie Yenor and Louise Kruse.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Adrian Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home, with Pastor Stephen Boley officiating.  Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery.  Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fairfield Baptist Church.

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