She was born June 21, 1918, in Parsons to William and Anna (Showalter) House. She graduated from Parsons High School and Parsons Junior College. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pittsburg State University.
For nine years she taught in the rural schools of Neosho and Labette counties and served as president of the Labette County Teachers Association. She taught second grade at Washington School in Parsons for 10 years and served as president of the Parsons City Teachers Association. For 24 years she taught second grade at the Eisenhower School at Fort Leavenworth and served as president of the Fort Leavenworth Education Association. She retired in May 1987.
For several years following her retirement she was a volunteer teacher in the English as a Second Language program for the international children attending school in Leavenworth.
She was an active member and held various offices in Chapter AD, P.E.O., Beta Beta and Chi Chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Leavenworth Area Retired Teacher’s Association. She was a lifelong member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Parsons and attended the First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth.
She enjoyed playing bridge, reading and keeping in touch with friends and relatives by telephone, letters and visits.
On April 21, 1946, she married Paul J. Johnston in Parsons. He preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 2001. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Louthan.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Jean Johnston of Parsons; nephews and nieces by marriage, Joy Marie Hillegass of Morris, Ill., Bill Johnston, Pat Johnston, Sue O’Brien, all of Parsons, Mike Johnston, Sister Patrice Joyce, both of Wichita, Johnny Johnston of Nashville, Ill., Pat Collins of Springfield, Mo., and the Rev. Randall Joyce of Detroit; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Davis Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth with visitation for one hour before the service. Following the service she will be brought to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons, where a visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Private burial will be on Thursday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Parsons. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Leavenworth.
Carson-Wall Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.
Donald J. Martin
OSWEGO — Donald J. Martin, 78, of Oswego died at 9:10 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2010, at the Oswego Nursing and Rehab Center.
He was born Aug. 19, 1931, at Columbus to Clovis and Pearl (Watkins) Martin. He grew up and attended school in Crestline. He was employed at the Bartlett Co-op in Bartlett.
He married Donna Evans on Aug. 31, 1957, at Miami, Okla. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Ricky Dean Martin of Iola; a daughter, Cynthia Martin of Parsons; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, Charles Martin of Baxter Springs; and a half-brother, Ralph Martin of Quartzite, Ariz.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bartlett Christian Church. The family will hold private committal services at Lake Creek Cemetery at a future date.
Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa is in charge arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.