Obituary: Mary Ann Johnston, May 21, 1933, to June 29, 2018 |

Obituary: Mary Ann Johnston, May 21, 1933, to June 29, 2018

Mary Ann Johnston
Special to the Daily

Mary Ann Johnston went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 29.

“Mitzie,” as her family knew her, was born in Springfield, Missouri, on May 21, 1933. She attended St. Agnes Catholic School and then went to college at the University of Oklahoma, where she met and married Paul Johnston. They lived in Oklahoma City, where their two children were born, Michelle and Paul.

In 1964, moving to Blairstown, New Jersey, she worked at Blair Academy, beginning her career as a secretary and ending in the Financial Development Department, 21 years later.

Mary Ann moved back to Springfield in 1986, where she continued her development career as the capital campaign and special projects coordinator for Ozark’s Public Television. She retired working at The Kitchen, raising money to help prevent homelessness and those in need. In 2007, she moved to Colorado to be near her children and grandchildren.

Blessed by her family: Michelle, her daughter, married to Brian Maloney, grandchildren Deacon and Courtney Maloney, Libby Maloney Maple and Nick Maple, Zeb and Lauren Maloney, Shyanna Maloney and her great-granddaughter, Maisy Ann Maloney; her son, Paul, married to Lisa Sandoval and their children Stephen and Jeremiah Johnston.

“Honey,” as her grandchildren knew her, loved being near her family. Summers entailed feeding hundreds of hummingbirds, using more than 200 pounds of sugar per season for the feeders. Christmas cookies were one of her trademarks; gifting everyone from the Postal Service and her doctors to neighbors and friends. Her passions were her faith, her family and dog Louie.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Kitchen Inc., 1630 N. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, MO 65803. There will be a service at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Calvary Christian Fellowship in Gypsum (across from Costco), with a reception to follow.

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