Virginia C. Johnston passed away peacefully December 20 at the age of 101. Ginny, as she was known to friends and family, was born December 11, 1911 in San Bernardino, Calif., to C. Harold Carson and Lillian Parfitt where her father, in partnership with his brother, was owner of Owl Drug, later to become Rexall Drug. Her mother, a graduate of University of Nebraska in the school of music, became a well-known singer, a talent which was passed on to Ginny. Growing up in a patriotic family, during World War I, it was only natural for her to show her patriotism. According to an old, yellowed newspaper article in her collection of souvenirs, she saved her pennies to help finance the war effort. When her father became aware of her desire to help, he purchased a $100 "baby bond" in her name, making her a very proud seven-year-old patriot. Perhaps as a result of her many family vacations to Oregon, upon graduation from high school Ginny selected Oregon State College to further her education. While there, she became a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Later, she transferred to University of Southern California. At a party in Encinitas, Ginny Carson met Everett Milo Johnston, owner of King Salad Avocado Company, a company he had started in his father's garage. They were married October 22, 1936 and together built the company into the largest avocado packing plant in California. They traveled extensively around the world promoting avocados, often experiencing once-in-a-lifetime events. Upon retirement they moved to Rancho Mirage and settled at the Springs Country Club. Her loving husband, Everett, passed away January 1, 1985. She leaves no known relatives but will be missed by her many friends. Her final days were made much more comfortable by Center for Spiritual Living in Palm Desert, Charter Hospice and the caregivers at Monterey Palms Health Care Center. Memorials may be sent to Joslyn Center in Palm Desert.
Published in The Desert Sun on Jan. 1, 2013