Frances D. Johnston, 94, of Geneseo, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at her home. Funeral services celebrating her life were held Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Lou Zuck officiated. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. A visitation was held Monday, Jan. 14 at the Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services Ltd., where an Order of the Eastern Star service took place. Memorials may be left to the Frances Johnston Memorial Fund.
She 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. She married Vinton W. Johnston on Dec. 13, 1945, in Geneseo. He died in 1988. She 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 Treasurer's 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 for many years Frances could be seen selling poppies on Poppy Day for Veterans and President of the 40&8. She had been a longtime supporter of the Henry County Fair and was most 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 of Cambridge and Donald E. (Denise) Johnston of Colona; four grandchildren, Abby Mooney, Allison (Tim) Maguire, Angela (Brett) Mather and Shawn Johnston; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Marilyn (Ron) Stevens of Prescott, Ariz. and 13 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers and their spouses, Howard (Dorothy) Doy and and Robert (Rosella) Doy; and a niece.