Barbara Louise Johnston, 91, of Bethany Village in Mechanicsburg, formerly of East Pennsboro Township, passed away surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Barbara was primarily a homemaker, but she also worked part time as a medical receptionist and for various charitable organizations over the years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was at the center of her family, providing many happy memories of holidays and trips that the Johnstons shared. She loved to travel, having crossed the country several times with her husband and traveling Europe with her son, John, in her golden years. She especially loved spending the winter months in Florida on the Gulf coast. She also enjoyed many summers with her husband at their shore get-away at Treasure Beach in Fenwick Island. Barbara loved people and enjoyed everyone she met. She was active in the Civic Club in Enola many years ago, the Senior Go-Getters exercise group at the West Shore YMCA, and Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Enola. After her husband's death she organized a bereavement support group, helping herself and others during the difficult time of grieving for a loved one. One of her joys during her latter years was her Sequence group. Barbara moved to independent living at Bethany Village several years ago, and she loved her life there. She participated in the book group, the religious discussion group, the programming committee, outings and trips, and often enjoyed sharing evening mealtimes with her floormates in the solarium. We will all miss the intense spark of life that she was. Born in 1929 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of Louise M. Stout. She was the devoted wife of John R. Johnston for 61 years. Barbara has three children, John R. Johnston, Jr. (husband of Lloyd), Jennifer Sarabok (wife of Jeff), and Susan Johnston Graf (wife of George). She was predeceased by another son, Scott D. Johnston. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, India Abel, George Michael Graf III, Matthew Scott Johnston, Cora Ann Johnston, John Graf, Susan Sarabok, and Thomas Sarabok. She had seven great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one sister, Wendy Richwine (wife of Don), and cousins and nieces and nephews. Arrangements for burial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery and a celebration of life will be made later after restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic are lifted. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harisburg, PA 17110. To sign the guest book visit www.richardsonfs.com
Published in Patriot-News from May 31 to Jun. 2, 2020.