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Bonnie Johnston

July 20, 1931 - May 26, 2018

Services:  2:00 pm – Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Armstrong Funeral Home

Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong

Visitation: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Thurs, May 31 at the Armstrong Funeral Home

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery – Mount Ayr

Memorials: In her name to be decided later

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Bonnie Marie Johnston, daughter of Alva & Marie (Leichliter) Cowell, was born at home in Ringgold County, Iowa on July 20, 1931. Bonnie grew up at Mount Ayr and she graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1949. On March 25, 1951, she was united in marriage to Ronald Johnston at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, Iowa. To this marriage was born two sons; Evan and Alvin. The family lived in Mount Ayr until 1958 when Ron’s work took them to Lake Wapello State Park at Drakesville, Iowa from 1958 to 1973 when Ron was transferred to Decorah, Iowa. Most recently, Bonnie and Ron have lived in Osage, Iowa. Bonnie loved to look nice and she used that passion to work in retail clothing stores in southeast Iowa and in Decorah, Iowa. She worked at, and retired from, Margaret’s Clothing Store in Decorah, Iowa.

Bonnie enjoyed working with the public. She enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. She liked collecting antiques found at thrift shops and rummage sales. She loved being a mother to her 2 sons and a grandmother to her three granddaughters and their families.

Bonnie became a resident of the Osage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Osage, Iowa and it was there that she passed away on May 26, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ronald Johnston; sons Evan Johnston and Alvin Johnston; sister Betty Lynch; brothers Duane Cowell, Robert Cowell, and Richard & wife Debbie Cowell; and brother-in-law Herbert Johnston.

Survivors include her three granddaughters and their families: Veronica (Jason) Baldwin of Albuquerque, N.M. and their children Topher and Gabe, Amanda (Andrew) Johnson of Bay City, MI and their daughter Indie, Alana (Luke) Scheer of Osage, IA and their children Drayven and Kade; daughter-in-law Rita Johnston of Osage, IA; sisters-in-law Mildred Johnston of Urbandale, IA and Patricia Cowell of Oregon; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Margaret “Muggs” Walter of Decorah, Iowa.

A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later.