OBITUARY

Arnetta Kae Johnston

August 12, 1953August 27, 2019
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Arnetta Kae “Arnie” Johnston, of Belton, MO, age 66, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Arnetta was born August 12, 1953 to Frances Lee (Carnahan) and Billy Harold Johnston. She is survived by her three brothers and their families: Michael W. Johnston (Colleen), Phillip D. Johnston (Carol), Richard G. Johnston (Natalie). Her nieces and nephews include: Corey Johnston, Craig Johnston, Liz Page, Cindy Johnston, Rachel Johnston, Kortney Johnston, and Jimmy York, as well as several great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles and numerous friends.

She was a 1971 graduate of Ray-Pec School District. She was active in the Art Club and participated in the 4-H program. In 1976, she graduated from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri, with a BS in Secondary Education. Arnie was popular on campus with both the faculty and fellow students. She received her Masters in Business Administration in 1986 from Avila College. In May of 2008, she completed the program for Theological Education from the School of Theology, the University of the South.

Arnetta worked for Honeywell (Bendix Corporation) for 30 years. Among the positions she held were in the IT and Human Resource departments. In 1988, the American Business Women’s Association named her Woman of the Year. After retirement, she went to work for St. Luke Hospital in Lee’s Summit where she worked in registration. She also worked at St. Mary Magdeline as the church secretary.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her maternal and paternal grandparents and her paternal aunt and uncle.

Arnetta was an animal lover, having recused several dogs over the years. She loved to do handwork, read, and watch cooking shows. Arnetta’s strong will carried her through the many challenges she faced. Despite the many obstacles she endured throughout her life, she lived life to the fullest. She was strong willed, in a meaningful and positive way. Her motto was “We will figure it out.”

Services will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at McGilley and George in Belton, Missouri from 6 PM to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Wayside Waifs 3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137.

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Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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Charlene Loyd

September 5, 2019

How am I going to go through the rest of my life without you giving me your opinion, telling me a better way to do something, or telling me the way I am doing it is wrong. Not sure how I will struggle through, but like you always say, "I'll figure it out." See ya later!!!!!

Anet Stevens

September 4, 2019

Such a dear woman. I met Arni when we joined a new church in KC. Her patience, drive, and persistence steered our church community through many administrative challenges. She kept the social calendar going, and opened her heart to so many ministries. Though we gave her ample opportunity to be frustrated, she never seemed to mind taking care of everything. My toddler son played with his hot wheels in her office while I was in meetings with church staff. Her calm spirit, and kind heart made us all better Christians. My sympathies to Arni's family and dear friends.

Mary Jane Phillips

September 4, 2019

Arnetta and I both worked in IT at Bendix/AlliedSignal/Honeywell. I took early retirement after 25 years of service in 1999. We both taught mainframe classes before PC’s came into our lives. I always admired her spirit and wanted her to have a happy life. Mary Jane Phillips Maslanka

Alice Marie Stevens

September 4, 2019

“Hi, I’m Arni. Can I help you?” With these words I met Arnetta our freshman year of college. Over the many years of our close friendship, I have witnessed her service to others in so many ways. I am so blessed to call Arnetta my friend. I will miss her very much.

Liz Page

September 2, 2019

I will forever remember the many weekends spent with my wonderful Aunt Arni growing up. You taught me the proper way to make egg salad and tuna salad. Hahahaha!!! Hot air balloons and butterflies always make me smile and think of you and even more so now. You taught me how important it is to listen to others and try not to judge, for it's not our place. I love you for the rest of my life, and hope we will meet again.

Sondy Gruetze

September 2, 2019

Wow, how shocked I was to learn of Arnie's passing. What a privilege it was to have her as a friend. I am so blessed that God saw fit to bring us into one anothers lives almost 50 years ago now. She has been a true friend & confidant, and will be greatly missed. She inspired me as I know she did others. A mutual friend reminded me of how wonderful it must be for her now in Heaven...no more earthly limitations or pain upon her body! This brought me great joy. So if you are sad as I was at the lose of such a beautiful friend/loved one...just think of how Happy she must be today free from the handicaps & pain of this earthly body...it will surely put a smile on your face as well.

Tammy Wilson

September 1, 2019

Arni was an inspiration to many of us. She was kind, sweet, smart, strong in her faith, and very FUNNY! She will he missed by many!! I have many memories of her I will always cherish!

Sherry Covington

August 31, 2019

I knew Arnetta long time also. I worked at Bendix..etc for many years too. But also remembering visiting with her in Belton ..me and friend Sharon Sage. I know Arnetta was active in her church too. She will be missed so much by her family and friends.

Debbie Raby

August 29, 2019

Arnetta was such a nice person. We had a lot of good times during our high school days. She was an incredibly strong person that I admired very much. May all the great memories of her help the family through this difficult time. Rest in peace my friend.

Stephen Zvacek

August 29, 2019

Worked with Arny for severals years at Bendix/Allied/Honeywell. One of the nicest persons I knew there.

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