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Lavina Marie Johnston

December 28, 1924 — January 17, 2012

Lavina Marie Johnston, the daughter of Gustav and Mary Catherine Deidricksen Ratashack, was born December 28, 1924, at her parent’s home in Brighton Township near Marne, Iowa and died January 17, 2012, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital at the age of 87 years and 19 days. Lavina was baptized later as an adult at the First Christian Church in Audubon, Iowa. She attended rural school “Layton #7” southeast of Walnut, Iowa and then graduated from the Walnut High School with the Class of 1942. Lavina taught country schools near Council Bluffs, Iowa, Avoca, Iowa and southeast of Wiota, Iowa. She then was employed as a switch board operator in Atlantic, Iowa for Northwestern Bell for several years. On May 3, 1950, she was united in marriage to LaVern G. Johnston at the Christian Church Parsonage in Carroll, Iowa. Two sons Mervin and Steven were born to this union. They owned and operated a farm east of Audubon in Melville Township. Lavina helped LaVern farm and she raised chickens and sold eggs. She always had a large vegetable garden from which she canned the produce. But she especially enjoyed her flower garden. They moved into Audubon in 2005. LaVern died Ocotber 11, 2005. Lavina later moved to the Friendship Home in Audubon in 2011. Lavina was a member of the First Christian Church in Audubon where she taught Sunday School and Bible School. When the Christian Church closed she became a member of the Audubon Church of Christ in Audubon. She also had been a member of a Neighborhood Club in Melville Township. Preceding her in death was her husband LaVern Johnston; her parents; her brother-in-law Dwight McKean; her sisters-in-law: Helen Moon and Mary Robinson. Survivors include her sons: Mervin and wife Shari Johnston of Boone, Iowa; Steven and wife Kathy Johnston of Audubon, Iowa; her grandchildren: Amy Johnston of Colo, Iowa; Michelle and husband Matthew Cushman of Ankeny, Iowa; Jerryn Johnston of Portland, Oregon; Leah and husband Mike Hemmingsen of Grimes, Iowa; Jeremy and wife Angela Johnston of Audubon, Iowa; her great grandchildren: Hayley Johnston, Ashton Graddick and Jacquelyn Graddick all of Colo; Kellen Hemmingsen and Cole Hemmingsen both of Grimes; her sister Dorothy McKean of Harlan, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon, Iowa.

The family will meet with friends Friday evening at 6:00 P.M. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at the Audubon Church of Christ in Audubon, Iowa.

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