In memory of
Marcia Johnston June 9, 1939 - July 5, 2021 Sacramento, California - Marcia Ann Johnston passed on July 5, 2021 from pancreatic cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Williams Frederick Thomas; stepfather, Thomas Chapman; mother, Rhea Hodgin-Thomas-Chapman; brothers, Gary Thomas and William Allan Thomas, and two aunts, Ruth Hodgin and Jeanne Meador. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Louisette Thomas of Post Falls, ID and cousin, Melissa Kelly of Indianapolis, IN, along with several nieces and nephews. Ms. Johnson was born in Centerville, ID, on June 9, 1939. She graduated from Yorktown High School and Ball State University, earning a teaching degree. After moving to Wichita, KS, Ms. Johnston was employed at McConnell Air Force Base. Following marriage to Paul Johnston, they moved to Sacramento CA. Following their divorce, Ms. Johnston graduated from American River College and earned a degree in Food Services. She also graduated from Golden Gate University Business School with a business degree. Always having had an interest in law, Ms. Johnston began her employment with several law firms in the area. She worked in that field for over 14 years. She ultimately began employment with the State of California and after working in several various departments, she ended up at the Department of General Services / Real Estate Services Division. Her last position was as an archivist working with the State Records Center. She was still employed at the time of her passing. Ms. Johnston was a person of varied interests. She participated in the Perennial Plant Club, the National Association of Railroad Passengers, the California Railroad Museum, and served as a Sacramento board member for RailPAC. She was also a member of Preservation Sacramento and served as a volunteer for historical home tours. She was also a serious gardener and planted her entire front yard with bulbs, perennials, seeds, salvias, and penstemon. Ms. Johnston worked with her neighbors to form a group known as "Friends of West Tahoe Park." This group greeted newcomers to the area and maintained the integrity of the neighborhood. Her deep faith played a very important role in her life. She was a serious Bible scholar and studied daily. She attended Capital Christian Center and ultimately attended and became a member of Fremont Presbyterian Church. Ms. Johnston's life will be celebrated at a memorial service on July 24, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento, CA. A reception will follow. A private graveside service will be held at East Lawn Memorial. In honor of Ms. Johnston, please consider a donation to the Salvation Army ( give.salvationarmyusa.org ) or to the Navigators ( Navigators.org/donate ).
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