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ALICE MAE JOHNSTON

Funeral services for Alice Mae Johnston were held Monday, November 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. Interment was held in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Visitation will be at Cummings Funeral Home in Bedford on Sunday, November 10 from 2-4 p.m. Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Taylor County Museum or the UCPC Church. Memories can be shared with the family at www.cummingsfamilyfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Alice Mae (Jones) Johnston, oldest child of Owen Zell and Bessie (Taylor) Jones, was born September 21,1925, in Diagonal, IA, and died peacefully at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr on November 5, 2019, at the age of 94 years, one month and 15 days. Alice Mae attended country school and graduated from Diagonal High School in 1943. She attended AIB and worked at Younkers Tea Room after graduation.
On December 15, 1946, Alice Mae married William “Bill” Johnston at the Diagonal Methodist Church parsonage. A short time later, Bill and Alice Mae moved to Bedford, IA, where they put down roots and enjoyed 62 years of marriage before Bill’s death in July 2009.
Alice Mae was a member of United Christian-Presbyterian Church and faithfully served in many capacities while she was able to attend services in Bedford. She was a 73 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Order of Eastern Star and Rebekah’s Lodge. She was a member of the original zoning board in Bedford and served as apartment manager for the Bedford Community Housing Association for 10 years. Alice Mae worked at the Soil Conservation Office for 23 years and then resigned in 1980 to take on a new role as Bill’s “Gal Friday” in the Wm. E Johnston Insurance Agency. She looked forward to volunteering at the Taylor County Museum every week and enjoyed accompanying Bill to reunions with his WWII army buddies over a span of 24 years.
Failing health necessitated a move to Clearview Nursing Home in the spring of 2016 and she spent the last three and half  years being lovingly cared for by the staff there.
Some of the things Alice Mae will be remembered for are her interest in genealogy, being an excellent cook, her devotion to Bill and her love for children. She loved her lifelong hometown of Bedford, her extended family and she never missed a Taylor Reunion or Diagonal Alumni Banquet.
Preceding Alice Mae in death were her parents, Zell and Bessie (Jones) Perry, parents-in-law, Horace and Martha Johnston, brother, Jim Jones, brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Floretta Johnston, Dick and Lou Johnston and Tim Johnston, nephews Billy Lee Johnston and Andy Johnston, and beloved great nieces, Jamie (Jones) Boos and Keely Rinehart.
Survivors include her brother, Bob Jones (wife Margo), sisters-in-law, Edna Jones and Alice Lucille Johnston.
Alice Mae will be missed by her many nieces and nephews, their extended families and her loving cousins from the Taylor and Jones families. The Alan Ritchie family brightened the lives of Alice Mae and Bill when they moved to Dodge Street. Kirsten (Ritchie) and Bryan Hamilton’s family enriched her life beyond measure as she became “old, old grandma” to their children, Avery and Reid.
Alice Mae will be missed by her many friends, neighbors and church family in the Bedford area as well.

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