Carol Lee (Miller) Johnston and George Stanley Johnston, Jr
Carol Lee (Miller) Johnston and George Stanley Johnston, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 19, 2015. Carol died at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby and George died at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. She was 75 and he was 77 and though their deaths were tragic and unexpected, their love was inseparable.
Carol was born December 22, 1939 in Holmes County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Edith (Kreger) and Earl Miller. She was a graduate of Ontario High School and was proud to attend a year at The Ohio State University before meeting her love, George. She loved to shop, care for her plants, sew and was an excellent homemaker.
George was born August 18, 1938 in Willard, Ohio, the son of the late Edna (Van Buren) and George Stanley Johnston, Sr. He was a graduate of Greenwich High School. He grew up on a farm and always had a passion for it. George started his career at the Shelby Sales Book where he retired after 47 years. He was a well-known jokester and prankster, especially at work and with family and friends. George liked to work on any type of project, whether it was his own or for someone in his family, and enjoyed having any and all Craftsman tools to help him complete them.
On November 21, 1959, George and Carol were married and spent 56 wonderful years together. They did everything together spending very little time apart. They loved to travel having been to all 50 states. They were members of the Honda Goldwing Club, Chapter B, and traveled to all but three states on their motorcycle. Carol and George loved the outdoors especially going to the lake and watching for birds, specifically finding eagle’s nests. They were members of Calvary Baptist Church where Carol had taught Sunday school for many years.
They loved to spend time with their family whenever possible. Surviving are: 3 daughters: Sherri (Gene) Gowitzka of Shelby, Shelly Poole of Rutherfordton, NC, and Stefanie (Robert) Green of Crestline; 24 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; Carol’s sister: Shirley (Dick) Carpenter of Shelby; George’s brother: Royce (Janet) Johnston of Greenwich; Carol’s 2 aunts: Helen Graham and Erma Ammons; and several other relatives and friends.
In addition to both of their parent’s, George and Carol were preceded in death by: 2 sons-in-law, Jacque Poole and Charles Steele; Carol’s sister: Patty (John) Gates; and George’s siblings: Cindy Johnston, Shirley (Dick) Crist, and three infants.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, December 27, 2015 from 3-6 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Calvary Baptist Church, 21 Washington Street, Shelby, with Pastor Steve Schag officiating. Burial will follow in Little London Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church for the benefit of their various missions programs.
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