Bernice "Rosie" Johnston

November 11, 1918January 6, 2014

Bernice Johnston, 95, a longtime resident of San Angelo, passed away on January 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Born in Ada, Oklahoma on November 11, 1918, Rosie graduated from Ropesville, TX High School where she played on the basketball team. She graduated from Texas Technological College in Lubbock with P.E. and Spanish as her major and Education as a minor.

Rosie is survived by her daughters Carolyn Johnston Frost and her husband, Eldon, of McKinney, Texas and Janice Johnston Williston and her husband, Chris, of Austin; four grandchildren and their spouses, Julie Frost Ausere’ and husband, Mike of Hartford, Connecticut, Laura Frost Stevenson and husband, Steve, of Greenville, South Carolina, Erin Williston Bloss and husband John of Austin, and Christopher Williston VI and wife, Michelle of Austin. Rosie, affectionately known as “Nanny” by her grandchildren, is also survived by twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, including Billy Johnston of Water Valley, Texas and Dr. Gary Rose of the Houston area.

Mrs. Johnston was married to the late Charles M. Johnston. Together they owned and managed Johnston’s Homestead Supply in San Angelo for many years. She worked for the San Angelo Standard Times during WWII, taught school in Water Valley, Texas and substituted in the San Angelo ISD. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, San Angelo.

Mrs. Johnston moved to Austin in the mid-1990s and was a resident of The Renaissance Senior Residence and The Summit at Lakeway.

Services are at 11:00 A.M. Thursday January 9, 2014 at the chapel of First United Methodist Church of San Angelo with a reception at the church to follow.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church, 37 E. Beauregard Ave. San Angelo, TX 76903, Heart to Heart Hospice, 4009 Banister Lane, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78704 or the charity of your choice.

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  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 9, 2014
  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bernice "Rosie" Johnston

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David & Carolyn Bloss

January 12, 2014

Janice, Carolyn ... we're grieving along with you and your families for your loss. Rosie was a very sweet lady, and precious to us because she was precious to you.

Elizabeth Williams

January 11, 2014

Carolyn and Janice, now Rosie & Charlie and Mary & Tommy are together again telling old San Angelo stories!! My mom, Mary Pendleton, died December 18th. Two beautiful new Angels! Love & peace,

Janice Smith Rogers

January 9, 2014

Carolyn, May God bless you, your sister Janice, and all of both of your families as you remember with fondness and love the moments a child shares with her mother and grandmother. May God bless your hurting hearts and heal the pain of your sorrow. May He comfort you as only He can with His loving tenderness.

January 8, 2014

Carolyn and Janice,
How blessed to have your mother these many years! You'll miss her, but see her again one day!

RosaLee Mitchell

January 8, 2014

My sympathy to all for the loss of my Aunt Bernice, my mother's younger sister and the last of her generation in my family. I knew her first when I was a young child and she a young woman, during WWII. That she is much missed is a tribute to her long and influential life. She surely has left a rich legacy to a loving family.

Jan Crofcheck

January 8, 2014

So sorry for the loss of your mother. I know she will be terribly missed. I hope yor healing time will pass quickly