OBITUARY

Norma Jean Johnston

August 8, 1930September 5, 2021
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Born August 8, 1930 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of J Clinton Beadle and Beryl (Bush) Gibbs, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021 at her home with her daughter and son-in-law.

Norma graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School on June 17, 1948. Afterwards, she attended Kalamazoo Community College, Western Michigan University, and Lansing Community College. She proudly obtained her Associate's degree in business on June 13, 1971. Norma was employed at the Haslett High School library and retired in 1991 after 19 years.

Norma loved writing children's stories. She attended several courses at The Institute of Children's Literature, Redding Ridge, CT. After graduating on December 21, 1998, she accomplished having several of her short stories and poems published.

Besides writing, Norma also enjoyed gardening, bowling, golf, crafting, and tap dance. She was a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Valerie (Steve) Looby; her son, Brian (Robin Cleveland) Johnston; half-sister, Dawn (Jeff) Sears; half-brother, Mark (Patty) Gibbs; half-brother, Terry Gibbs; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Norma in death were her parents and husband of 55 years, Richard.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 13, 2021 at 1:00PM with a one-hour visitation prior at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 205 E Middle St. Williamston. Interment will follow at Summit Cemetery in Williamston.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bill Harper
  • Jim Looby
  • Steve Looby
  • Terry Gibbs
  • Mark Gibbs
  • Jeff Sears

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 13, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

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Chris Clark

September 14, 2021

My condolences to all of Norma's family and friends. My wife Lyndsay and I regret not being able to attend the funeral, but we offer our thoughts and prayers to those who were closest to her, specifically her daughter (and my stepmother) Val. When I was just a toddler, my dad married into the Johnston family and I had the good fortune of becoming Norma's grandson. I remember going to their beautiful home in Williamston for special occasions, baking cookies and playing with her dogs. Admittedly, it wasn't until I read her eulogy that I understood how accomplished and artistic she was. I regret that I was not able to spend more time with her and that I didn't take more opportunities to share our mutual interests. I may have even let her beat me in a few rounds of golf! I had not seen Norma in many years, but Lyndsay and I (and our son Camren) were able to spend some some time with her this summer. I'm not sure she fully remembered me, but I was grateful to have the opportunity to introduce her to my family and her great-grandson. Even at 90 years old, it was remarkable how beautiful of a woman she was. It was not only good genes, but a testament to how well she was cared for in the years before her passing. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to know Norma and be part of her family. We were deeply saddened to hear about her passing, but we send our best wishes and pray for peace for her close family and friends during this difficult time.

Sue Ann Yovanovich

September 13, 2021

My sincerest condolences to Val & Brian & their families on the death of their mother, Norma.
Norma & I met at Haslett High School & become friends & golfing buddies!
Norma was a compassionate, caring, sincere, loving person. I loved spending time with her & after I moved back to Indiana, we continued to keep in touch & whenever I made it back to Michigan, I always visited with her. She was my best friend & I miss her.

Michelle Jenks-DeLeon

September 9, 2021

I have know Mrs Johnston since freshman year of high school. We had kept our friendship up until her passing. I am so blessed to have had her in our lives. Always a smile, positive and comforting words during difficult times. My family and myself and several schoolmates will miss her very much. Our condolences to Valerie and Brian and there entire families. She will always be very special to me💕

John Dragicevich

September 9, 2021

The last fond memory of Aunt Norma was on her birthday this past August. Her daughter Valerie had sent me a picture of Aunt Norma smiling over the bouquet of flowers she had received from me. Aunt Norma had such a beautiful smile with a twinkle in her eyes. She loved flowers and she loved life. She was such a kind, loving and beautiful human being. I will deeply miss our conversations over the phone. She is now at peace with God and I can speak to her whenever I want. I love you Aunt Norma.

Diana Terry

September 9, 2021

I loved being one of her AV aides my Junior and Senior years. She was an absolutely lovely person, inside and out.

Susan Bethea (Smith)

September 9, 2021

I was saddened to hear about Mrs Johnston's passing,while in school she was that one who brought I and my husband together. We have been married for 34 years now and we have 4 grown children (2 boys, 2 girls- the 2 in picture are our oldest son and daughter)

Kyle and Stephanie Kittleson

September 9, 2021

Our prayers of sympathy and for peace in your heart are with you. We enjoyed the years that we had with your Mom and Dad in our neighborhood. Their home was the center for our neighborhood to take action to preserve our quiet, peaceful, and safe place to live and raise children. We are forever thankful for that. Norma was a special woman that gave so much to her community. Now, the children in heaven will have a wonderful story teller to listen to. May she live forever in all of our memories. God rest her soul.
Kyle and Stephanie Kittleson
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September 9, 2021

Patricia Crummel

September 8, 2021

One of my favorite memories is when spending the night at Aunt Norma and Uncle Dicks, Aunt Norma would bring out a box of her old paper dolls and I would play with them for hours. She was always so loving .

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