Mary E. Johnston

April 03, 1950 ‒ September 09, 2016

Centerburg, Ohio

Mary E. Johnston, age 66 of Centerburg, died Friday morning September 9, 2016 at St Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

She was born on April 3, 1950 in Flemingsburg, KY to the late Ellis Lewis and Lois (Fizer) Taylor. She was a graduate of Big Walnut High School Class of 1969. She was a member of the former Rebekah Lodge and Odd Fellows in Delaware.

Mary loved her family and enjoyed the family reunions. She enjoyed watching old western movies especially the ones with John Wayne in them and listened to music by Elvis. Mary liked to go camping, fishing, and listen to bluegrass music. Her favorite thing was to spend time spoiling her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years: John D. Johnston and they were married June 22, 1968 in Centerburg; daughters: Crystal (Rob) Demorest of Sunbury, Cathy (David) Kirk of Chesterville; son: Jay Dee (Tracey) Johnston of Centerburg; grandchildren: Gabrielle, Ellie, Jarrod, Morgan, Sarah, Case, Lane, Melani; brothers: David (Nancy) Lewis of Rochester, WA, Charlie (Paula) Lewis of Guysville; sister Mardissa (Randy) Thorpe of Sunbury.

Preceded in death by brother: Ricky Lewis.

Friends may call Monday from 5-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury. Graveside services will be held Noon Tuesday in the Eastview Cemetery,

Condolences may be expressed at

  • My heart hurts from the loss of such a wonderful Aunt. Mary was always there whenever family or friends needed her. Sending love to John, Crystal, Cathy, Jay and all the grandchildren.

  • We are so sad to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a wonderful fun loving sweetheart who my family loved. She will be missed. Our prayers are with all of her dear family.

  • I’m so sad to hear of Mary’s passing. I loved hearing her laugh, and enjoyed her perspective on life. She worked harder than anyone I know and loved her family even more!

    Hugs, love and prayers~
    Karen Ann

  • Aunt Mary was around for a big part of my childhood. I remember our trip to the pool on vacation in California, the drive-in movies in Delaware, fishing at the pond with crawdads, and when we would pack a picnic lunch to take and go to the State Fair for the Angus Cattle Show. She taught me how to make coleslaw and sweet tea for our lunch. Even in the last four years, Aunt Mary would call to check in to see how we were doing. The last time I talked to Aunt Mary was about three week after her Mother had passed. She talked about coming to visit us in Oklahoma, and ended saying Aunt Mary loves you, and that’s the last time I had talked to her. I called back during the end of fair week to see what was going on in the family. I talked to Uncle John, he said Mary was at the fair with the grandkids, while he was doing chores. We just didn’t have a chance to connect since then, but at least Aunt Mary knew I loved her.
    May your memories bring you comfort in the days to come.

  • My sincere condolences go to Mary’s family. I work with her son, Jay, and words cannot express my sadness over her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family as they go through this tragic event in their lives.

    ‘Even though you may not be able to see the bird, you can still hear her beautiful song…”

    God’s blessings to you all.

    Toni Moroz

  • I was shocked to read of Mary’s passing, too young. I worked with Crystal @
    Eloise’s in Centerburg when she had her first job cooking. You did a good
    job Crystal. Remember I also saw you @ “The Inn @ Olentangy ” a few
    months ago, when my husband was a resident there. Remember the good
    times you had with your mother and all the things she taught you when you
    were growing up.

  • my deepest sympathy to all her family. Mary was one of the kindest most generous people i have known. Her love of her children and grandchildren were always the topic of conversation. i know she has a special place in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing.
    Prayers for all of her family.. Remember riding the school bus with all of you.. Prayers for peace.