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Jacquelyn “Jackie” Johnston

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Johnston, 78, Union, Mo., formerly of Palmyra, Mo., joined her husband and favorite sisters in Heaven at 11:23 p.m., Jan. 26, 2023, at Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Johnston

Jackie was born Aug. 26, 1944, in Hannibal, Mo., to Virgil (Bud) and Eleanor Banks Morrall. She was married to Charles Edward Johnston on April 19, 1963 in Palmyra. 

Jackie and Charles met at the Marion County Fair. The two made quite the team, later owning and running Star Fertilizer on Highway 168. He proceeded her in death March 30, 1987. 

Jackie dedicated her life to serving others. From volunteering as an EMT to later going back to school as a single mom to become a medical assistant and caring for OB patients with her favorite doctor; Dr. John Bennett, for many years before retiring.

Survivors include her children, Wayne Steven Johnston (Jerri), Palmyra; Curtis Lee Johnston, Palmyra; and Lyn Renee Mast (Nathan), Union, Mo; grandchildren, Leslie, Chase, Charlie Alan (Sara), Casey, Charlie A., Georgia and Cecilia; great-grandchildren, Adelyn, Ashlyn and Westyn; longtime partner in crime, Roxie Decker; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Clever, funny and spunky at just five foot tall, Jackie was often the life of the party. Over the years she enjoyed square dancing, bowling, playing golf, slow pitch softball and mud volleyball, and in more recent years, going gambling with Roxie, hitting the penny slots. 

She loved watching her kids and grands play as Palmyra Panthers as well as watching her favorite sports team, the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Jackie was a kind, sweet loving mother not only to her own children but to the many people she claimed as her own. She will surely be missed on the yearly camping trips with her family and Lyn’s childhood friends, Trish Rees and Jennifer Phillips. 

She was a fantastic cook and will be remembered for her delicious cinnamon rolls, coconut cream pie and chili.

 Jackie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra.

Friends and family are invited to Jackie’s life celebration to share their stories from over the years. Storytelling is from 5 to 7 p.m., Jan. 31, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

Memorials can be made to a fund to take Jackie on her final trip to the beach.

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