OBITUARY

Janice Pridgen Johnston

October 4, 1927July 8, 2018

Volunteerism and community service combined with a generous helping of will and determination were hallmarks of Janice Pridgen Johnston's long life. She was born in the front bedroom of her parents' home in Wilmington, NC on October 4, 1927 and joined her husband, Archie Johnston, and many friends and family in heaven on July 8, 2018. During her 90 years of unselfish service on this earth, she showed us in so many "behind the scene" ways how to serve. Beginning with her 22 years of service as an Army wife, she showed us how the spouse of an active duty soldier serves, even though not in battle herself. She was an active volunteer at daughters Debbie and Donna’s elementary through high schools' clinics as a grey lady. During Donna's years at the newly opened Lincoln High School, Jan and Archie could be seen during the rival Leon/Lincoln football games sitting on one side of the stadium for one half of the game and moving to the other side during the second half as they were supporters of both girls and of both schools! Jan enjoyed volunteering her time in the East Hill Baptist Church library and was the Treasurer of the Mary Lou Tindall Sunday School class for many years. She also spent well over 35 years (almost 14,000 hours!) as a pink lady in the Women's Auxiliary at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. When Archie was asked to help get the Lifeline program up and running at TMH, Jan began volunteering with him. The two of them would climb in his Ford Ranger and travel up and down North Florida and South Georgia highways installing Lifeline units. She loved meeting those families and hearing their stories and she never, ever, forgot a name or a face!

Her grandchildren and her great grands were tops among the many joys of her life and she could always be counted on to be on the sidelines of many a crew regatta, baseball and soccer games, a dance recital or school graduation. She supported any fundraising event they brought her way and had the wrapping paper and magazine subscriptions to prove it!

Jan's last two years as a resident of Westminister Oaks found her in that same mode of service. There she enjoyed making new friends, taking a personal interest in each of them. She thoroughly enjoyed the music programs at the Maguire Center and didn't miss a Town Hall meeting where she could stay abreast of the current events, encouraging her neighbors to "get involved"! She faithfully remembered birthdays and made sure to send cards to everyone on her list - even while hospitalized, she insisted that one of her daughters make sure those cards made it in the mail in time for the person to receive their card! Her Christmas list was a mile long and up until the last few years, she meticulously wrote a personal note on each one of them, cherishing the friendships those cards represented.

Jan is survived by her daughters, Debbie Johnston Arnold (Robert) and Donna Johnston Bixler (John), her four grandchildren, Luke Bixler (Juli), Diana Bixler, David Arnold and Radik Arnold as well as three great-grandchildren, Noah and Eleanor Sheppard and Aubree Jane Bixler. She loved her nieces and nephews in Wilmington (Linda, Daisy, Nell, Donnie, Sandy and Mike and their extended families) like her own and leaves behind so many good friends and colleagues.

Her service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 14, at East Hill Baptist Church, 912 Miccosukee Road in Tallahassee with a reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall. Graveside interment at Culley's MeadowWood at 700 Timberlane Road will follow the reception. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to East Hill Baptist Church or the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Animal Therapy Program at https://www.tmh.org/services/animal-therapy or by calling 850-431-5368.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Janice Pridgen Johnston

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Ginger TRESSEL

July 18, 2018

Dear Donna and Debbie,
Tom and I just learned of your mother's passing and we want to send our heartfelt condolences. We remember how wonderful your parents were when my mother needed Lifeline and how much fun they made the setup. Mother was not happy to have this happen to her but Jan & Archie made the whole process much easier to accept. We also have enjoyed owning the home on Hi Lo Way. It is so evident that much thought and care was taken to build and care for the home. We are striving to do the same.

We know you miss your parents! The Bible identifies death as the "last enemy", and truly it is. However, because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we have the hope of the resurrection.(John 5:28,29) What undeserved kindness God has extended to all of us! Take care, cherish your memories.

Sincerely,
Tom and Ginger Tressel

Bruce Ferris

July 13, 2018

Jan was a special woman of grace and dignity. She was an equal partner with Archie in their loving service to others during their years of marriage. I first met Jan and Archie through her daughter Debbie Arnold. They would come by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to visit with Debbie on their way to installing Lifeline units for families in North Florida and South Georgia. I later learned this was but one way Jan and Archie served their God, community and family. The love this family had for one another was obvious and their visits to our office brought warmth, laughter and joy. I can only imagine the happiness Jan and Archie’s service to others brought them. They truly provided a Christian example for us. I believe The Apostle Paul had Jan and Archie in mind when the said: “Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us.” (Philippians 3:17) I always felt Jan esteemed others more highly than herself. She took a special interest in you and truly listened to what you had to say. She was thoughtful, kind and yet a lady of great strength and resolve. I know Jan’s faith in the Lord was important to her and her actions in life were a testimony to that truth. Although my heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to Debbie and the family, I pray they are comforted to know Jan is reunited with Archie and the God they so faithfully served.

Diana Bixler

July 11, 2018

Z N

July 9, 2018

Our Loving Heavenly Father provides peace, strength and comfort during this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

FROM THE FAMILY