Johnston nee Crane, Mary Lou

Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Time: 12:00 to 2:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

10:15 AM Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO (only 10 people allowed out of their cars)

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to First Baptist Church, St. Clair, MO


Mary Lou Johnston of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on December 31, 2020, having reached the age of eighty-seven years, two months and fourteen days. Mary Lou was born in Willard, MO, on October 17, 1933, daughter of Willard Carroll Crane and Gwenith Lavena Crane nee Griffin, known to all as Lavena. On December 18, 1954, she was united in marriage to Rev. Norman Lloyd Johnston and two daughters came to bless this union.

Mary Lou is survived by her daughters, Debbie Miller and husband, Toby, of Festus, MO, and Diane Davis and husband, Bruce, of St. Clair, MO; by her sister, Sue Klepper of Rogersville, MO; by two grandchildren, Courtney Demyen and husband, Jason, of St. Clair and Chad Davis and wife, Brooke, of Union, MO; by four great-grandchildren, Kinsley Demyen, Jagger Davis, Presley Demyen and Mathis Davis; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Lavena Crane, and by her husband, Rev. Norman L. Johnston.

Mary Lou was a Christian of the Baptist faith and member of First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. She was a good and faithful minister’s wife, that made caring for her home and family her career, and she never tired of her job. Shopping was her main hobby and she was happy to have her girls with her on these shopping trips. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy and held a very special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will never be forgotten.

A loving and devoted mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Tom Smith officiating. Private interment was Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in St. Clair.