Emma Jeanette Johnston age 80 passed away on January 11, 2019 in Wichita, KS.
Emma was born on June 28, 1938 in Britton, OK to Dale and Della (Wardlow) Bryan. She attended the rural Deer Creek School until the she moved to Sedan where she graduated from Sedan High School with the class of 57. Shortly after graduation Emma moved to Coffeyville where she began working as a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell. She retired from ACC in Independence after several devoted years of service. On a blind date in 1958 Emma accompanied Thomas (Bud) Johnston to an American Legion Dance. On August 7, 1959 the couple was united in marriage, they were blessed with two sons and a daughter. Emma enjoyed cooking, quilting, sewing, cross-stitching, embroidering, and going to the casinos where she would play the penny slots and the occasional nickel slot on a big night. Bud and Emma were inseparable, where one was the other wasn’t too far away. They enjoyed playing cards with friends, pinochle, canasta, and pitch were some favorites. After the children were out of the house they loved traveling, whether it be bus trips or an Alaskan cruise they were always ready for the next destination. Emma was a member of the First Baptist Church and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. When Emma started quilting, Bud would make comments about her needing another machine or more material but shortly was hooked on helping make the quilts for all their children and grandchildren.
Emma’s memories will live on with her children, Dale Johnston his wife Jenni, Tom Johnston, and Barbara Osborn her husband Tim, sister, Vicky Stapp, grandchildren, Paige White, Kimberlin Johnston, Zackary Osborn, and Brett Johnston, great-grandchildren, Camden White and Caelor White.
She now rests with her parents, her husband Bud, brothers Herbert Bryan, Leon Bryan, Bill Bryan, and Clyde Bryan, sisters, Bonnie Cooper, Linda Floyd, and Alice Marie Hall.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:00 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family suggests memorials to the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and they may be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com
The Sedan High School Class of 1957 sends condolences to the Johnston for your loss. Emma, our classmate, will live on in our memories as an upbeat, smiling, 18-year-old high school senior. Chet Wilcox, on behalf of SHS-1957
Chet WilcoxCarriere, MS
So very sorry to read of your Mom's passing. Prayers for comfort in your days to come.
Lisa WalthallCoffeyville, KS
Emma was a sweet woman and wonderful neighbor .
Kent & Janie BastianCoffeyville, KS
Sorry for your loss. Emma was a good friend although we didn't see each other much after we moved. She made a good pot of coffee and we spent a lot of hours visiting. Fae Mann (Funk)
Fae MannSalina, KS
Jennie, I am thinking about you and your family at this time. God bless you, Sandra Ashby, Benton Elementary
Sandra AshbyWichita, KS
Patti MintonAn, KS
Dale, Tom and Barbra, so sorry for your loss.
Jeff DielPerry, OK
Great aunt Emma. I'm sad to know she has passed.
Cheryl D, BryanShawnee, OK
My sympathy goes out to the Johnston family. My Dad was a very good friend of Bud and Emma , as was my Mom also . I knew both of them in my younger years when Dad was alive and working a lot in the American Legion. I will have you all my prayers and I know that she is now with now with Bud and other family. May God grant yu strength in this time of sorrow.
Lanny W EubanksCoffeyville, KS
dale, tom and barbara, so sorry to hear about your mom. i knew her through my mom and dad and the "co-op". we had some good visits together way back when. my prayer is for you all to have peace and comfort through this time of grief.
Joyce AdairCoffeyville, KS
Dale so sorry to here of your mom's passing prayers to you and your FAMILY
David limingCoffeyville, KS
You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Phil and Denise WintjenCoffeyville, KS