Mary D. Johnston

Mary Dorthy Neal Johnston was born on April 9, 1925, to John Luther (Louie) and Mary A. R. (Herncall) Neal of Mullen, NE. She passed away at Pioneer Memorial Nursing home in Mullen on February 11, 2017, at the age of 91 years 10 months.

Dorthy married Frederick (Fred) Johnston September 10, 1942. Fred and Dorthy lived and worked for Fred’s dad on the North Loup River near Cascade, NE, before leasing a ranch on Goose Creek in 1948. They lived there until they purchased the Jones Ranch south of Thedford in 1962.

They were blessed with three children, James F., Jack R. and Barbara A. Dorthy was her children’s biggest fan attending their many ball games, track meets and rodeos.

Life for Dorthy and her husband changed drastically in 1966 when Fred was injured in a rodeo accident. Dorthy became Fred’s faithful caregiver for the remaining 12 years of his life. Fred and Dorthy made their home in North Platte where Fred continued therapy. In 1975 Dorthy was awarded the Eyes on Nebraska Award from the Nebraska Optometric Association for the courage and faith that had carried her through those years.

Dorthy was an active member of the Does Broken Bow Lodge service organization, Nebraska Cattlewomen’s and the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. After Fred’s death, Dorthy received her GED from Mid-Plains College. She had her own business selling Newton advertising specialties. She enjoyed traveling and meeting her customers. She also volunteered at the Lincoln County Historical Museum and the Jumble Shop. Dorthy was active in Beginning Experience, a faith-sharing group for Catholic singles. Faith and family were the important focused in Dorthy’s life.

Dorthy was preceded in death by husband, Fred; brothers, Joseph, Francis, Alois and James and sisters, Regina Brewer and Anna Crouse.

She is survived by Jim (Judy) Johnston, Jack (Gail) Johnston, all of Thedford; Barbara (Allen) Boyer of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, James Chad (fiancé’ Audra) Johnston, Jason (Jennifer) Johnston, Jeff (Kendra) Johnston, Joel (Bethany) Johnston, Jennifer (Keith) Norwood, David (Eva) Johnston, Will (Kim) Robinson, Bret Robinson, Matt Robinson, Katina Boyer, Jamee (James) Boyer, Cameron Sipowicz and 24 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. CDT at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mullen. Dorthy was laid to rest in Hillcrest Cemetery, Thedford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Thomas Catholic DDCW, Hillcrest Cemetery or Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home. Memorials may be sent to Jack Johnston, PO Box 189, Thedford, NE 69166.

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