---- — Marjorie A. Johnston, 88, of Benton, passed away 5:05 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor.
She was born in Ashley on Oct. 17, 1924, the daughter of Burrel and Iva Jane (Martel) Ferguson. She married Ewing Johnston on Jan. 12, 1946, and he survives.
Mrs. Johnston was a member of the former Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in West City and attended First Church of God in Benton. Mrs. Johnston first and foremost loved the Lord, he was a great source of comfort to her throughout her life. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She led an inspiring life of faith and kindness toward others and has left that legacy for her family.
Mrs. Johnston is survived by her husband, Ewing Johnston of Benton; daughter, Karen Wayman and husband John of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Kelly Oreskovic and husband Bob of Washington, Mo., Michelle Autry and husband Dan of O’Fallon, Mo., Michael Franklin and wife Heather of O’Fallon and Millie Deadmond and husband Adam of Mt. Vernon; great-grandchildren, Emma Kotowski, Chloe Clark, Kaylee Franklin, Katie Oreskovic, Drake Autry, Nathan Oreskovic, Jake Franklin, Dakota Autry and Kalissa Deadmond.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Benjamin Allen Johnston; daughter, Patricia Lynn Franklin; two brothers, Raymond and Albert Ferguson; and three sisters, Thelma Ferguson, Edith Clark and Della Boykin.
Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor John Neace officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.