Mary Ellen (Lindbergh) Johnston, 78, passed away after a long battle with COPD on Aug. 14, 2014, in Valencia, Calif. She was born in Omaha, Neb., on Nov. 23, 1935, to Ray and Bertha Lindbergh. She was the youngest of the four Lindbergh children.
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Mary was raised in Topeka, Kan., where she graduated from Topeka High School in 1953. She married Robert D. "Bob" Johnston of Wauneta, Neb., on Nov. 30, 1957, and together they raised their four children: Lori, Craig, John and David.
The family settled in Evergreen, where Mary was very active volunteering and owning her own consignment store. After Bob's retirement from United Airlines, she and Bob moved to the Spruce Creek Fly-In in Daytona Beach, Fla. Upon Bob's death, she moved to Valencia, Calif., to be closer to her grandchildren.
Mary was active in her church and the Assistance League. She traveled extensively. She enjoyed watching the many activities of her eight grandchildren and was often heard from the sidelines yelling, "Believe in yourself!" as she cheered them on.
Mary is survived by her four children: Lori (Kris) Wilson of Valencia, Craig (Rebecca) Johnston of Valencia, John Johnston of Alameda, Calif., and David (Tess) Johnston of Littleton; eight grandchildren: Benjamin, Hannah and Jacob Wilson, Ryan, Alexis and Ian Johnston, and Matthew and Maggie Johnston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert D. Johnston; her bother, Ray Lindbergh; and her sisters, Donna Crolius and Jackie Nicewander.
Mary loved the Lord, her church, her family, volunteering, traveling and Denver Bronco football. Never without a smile, Mary will be missed by the many people she loved and touched.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355. A reception will follow at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse. Donations may be made in Mary's name to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.Wounded
Published in Canyon Courier from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26, 2014