Lois "Jean" Johnston, age 86, formerly of Amsterdam, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. She was born near Butler, Missouri the daughter of Homer and Agnes McElwain Dixon. She attended school in Amoret, Missouri where she enjoyed playing basketball. She married Clifford LeVaun Johnston on April 3, 1945. He preceded her in death on June 9, 2003. Jean held many jobs during her time working. She started as a teenager catching the train in Amoret to work at a candy store in Kansas City. She later worked for Barney Kropp Feed Store in the late 1950''s, as a bus driver for Miami R1 from 1960 to 1983, ran the concession stands at Middle Creek Riding Club and the La Cygne Saddle Club, owned and operated the Amsterdam Cafe from 1976 to 1979, and worked at Bass Buster. Jean had a love for horses. Didn''t matter if it was riding horseback or in a wagon. Her strong work ethic and fondness of horses was surpassed only by her love for her family. She was a member of the Merwin Christian Church and was a founding member of the Amsterdam Jubilee which began in 1976. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, Donald, a son Doug, and a sister Freeda Judd. She is survived by two sons, Jerry Johnston and wife Kathy, Kip Johnston and wife Sandy, two daughters, Connie McGinnis and husband John, and DeAnna Hutton and husband Robin, fifteen grand, thirty-seven great, and thirteen great great grandchildren, and other extended family and friends, five of which are her namesake.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Merwin Christian Church. Burial will be in the Mulberry Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Church. Contributions are suggested to Mulberry Cemetery or Merwin Christian Church. On line condolences can be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com. Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne, Kansas.