Lynn Johnston
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Gretna, VA
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Oct, 28 2021
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Lynn Johnston

October 9, 2021

If a person's life can be judged by the happiness and love they shared with others, Lynn Johnston's life was extraordinary.

She treated her friends like family. And there were a lot of both in her life.

The daughter of Jack and Fran McElree, Lynn grew up in the Kensington section of Philadelphia and in Barrington, N.J., with her sister and best friend Kay. Lynn eventually met the love of her life, Clay Johnston. They married in 1974 and spent the next 47 years building a life together. And that life was built around family.

Lynn and Clay raised two children, their son, Ryan and daughter, Courtney. Lynn was the kind of mother everyone hopes for. She was caring and nurturing, supportive, loving and above all, fun to be around. In recent years, they also added a daughter in-law, Ryan's wife, Christine, and two new four-legged children, their dogs, Wrigley and Molly whom Lynn loved with all her heart.

Lynn and Clay's life together took them from South Jersey to Illinois and eventually to their home on the water at Smith Mountain Lake, Va. At every stop along the way, neighbors became lifelong friends because of Lynn's warm and fun personality. She wanted her home to be a welcoming place and always made sure to provide an open door for anyone who needed a somewhere to stay, a shoulder to lean on, a vacation spot, afternoons full of cocktails on the dock and late nights of laughter, hugs and warmth.

After she married into the Johnston family, Lynn became its emotional center. In a large extended family of brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and beyond, she was the one that everyone could call when they needed advice, someone to share a laugh with, or to cry with, or to celebrate or complain about the latest Philadelphia Eagles win or loss.

Yes, like most people who come from Philly, Lynn was a diehard Eagles fan who spent Sundays with Clay rooting on the team from their seats behind the Eagles bench at the Linc. They traveled often from Virginia to Philadelphia to attend games together and with friends, including a trip to Minnesota to be there in person when the Eagles finally won the Super Bowl. She also had a love of music and learned to play the African marimba, entertaining at local music shows as a member of the Smith Mountain Lake Knock Knock Marimba Band.

Even in her work life, Lynn connected with others. When Lynn went back to work after raising her kids, she took a job where she could connect with others. Working at Naperville Central High School in suburban Chicago, she touched the lives of hundreds of students, many of whom affectionately called her "Mrs. J." Some even called her "Mom." That was the impact of knowing Lynn. You always felt like part of her family.

Lynn passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021 surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, but she never let it touch her spirit. To the end, she was always positive, always upbeat. Her life is celebrated by everyone who knew her, and the love that so many shared with her will never be forgotten. But in her memory, we can all stand up and cheer - Dallas sucks. Fly Eagles Fly!

A private family memorial will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021 with plans for a larger celebration of life in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Lynn Johnston may be directed to support cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Lynn Johnston to: Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, P.O. Box 49143, Baltimore, MD 21297-9143, or make a gift online at www.hopkinscancer.org. Additionally, gifts can be donated in Lynn's memory to the Franklin County Humane Society, 18401 Virgil Goode Highway, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Gretna is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.colbertmoran.com.
Published by Roanoke Times on Oct. 13, 2021.
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I am so sorry for your lose. I thought the world of Lynn. When she would come into the beauty shop,We would always have alot of laughs. She was one of the most courageous women I have ever met. I'll miss her smile. Prayers of comfort and Peace to you the Family.
Lisa Perdue
Friend
October 15, 2021
I met Lynn when she delivered Meals on Wheels from STEP in Rocky Mount and enjoyed her pleasant personality. I am sorry to hear of her passing. Blessings to all the family.
Emily Boone
Friend
October 15, 2021
We were very sorry to hear this news about Lynn. What wonderful well deserved tributes to an amazing woman. Please accept our sympathy Clay, Ryan and Courtney. She will be missed. Dick and Ellen Wolff
Ellen Wolff
October 14, 2021
Jim Ritchie
October 14, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my longtime (Barrington/Haddon Heights High School) friend who shared my passion and love of the "Lovable Loser" CUBS and who was my best friend in those dreadful awkward high school years. Although far way from each other now, we stayed in contact and shared many fun and funny pictures and stories. My sincerest condolences go out to her wonderful family, who I know she loved so much and was extremely proud of. May God Bless Lynne and her family. May she find welcoming loving arms in Heaven.
Nancy Moore
Friend
October 14, 2021
What a treasure for Naperville Central HS. Lynn was an absolute joy to work with and was central in making school a community of staff and students.
Jane Thompson
Coworker
October 13, 2021
Lynn's confident style and winning smile were just two of her memorable, heartwarming traits. Lynn was loved by all and will be sadly missed. Our condolences go out to Lynn's family and to Clay. They are in our prayers during this sorrowful time.
Vicki & Tim Gardner
Friend
October 13, 2021
Lynn's spirit was indomitable. She was truly an inspiration. I have a place in my heart where she still lives.
Becki Fuzi
Friend
October 13, 2021
Clay my thoughts are with you and your family. Cherish your time together and we did have some great times together.
Mike Shaffer
Friend
October 13, 2021
I did not know this wonderful lady but as I was searching for an obituary for a fried. I saw this one. Wow. What a wonderful testimony and beautiful tribute. I wish I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing gal. I will not hold it against her that she didn’t care for the cowboys (my fav team). Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss and know she touched one more person with her amazing life. May God bless you and comfort you in this time of loss.
Tracy Y
Acquaintance
October 13, 2021
Jane Sharka
October 12, 2021
My heart breaks to know that Lynn no longer graces this world. She had a light and cheer about her always.
She was an awesome secretary/assistant to us at Naperville Central's library! We all loved her.
My deepest sympathies and prayers for her family and friends.
jane
Jane Sharka
Coworker
October 12, 2021
Clay, I was heartbroken when I heard about Lynn! She was truly a beautiful soul and amazing woman. Prayers for you and your family from mine. Mary DiVittorio
Mary DiVittorio
Friend
October 12, 2021
Clay, so very sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Lynn and you. One of the best was Jimmy Buffet concert. She will be missed for sure. Prayers.
Alan Criss
Friend
October 12, 2021
Truly, Lynn was such a beautiful person whose good spirit was infectious and genuine! I was saddened to hear of Lynn’s passing. She was so instrumental in helping run concessions for the Central Speech Team while I was its head coach. Without her ability to organize and “man” the running of the concessions for our annual tournament, which was host to sometimes 47 high schools as well as the annual S.C.O.T.I.E. Workshop for the northern portion of Illinois for the Illinois Speech and Theater Association, our team wouldn’t have had the funding for the many away, overnight tournaments as well as funding for scholarships to speech camps at major universities. And no student who wanted to be on the team was ever “cut” from the team because we had that funding. Her involvement with the team touched every team member as she was a “team mom” to listen to students and rally behind them. Lynn, I am certain you will be missed. I can still see your smile and hear your laugh. God Bless and comfort your family at this time, especially Ryan and Courtney, whom I fondly remember.
Gayle Zaininger
Acquaintance
October 12, 2021
Jack and I are so sorry for your loss! Lynn was a bright light wherever she was and she will be missed!! Marilyn and Jack Carroll
Marilyn Carroll
Friend
October 12, 2021
My heart is just broken as I have lost my dearest friend. Lynn was the consummate joy maker. Everyone who met her, loved her and considered her their best friend. She was amazing in every way -- wonderful wife, loving mother and best friend and the ultimate hostess. I loved her with all my heart and I will miss her every day until we see each other in heaven one day. May God bless Clay, Ryan and Courtney through their grief journey. You are loved. Tina Z. and Paul
Tina Zientarski
Friend
October 12, 2021
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