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NAOMI ARLENE McALEXANDER JOHNSTON

NAOMI ARLENE JOHNSTON WAS BORN AUGUST 29, 1926 AT PERCIVAL, IOWA, THE LONE GIRL AMONG SIX CHILDREN BORN TO RILEY FLETCHER AND ORA ELEANOR PADDOCK McALEXANDER.

IN 1941, SHE MOVED WITH HER PARENTS TO BEACONSFIELD, IOWA WHERE SHE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN 1943. SHE ATTENDED CCCC BUSINESS COLLEGE IN DES MOINES. NAOMI WORKED AT FITCHES SHAMPOO COMPANY WHERE SHE PLAYED BASKETBALL ON THEIR TEAM.

ON MAY 31, 1947, SHE MARRIED DON ELLIS JOHNSTON. THEY MADE THEIR HOME ON A FARM NORTH OF DON’S PARENTS. IN 1958, DON AND NAOMI MOVED TO PORTLAND, OR. AND SPENT A COUPLE YEARS THERE BEFORE MOVING BACK TO THE FARM IN IOWA. IN 1962 THEY MOVED TO THE FARM THEY NOW RESIDE ON.

NAOMI WAS ACTIVE IN THE BEACONSFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND SPENT MANY YEARS AS KINDERGARTEN SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER, TEACHING MANY OF HER NIECES AND NEPHEWS. IF THERE WAS A NEED IN THE COMMUNITY, NAOMI WAS THERE. HER NIECES AND NEPHEWS ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO THE PLATE OF COOKIES THAT NAOMI BAKED FOR THEM ON THEIR BIRTHDAYS.  DON AND NAOMI SPENT MANY HAPPY HOURS TOGETHER ON THE LAKE. THEY CELEBRATED THEIR 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY IN MAY OF 2007. NAOMI PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 16, 2008.

SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER PARENTS; SISTERS-IN-LAW, MARJORIE McALEXANDER AND LA VARA McALEXANDER AND HER PARENTS-IN-LAWS, VAUGHN AND MILDRED JOHNSTON.

THOSE LEFT TO CHERISH HER MEMORY AR HER DEVOTED HUSBAND, DON JOHNSTON OF BEACONSFIELD, IOWA; FIVE BROTHERS, CARL McALEXANDER OF MESA, AZ.; ROBERT McALEXANDER OF PLANO, TX.; EUGENE McALEXANDER AND HIS WIFE ESTHER  OF BEACONSFIELD, IOWA; KENNETH McALEXANDER AND HIS WIFE VIRGINIA OF BEACONSFIELD, IOWA; AND DALE McALEXANDER AND HIS WIFE JOY OF HUMESTON, IOWA; SISTER-IN-LAW, BETTY OXENREIDER OF CRESTON, IOWA; BROTHER-IN-LAW, GENE JOHNSTON AND WIFE NANCY OF HERMAN, MO. AND NIECES AND NEPHEWS.

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2008, AT THE WILSON-WATSON & ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME IN MOUNT AYR WITH REV. RICK HAWKINS OFFICIATING. MUSIC WAS PROVIDED BY JUSTIN AKERS.

CASKET BEARERS WERE JERRY McALEXANDER, LARRY McALEXANDER, JIM McALEXANDER, EARL McALEXANDER, ELDON McALEXANDER, GREG McALEXANDER AND DAN VAN HORN.

HONORARY PALLBEARERS WERE NAOMI’S NIECES AND NEPHEWS.

NAOMI WAS LAID TO REST IN THE ELLSTON CEMETERY AT ELLSTON, IOWA.

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