Esther Suvada Johnston

September 26, 1951July 3, 2018

Esther Suvada Johnston, 66, of Davenport, Iowa passed away Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at The University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Services in celebration of her life will be held at Gospel Mission Temple 5074 N. Pine Street Davenport at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 10. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Memorials may be made to the family.

Esther was born in 1951 in Meridian, Mississippi to John and C. Ester Watts. She married DeCarlos Smith in 1969 in St. Louis, Missouri. He preceded her in death in 1992. She married Cornel Johnston in November, 1996 in St. Louis, Missouri. He preceded her in death on October, 23, 2011. Esther was employed as a printer at Mcgrall Hill. She was also a CNA and was the activity director at The Davenport Lutheran Home. She was a member of the Mothers Board at the Pentecostal Church of God and Christ. Esther loved to read, write, crochet and play solitaire and was also active in the church. She was a very giving, loving person and was always helping others. Her pride and joy were her family and friends and most of all she loved God.

Survivors include her daughters Audrey (Kisha) Humphries of Davenport and Ina Smith of St. Louis, Missouri; Son DeCarlos Smith of Davenport. Sisters Vanessa McKinney of Reynolds Berg, Ohio, Jane House of St. Louis, Missouri, and Sandy ( Jose) Linares-Trujillo of Columbus, Ohio; Brothers Kent Watts of Columbus, Ohio and Jaro House of St. Louis, Missouri, 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren who affectionately called her "Ganny". She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, 2 brothers John and Michael Watts, 2 sisters Margarete Little and Janette House.

Special thank you to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Compass Hospice for their care.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Esther Suvada Johnston

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Brother Glen VESEY

July 12, 2018

Praise the Lord family,
Sister Esther Johnston was a close friend of my wife.
Sister Colette Vesey, they work together in the missionary department ,went to morning Bible class at the Pentecostal Church Of God. Both are gone on to be with Lord, Thank you Jesus.. Praying for the family
Elder Glen Vesey.

Karen Honson

July 10, 2018

I knew Esther from having been her coworker at the Lutheran Home 15+ years ago. I remember her as a kind, patient and gracious woman. She talked about her family often. I enjoyed working with her years ago and felt that she brought a lot of value to what she did in the long term care community. Blessings to Esther's family.

Emily Mathews

July 9, 2018

Dear family of Esther,
What a joy Esther was! I was blessed to have known her for the last several years! Even in her last days, she was such a strong, brave woman. All my sympathies to you all!