Marianna "Annie" Pauline (Walker) Johnston, 77, of Leavenworth, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at her home. She was born March 12, 1936, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Junior Lewis and Edna May (Payne) Walker. She was a 1954 graduate of Leavenworth High School and attended the University of Kansas. She was a candidate for Leavenworth Centennial Queen in 1954. On Jan. 11, 1958, she married John H. Johnston III. He preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 2007. Prior to her marriage she worked at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and the Finance Office at Fort Leavenworth. After marriage, she and her husband moved to Topeka, returning to Leavenworth in 1960. She was a charter member of the Women's Associates of Saint Mary College, the Women's Division of the Leavenworth-Lansing Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Bill State Park Committee. She was the first president of the Leavenworth Junior Garden and Civic Club and was a member of the Leavenworth Jaycee Jaynes. For 15 years she was a member of the Leavenworth Park and Recreation Commission, being the first woman chairman. She was a member of the Commission at the time of development of the Buffalo Bill Park in Leavenworth. She also served on the Mayor's Advisory Committee which encouraged the city to acquire the park site of Pilot Knob. As a founding member and secretary of the Heartland Hunt, in 1960 she helped organize the hound pack that subsequently was incorporated into the Fort Leavenworth Hunt. She competed in the American Royal Horse Show in Kansas City in the 1960's and many local horse shows, while also instructing youth riders at Fort Leavenworth. She rode with the Fort Leavenworth Hunt and the Mission Valley Hunt. She was a member of the Philomathean Club and a longtime member of the Saint John Hospital Guild, serving as a board member and president of the Guild. She was a member of the Associates of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Mrs. Johnston worked with several charities, including the United Way and St. Vincent Clinic and was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Annie, as she liked to be called, was a former member of the Leavenworth Kansas and National Boards of Realtors. She was a Realtor for over 30 years. She grew prize winning roses and enjoyed bowling and walking, finishing first in her category in several local walking events. She and her husband co-published a book of prize winning Kansas recipes. She also helped in the publishing of her husband's books and that of several other authors. She is survived by her two daughters, Susan Marie Maquire of Lansing and Carrie Johnston of Leavenworth; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday July 5, 2013. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6th at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
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