Adele J. Johnston
1920 - 2020
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July 26, 1920 ˜ October 2, 2020

Adele J. Johnston peacefully passed away with her family by her side at the glorious age of 100. She was born in St. Peter, MN, to Peter and Christina Andring. Adele was the last of her generation of eight brothers and wives, and one sister. She grew up in Vancouver and La Center, WA, where she graduated. Merle and Adele raised their five children on their Sara farm. As her health declined, she finally moved to Kamlu for retirement, and then to an adult family home.
Adele had a heart of gold and treasured her family. In a heartbeat, she would help family, friends and neighbors. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and volunteering. Adele worked for Kamlu Retirement Center for 30+ years as a housekeeper, night manager and as hospitality greeter.
She belonged to ABWA, and volunteered for YWCA, the Pomeroy House, and helped the Church of Christ make scrumptious pies for the Clark County Fair. Adele served Ridgefield PTA for 24 years. She donated to the MS Society, FISH, YWCA and the Cancer Society.
Adele truly loved being the “cookie and juice lady” on the Bloodworks NW bloodmobile for years and was honored as Volunteer of the Year. For many years, Adele and neighbor, Kit Chapman, made strawberry shortcake for the Kamlu residents to visit their homes.
Adele’s family and relatives always shared holidays and many family visits. She was fortunate to travel with family, friends and the Friendship Force to Germany, Hawaii, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Bonaire and a beautiful Alaskan cruise.
Adele is survived by daughters, Molly Miner (Ken) and LouAnn Tabor (Jay); sons, Lyle Johnston and Miles Johnston (Lauretta); daughter-in-law, Sandy Johnston; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Merle; and loving son, Douglas.
Thank you for your comfort: Kaiser, Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital and the Heimbigner Hospice Center.
A family graveside service was held Oct. 14 at Northwood Park Cemetery, Ridgefield, WA, where Adele is resting beside Merle.
In lieu of flowers, Adele requested donations in her memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 375 Kings Highway N., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 or
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 20, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Johnston family on Adele's passing. I want to share an example of Adele's kindness that I will never forget and always treasure. Lou Ann and I were great buds in high school and I got to know Adele very well. Unfortunately, the year after I graduated my mom passed away in November and I really wasn't thinking of the upcoming Christmas at all. Lou Ann took me to her home and there Adele had made me a beautiful nightgown as a Christmas gift. I wore that gown forever and with it felt a mother's love. She was truly special.
Sue Judah Kangas
October 19, 2020
Adele, rest in peace sweet one. You lived a full life for sure, always thinking and caring for others. I will always remember the family dinner I attended at your farm when Molly invited me over after moving to Ridgefield to finish high school, such a loving family. Adele was one of the best women I ever had the privilege of knowing
Chris DeGagne
October 18, 2020
Mick and I so enjoyed our Adele as our wonderful neighbor since 1969. A second grandma to our girls from the time they were toddlers. For many years Adele, Kit and myself would have an annual outing to see a Broadway play in Portland followed by dinner. We have so many great memories that will keep her spirit alive in our hearts. Love and hugs to her family.
Mick and Loretta Kadow
October 18, 2020
Hugs and Condolences to all of you. She really was the sweetest. I remember one time while we were visiting she made the statement that she just really loved helping old people. Struck me funny because at the time I thought she was an old person. That was in our much younger years and it was probably just the gray hair. Loved her smile. Fond memories.
Joanne Knutson
October 18, 2020
Our dear sweet and always there Mom, We're happy you're with family in heaven. Our hearts are tender, but all of our memories will be daily. You were the most thoughtful, caring, and supportive parent ever. Kit left us a month earlier. I can just see you two making pies together in heaven. I look at the stars and wish you good night. Hugs and kisses. Love you forever, Molly
Molly Johnston Miner
October 18, 2020
I first met Adele over 50 years ago when her son Doug and I were roommates. Adele always had a smile for everyone. A heart of gold, God bless her.
Larry Kerle
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