Virginia's Story

GHENT - Virginia C. Rackliff Johnston, died peacefully on Monday, June 1st, 2015, from a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was lovingly cared for at the Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie, NY., whom the family expresses much appreciation.

She was born on November 2, 1926, grew up and schooled in Easton, Me. She later graduated from University of Maine, and also Clark University in Worcester, Ma, with studies in social work.

She moved back to Easton, Maine and married Henry S. "Tim" Johnston, who predeceased her in 1977. They are survived by their beloved children: Christina of St. Albans, VT., Peter of Auburn, ME., Joel of Richland, NY., and her favorite, Andrew, of Valatie, NY. and her brother, William Rackliff of Farmington ME. She also had five grandchildren.

In 1981, she became a full-time evangelizer of Jehovah's Witnesses, volunteering 70 - 90 hours a month to a work she loved. Those who knew her described her as always busy. In college, she played in an all women jazz band. She continued being a musician, poet composing many songs about her faith. Friends were always welcome to her home to enjoy music, laughter and a meal. She was constantly traveling to visit friends and family as far away as Saipan, in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific.

Family and friends are invited to memorial services that will begin at 2:30 pm on Sunday, June 7, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1169 route 9, Castleton, NY, 12033. Family friend Brother Melvin Fletcher of Auburn, ME., will preside over the service.
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