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Bernice Beverly Johnston, 80, of West Terre Haute passed away at 7:31 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Meadows Manor East in Terre Haute. She was born July 4, 1937, at Terre Haute, to Clifton Harden and Marie Cheek Harden.
Her husband, David Lee Johnston, whom she married on Dec. 9, 1955, in West Terre Haute, preceded her in death on May 20, 2004.
Survivors include a son, Jason Lee "Jay" Johnston and his wife Roberta; a daughter, Lesa Hickle and her husband John; a sister, Betty Crockett; four grandchildren, Jennifer Barnes (Dean), Matt Schimmel (Kari), Jacob Johnston, and Erin Jackson; six great-grandchildren, Zachary Hines, Caleb Hines, Gabe Hines, Madison Barnes, Connor Schimmel, and Cooper Schimmel; a sister-in-law, Jacqueline "Jackie" Johnston; five nieces, Cathy, Bobbie, Angie, Kay, and Danielle; and three nephews, Gary, Dave, and Steve.
She also was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffrey Lee Johnston; her parents; a brother, Clifton M. Harden; an infant sister, Levetta Rose Harden; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Leroy Johnston and Donn Crockett.
Bernice was a graduate of Valley High School class of 1955, where she was a four year cheerleader and queen attendant many times. She had been employed with several local businesses beginning in her young years working in the family business at Harden Grocery Store in West Terre Haute and the Goodie Shop Restaurant. She later worked many years as a secretary at Commercial Solvents and Columbia Records, where she worked in the mail order department. Bernice and Dave had also owned and operated the West Vigo Furniture and Discount Store. She had been a member of the West Vigo Jaycees and the Sugar Creek Township Trustee advisory board, and the Terre Haute Bowling League. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and she loved her cats.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday in Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, with Nate Bartlett officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. until service time Friday. The family suggests that if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Terre Haute Humane Society. Contact online at:
Published on December 5, 2017
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