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Sandy Johnston

February 21, 1942 — August 23, 2020

Sandy Johnston, 78, of Lenox, Iowa, formerly of Corning, Iowa, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2020, at Vintage Park, Lenox, Iowa. Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 27, 2020, at the Corning United Methodist Church, with Pastor LeAnn Robine officiating. The service will be livestreamed via facebook at Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Corning, Iowa. Open viewing will be 2:00 – 7:00 P.M., with family receiving friends 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, 701 7th Street, Corning, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Vintage Park – Memory Care Unit; Corning United Methodist Church; and/or the Corning Volunteer Fire Department. Memories may be shared at
Sandra “Sandy” Rae Johnston, the daughter of Harold Wilbur and Watona Grace (Paul) Nevius, was born February 21, 1942 in Corning, Iowa. She attended Corning Community Schools and participated in the American Legion Girls State in 1959. Sandy graduated from Corning High School with the Class of 1960. Following graduation, she attended cosmetology school in Des Moines, Iowa for a short time. Sandy was united in marriage to Carl Johnston on October 16, 1960, at the Corning United Methodist Church. Two daughters were born to bless this Union: Debbie and Diane.
Sandy was a homemaker while her daughters were in school. Beginning in 1968, Carl and Sandy operated the Johnston Skelly Service Station. In 1989, they built the Johnston Texaco Station and operated it until 2002. After her retirement, Sandy would babysit Charlie Larson until she was old enough to attend school.
Sandys biggest joy in life was anything involving her grandkids. She tried to attend all of her grandkid’s events and school activities. Volunteering was a big part of Sandy’s life. She helped with many community events including “Meals on Wheels” and the “Doctor’s Dash”. In her younger years, Sandy was a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader. Sandy was an avid contributor to the Adams County Fair.
Sandy attended the Corning United Methodist Church and was a member of the Mary Martha Circle. She was a member of the “Red Hat Ladies” and a bridge club.
Left to cherish Sandy’s memory are her daughters: Debbie (Jamie) Hogan, Corning, Iowa; Diane (Gene) Payne, Prescott, Iowa; grandchildren: Chelsey (Rob) Pangburn, Springville, Iowa; Paul (Katie) Hogan, Corning, Iowa; Megan (Ryan Peterson) Payne, Pleasantville, Iowa; James (Emalie) Hogan, Malvern, Iowa; great-grandchildren: Parker, Natalie, and Mitch Pangburn; Jackson, Hadley, and Payton Hogan; Issabelle Hogan; Peterson twins on the way; sister: Mary Lee (Bill) Brenton, Anita, Iowa; sisters-in-law: Violet (Bob) Hackett, Merrimac, Wisconsin; Ramona Gaskill, Omaha, Nebraska, Judy Templeton, Papillion, Nebraska; Patti Johnston, Omaha, Nebraska; aunt: Jean Nevius, Corning, Iowa; many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Sandy in death were her parents; husband, Carl; mother and father-in-law: Juanita and Paul Johnston; brothers-in-law: Ivan Templeton; Stanley Johnston; Ronald Gaskill; uncles: John Nevius; Donald Nevius; Squirt Paul and Claude Paul; aunts: Gloria Paul and Cleda Paul.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center - Corning

701 7th Street, Corning, IA 50841

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Corning United Methodist Church

901 Nodaway Street, Corning, IA 50841

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

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