Juanita Johnston

Juanita Johnston, 73 years, 7 months, 12 days old, passed away on Nov. 19, 2016, at her home with her family by her side after a long battle with cancer.

Juanita was born April 7, 1943 in Douglas County, Mo., to William Orley and Laura Olivia (Bellinger) Brazeal.

Juanita worked as an LPN at St. John’s Hospital for many years.  Later she worked on a dairy farm so she could be closer to her family.

On June 26, 1980, Juanita and  Thomas Junior Johnston were united in marriage.

Juanita enjoyed gardening, going to garage sales and buying antiques.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her famlily.

Juanita was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Shirley Brazeal and Sarah Boles; eight brothers, Paul Brazeal, Milton Brazeal, Maurice Elton Ray Brazeal, William Brazeal, Vernon Brazeal, Ernest Brazeal, Joe Brazeal and LZ Brazeal.

Juanita is survived by two daughters, Beverly JoAnn Arvin, and Anita Rae-Ann Bardwell; one son, Thomas J. Johnston II; eight grandchildren, Kelsey Johnston, Samuel Johnston, Jaxon Johnston, Jase Johnston, Kaylee Bardwell, Matthew Bardwell, Kaleb Bardwell and Brian VanOverberg; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Juanita will be Saturday Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, Mo. Visitation will be Friday from 6-7 p.m. in the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Dennis Cemetery in Mansfield, Mo. Officiating will be Pastor Ray Brazeal.  Memorials may be made to Dennis Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.