McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


April 23, 2013

Ila Mae Johnston

McALESTER — Ila Mae Johnston, 93, of  McAlester, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at a local nursing center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Russell officiating. Burial will follow at the Memory Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1920, in McLoud to Millard E. and Minnie (Basinger) Cummings. She grew up in Greer County, near Mangum, and married John Leslie Johnston on June 11, 1938, in Greer County. They lived in that area 1954 and moved to McAlester  in 1963.  After a short time in Forgan, they returned to McAlester in 1984. She was a huge sports fan, having played basketball in her youth, and rarely missed a McAlester Buffalo sporting event.  She was also an excellent seamstress and enjoyed doing crafts.  She and her husband attended many church singing events where she was well known for her singing ability. She was a member of Frink Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law Carla House, of McAlester, and Helen and Charles Allison, of Henryetta; two sons and daughters-in-law, Leslie and JoAnn Johnston, of Beggs, Kenny and LaDonna Johnston, of McAlester; grandchildren, Julie Crosby and husband, Curtis, of Farmington, N.M., Marty House and wife, Kimberly, of McAlester, Michael House and wife, Lindsey, of McAlester, Matthew House, of Nevada City, Calif., Jeff Johnston and wife, Laurie, of St. Louis, Mo. Lance Johnston, of Edmond, Klint Johnston and wife, Stacie, of Ada, April Key, of McAlester; great-grandchildren, Drew House, Danny Crosby and wife, Debi, Derrick Crosby, Ashlynn Johnston, Kelley Johnston, Harley Key, Hunter Key, Aubrey House, Ambree House, Alivia Johnston, Isaac Johnston, Luke Johnston, Brooklyn Johnston, Levi Wilson and Jordan Prater; one great-great-grandchild Lily Nicole Crosby; one sister and brother-in-law, Joy and Carroll Walters, of Fort Smith, one brother and sister-in-law, John  E. and Sherrill Cummings, of Broken Arrow.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Leslie Johnston on Feb. 8, 1996; a grandson, Tim Allison; eight siblings, Irene Morris, Pauline Young, Syble Morris, Opal Hickman, Pearl LaCrosse, Warren Cummings, M. E. Cummings and Patsy Cummings; and a son-in-law, Steve House.

Pallbearers will be Julie Crosby, Curtis Crosby, Marty House, Michael House, Matthew House, Jeff Johnston, Lance Johnston, Klint Johnston and April Key.

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