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Audrey Thomson Johnston Rath


1926 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Audrey Thomson Johnston Rath Obituary
Audrey Thomson Johnston Rath
Oct 24, 1926 - Aug 18, 2014
Resident of Orinda
Passed away peacefully on August 18th, 2014 at home with her four children and daughter-in-law at her side. Born in New Orleans, LA, Audrey was the only child of William Bleaney and Kathleen Thomson. Audrey attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge before marrying Hugh B. Johnston in 1952, when he teasingly "put shoes on her and brought her to California".
While raising her four children, Audrey was a member of the Orinda Women's Club, volunteered at Peralta Hospital and San Ramon Regional Medical Center, was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Oakland from 1953 to 2005 and then Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC) since 2005, volunteered at LOPC on the sanctuary guild committee, and was a member and volunteer of the California Symphony and Lakeshore Women's Club. After Hugh's passing in 1984, Audrey married James Rath in 1987 who saw her through breast cancer in 2002 & 2003.
Preceded in death by her mother and father, and husbands Hugh B. Johnston and James Rath. Survived by children Laura J. McIntosh, Hugh (Rusty) Johnston Jr., Linda G. Johnston (Barry Winge), and Douglas W. Johnston (Ann), grandchildren Ashley M. Irish (Joel) and Trevor W. Johnston, and great grandchildren Jacob and Jesse Irish. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 6th, at 1:00pm at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church located at 49 Knox Dr., Lafayette, CA 94549, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to .

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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 29, 2014
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