Norma L. Johnston, 94Norma Lucille (Jacobson) Johnston passed away on Feb. 15 at Fairview Seminary Home at the age of 94.
Norma Lucille (Jacobson) Johnston passed away on Feb. 15 at Fairview Seminary Home at the age of 94.
She was born on July 23, 1917, in Van Hook, N.D., to Phillip M. and Nora G. (Blessum) Jacobson. She was the last surviving of the eight siblings. She attended school in Parshall, N.D., and graduated from high school in Mandan, N.D. She attended nurses training at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She married Dr. David C. Johnston on April 29, 1939. He began his dentistry practice in Red Wing and was then called into the service. They lived in various parts of the country during WWII. Dr. Johnston was discharged in June 1945, and they returned to Red Wing so he could resume his practice.
She was very active in the Presbyterian Church and the Hospital Auxiliary. In 1950, they built a cabin on Balsam Lake, Wis., and many summers and family events were enjoyed there. In 1981, they retired to Port Townsend, Wash., and enjoyed traveling the West Coast and Hawaii. In 2002, Norma moved back to Red Wing and resided at the Fairview Seminary Plaza, Deer Crest, and Fairview Seminary Home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David; parents, Phillip and Nora; siblings, Omar, Kenneth, Cecil, Loren, Bernadine, and Evelyn Jacobson, and Florence Allen.
She is survived by her son, Craig (Cindy) Johnston of Red Wing; her daughter Mary (Ray) Tilton of Balsam Lake; grandchildren, Melissa (Marcus) Wilhelm of Blaine, Minn., Joe (Tiffiny) Tilton of Balsam Lake; great-grandchildren, Elijah, Elizabeth, Jaxon, and Madison; and her nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Red Wing at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Friends may visit with the family 1 hour prior to the services.
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