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Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home

1081 Jeffco Blvd, Arnold, MO

OBITUARY

Marilyn Louise Searcy Johnston

November 8, 1949May 29, 2020
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Marilyn Louise (Searcy) Johnston departed this life in Oakville, Mo., on Friday, May 29, 2020 to be with her family and friends who departed before her. They are all rejoicing at this time and greeting her with warm smiles and open arms. Marilyn was born November 8, 1949, in Wood River, Ill., to James and Rosana Maureen (Harper) Searcy. The bouncing little girl of 6 lbs. and 11 ounces brightened the lives of all who knew her.

Marilyn was very athletic and served as a cheerleader for both basketball and football for all four years of her career at East Alton/Wood River high school. She graduated from EAWRHS in 1967 and went on to study to become an x-ray technician. She graduated from DePaul Hospital X-ray School and started her career in 1969. Marilyn retired from the x-ray field after 42 years from Metro Imaging in 2010.

Marilyn married Gerald W. (Jerry) Johnston on August 18, 1973 in Wood River. They lived on Ferguson Ave. for the next 12 years where they enjoyed repairing an old home. She loved to travel everywhere she could. She lived in Sterling, VA., Littleton, Co., Oakville, MO., and London, England, finally settling down in Oakville for the past 25 years. But that did not stop her from travelling. Marilyn visited about 30 countries and 47 of the 50 states. Every horizon was a new adventure to savor and enjoy.

Between travels, Marilyn and Jerry managed to have three awesome children. Joseph C. (1982), Jeffrey W. (1984) and Elizabether Harper (Mike) Kraatz (1986) added to her thrilling life with laughs and triumphs. Those three wonderful children have expanded Marilyn's enjoyment by bringing six fantastic grandchildren into her life. Alyssa, Hailey, Jesse, Dominic, Leah, and Corie have brought smiles and hugs to Grandma's house in search of cookies and hugs in return.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother James L. Searcy from Wood River. She is survived by her husband of 46 years Jerry, her children, and her grandchildren. She will buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where she will await the arrival of her husband.

Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 2-6 pm at Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home, 1081 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, Mo. 63010

  • FAMILY

  • James Searcy, Father (deceased)
  • Rosana Maureen (Harper) Searcy, Mother (deceased)
  • Gerald W. (Jerry) Johnston, Husband
  • Joseph C. Johnston, Son
  • Jeffrey W. Johnston, Son
  • Elizabether Harper (Mike) Kraatz, Daughter
  • James L. Searcy, Brother (deceased)
  • Alyssa, Hailey, Jesse, Dominic, Leah and Corey, Grandchildren

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, June 6, 2020

Memories

Marilyn Louise Searcy Johnston

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Carly Sykes

June 6, 2020

My American Mum. I will always treasure my childhood with you, and introducing me to amazing food, waterskiing, dancing on the boat in the rain and having a blast always! Love you x

Geoffrey Miller

June 5, 2020

I worked with Marilyn for many years in Radiology. She was a dedicated person, always doing everything asked of her and more. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with her.

Judy Johnston

June 2, 2020

We will always miss you Marilyn and remember your sweet courageous and loving spirit. ❤️ Heaven gained another angel.

Karen Taylor

June 2, 2020

My dearest friend of 30 years, I will miss your smiles, your advice, your knowledge and our very special friendship.

3000 miles away but you were always there for me and my family.

God bless sweet lady
Much Love
Karen xxxxxxx

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Mick and Jackie Brealey with Mom

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Mick and Jackie Brealey with Mom

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High School Cheerleaders - Linda Rich and Marilyn

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Jeffs High School Graduation Party; Jeffs hair is out of control

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