JOHNSTON, Jeanne Marie (Layton)
Born Jeanne Marie Trainer on July 10, 1932 and went to a better life on February 20, 2014.
A Fourth Generation Californian, born in Pomona on July 10, 1932 to Berenice Gantenbein Trainer and Elmer Trainer, Jeanne was an active participant in school, church and community. She attended St. James elementary school in Redondo Beach, and St. Marys Academy in Inglewood. Along the way, she enjoyed bowling, bicycling, reading, drawing and painting, and dancing among her other activities. In 1963 she joined Beta Sigma Phi community volunteer sorority, in whose activities she went on to enjoy for the next 50 years.
Jeanne began her career in the burgeoning Southern California defense industry sector during the 1950s, providing increasingly responsible administrative support service roles to production and human resources executives for more than 20 years. In 1985 she continued her career after relocating to the Sacramento area in the high tech sector at Electronic Data Systems, and for the County of Sacramento Superior Courts.
Her infectious personality made people feel very special in her company. Everyone that Jeanne touched was invited along into the fun and interesting surroundings she loved to create. Jeanne also felt that duty to her community included service to children and to people less fortunate than her, and that this was among the most important values one can live by.
Jeanne is survived by her beloved husband of eight years, William Johnston, loving daughters Elaine Layton, Barbara Ortega, Amy Gallaher, step-son Richard Ortega, brother Mike Woods, sisters- in-law Genie and Hedy Woods, sons-in-law David Peters, Danny Brazeau. Also survived by grandchildren Devin, Hannah, and Ezra Grimes, Sarah Cavalier Holton, Charlie Cavalier, Emily and James Gallaher, great-grandchildren Veronica Noel, Lilianna Grimes, Blake and Grant Holton, and great-great-granddaughter Leanna.
Family and Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services to be held at Oak Hills Church, 1100 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom on Saturday March 1, at 1:00pm with reception to follow.
Memorials may be made to Compassion International Commitment for Martha Yatziri Lara ME-919-0019. Telephone: 1-800-336-7676. To help continue Martha's Sponsorship. Or the
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 27, 2014