Patricia Lee Johnston passed away at age 81 on January 11th, 2020 in Woodbury MN.
Patricia Lee Johnston passed away at age 81 on January 11th, 2020 in Woodbury MN. Survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, Jerry; loving children, Jeffrey (Linda) Johnston; Lori (Marc) Otto; and Amy (David) Cox; beloved grandson, Douglas Johnston Cox; brother-in-law John Barker; 4 nephews; 2 nieces; second cousins; and friends from Virginia to California and Minnesota to Southern Missouri and so many states in between. Preceded in death by her mother, Bernice Nesbitt and father, Paul Nesbitt; and sister-in-law, Ginny Barker.
Born in Minneapolis on July 12, 1938 to Paul and Bernice (Peterson) Nesbitt but raised in Des Moines, Iowa. Patty was a Roosevelt 1956 graduate. Shortly after graduation she married and worked to help support Jerry while he earned his college degree. On and off throughout her life Patty worked as a secretary for corporations, schools and churches. Although she was great at dictation and typing, her true love was her family.
She organized sleepovers, picnics, birthdays, family trips, every holiday, lunches, and dinners. She was a den mother and worked the food booths at football games. She volunteered at a nursing home and helped organize church bazaars and rummage sales. She loved to shop and loved to cook. She had a smile that would light up the room and a heart just as bright. We will miss her more than can be imagined.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., with a Gathering of Family and Friends 1 Hour Prior to Service (10-11 a.m.), followed by a light lunch and desserts, all at Rose of Sharon Lutheran Church, 6875 Jamaica Avenue South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016. Private interment Elk River, MN. Memorials requested to Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Wulff Funeral Home, St. Paul, MN.