DECATUR -- Betty Lou (Rose) Johnston, 93, of Decatur, IL, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Imboden Creek Living Center, Decatur.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 10, 2018, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL, with visitation one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, in Valhalla section.
Memorials may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Betty was born January 19, 1925 in Litchfield, IL, the daughter of Elmer Leroy and Agnes (White) Rose. She married William George Johnston on January 30, 1944 in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, IL. Bill preceded her in death on August 12, 1982.
Betty moved to Decatur, IL in 1933 and attended Washington, Johns Hill and graduated in mid-year of 1943 from Decatur High School. She worked at J.C. Penney while in high school and after graduation at Wabash Credit Union. She then stayed home to raise her family for many years, and later returned to work at Bachrach Corporate Office part time for 18 years before retiring.
Betty was a life long member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church until it closed in 2002. She then joined First Congregational United Church of Christ in 2002. Betty enjoyed bowling in leagues for 50 years working on 6 reunions for her High School Class and kept records of classmates for many years. She enjoyed reading, sending cards to family and friends, and especially watching her grandson’s sports and being a part of their lives as they have grown up.
Betty is survived by her daughters Barbara Ann Johnston Wildy (Tom) and Linda Kay Johnston Connelly (Stephen); grandsons Jared William Grandon (Dru), Brett Kyle Grandon (Meghan), Ryan Thomas Wildy; great grandchildren Sophia Grandon, Hannah Grandon, Jordyn Grandon, William Grandon.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, sisters Doris Maxine Rose Kopetz, Lois Virginia Rose Drake, and infant brother Robert Dale Rose; brothers-in-law Dale Drake, Robert Kopetz; sister-in-law Marianna Johnston Fitzgerald and husband Everett Fitzgerald; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com