Logan, Utah- Janie Pearl Skean Stonestreet Johnston passed away peacefully at 7:33 pm on February 13, 2013, in Logan,Utah at the age of 89 following a prolonged struggle with dementia. She was born January 7, 1924 to John and Zula Skean of Kenova, West Virginia.
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Janie was the seventh child of ten, and raised on a farm in the hills and hollows of West Virginia. The house was built and the land cleared by her father and she worked with him when she was old enough. She graduated from Buffalo High School in Kenova, where she was a reporter and later editor of the school newspaper. She attended secretarial school at Beria College. After the death of her first husband, Vance Stonestreet, in the Pacific theater of World War 2, Janie moved to California, to work in a war factory making fighter planes. She started with wiring the communications systems and eventually was a quality inspector. She met her second husband, Royce. Janie helped put Royce through college at Texas A&M during the 1950's by working a secretary to the Base Commander, at Bryan Air Force Base.
Following graduation, Janie and Royce moved to California, where she was a homemaker until they retired. For over thirty years she worked in and eventually managed a voting station in Canoga Park, California during local, state and national elections, and in 1964 attended the Republican National Convention at the Cow Palace in San Fransisco in support of Barry Goldwater. From the early 1960`s to 1987 Janie studied diverse subjects at Pierce Junior College in Woodland Hills, California including several languages and especially photography. Her passion for photography resulted in many wonderful images of her grandchildren.
In 1989, Janie and Royce retired to Bloomington, Utah. Janie was a Member of the Bloomington Country Club, an avid bridge player, and prolific poet. She competed in the Huntsman Senior Olympics, in 1997 and 1998, taking Gold and Silver medals in bridge. Janie enjoyed her life and was a loving Mother to her sons. In 2009, Janie moved to Logan, Utah to be cared for by her son and daughter-in-law.
Janie is survived by her two sons John Royce of Logan, Utah and Donald Bruce of Saba Island, Dutch Caribbean, two grandchildren, William Royce and Amy Elizabeth, two great-grandchildren Lane Holland and Reece William, and two sisters Hallie and Pansy. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Zula; her husbands Vance and Royce; her four brothers, Thomas, John, Lynn, and James Dan; and three of her sisters Mildred, Theodora, and Faye.
She will be interred at the St George City Cemetery, next to her husband Royce, following a brief viewing at the Metcalf Mortuary at 10:00 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. In lieu of Flowers, friends should make a donation to their favorite charity. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2013