Frances Johnston


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Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 6:10 pm
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Frances D. Johnston, 94, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at her home.
Funeral services celebrating her life will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Lou Zuck will officiate. Burial will be at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation for Frances will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, where an Order of the Eastern Star Service will take place at 6:45. Memorials may be left to the Frances Johnston Memorial Fund.
Frances was born on Oct. 9, 1918, in Kewanee, the daughter of William and Florence Blair Doy. She was a 1936 graduate of Kewanee High School and was united in marriage to Vinton W. Johnston on Dec. 13, 1945, in Geneseo. He preceded her in 1988.
Frances farmed alongside her husband, Vinton, in Ulah for many years. She also worked for many years at the Peoples National Bank in Cambridge, as well as at The Moline Trust and Savings Bank, The Henry County Treasurers Office and the Henry County A.S.C.S. Office in Cambridge.
She belonged to Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo and previously Cambridge United Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Women of the Moose, Rebecca's and Order of the Eastern Star of which she was very active in the Cambridge and Geneseo Chapters having served as Past Matron of Honor. She was a past 15th District President of the American Legion Auxiliary and, where for many years, Frances could be seen selling poppies on Poppy Day for the Veterans and President of the 40 & 8.
Frances had been a longtime supporter of the Henry County Fair and was recently named a "Friend of the Fair." She enjoyed her many friends, dancing, puzzles, bowling, indoor and outdoor gardening, flowers, sewing and scrapbooking.
Survivors include two sons, William H. (Cheryl) Johnston, Cambridge, and Donald E. (Denise) Johnston, Colona; four grandchildren, Abby Mooney, Allison (Tim) Maguire, Angela (Brett) Mather and Shawn Johnston; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn (Ron) Stevens, Prescott, Ariz.; and 13 nieces and nephews.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers and their spouses, Howard (Dorothy) Doy and Robert (Rosella) Doy; and a niece.
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