LINDA JOAN JOHNSTON (nee Abbott)

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of Linda Joan
Johnston, 54, of Rainy River, Ont.
    After a courageous battle with cancer, Linda peacefully left this Earth for
Heaven on Thursday, August. 2, 2007.
    Linda was born in Emo, Ont. on November 13, 1952 to Mabel and Gar Abbott.
    She was the youngest of five children and spent her early years living and
attending grade school in Barwick, Ont.
    In 1965, the family moved to Sioux Narrows where she finished public school. She then attended high school in Kenora.
    Linda enjoyed working with people and that became very evident as she took a number of jobs in the service industry. As a teen she worked at The Snack House in Sioux Narrows. She also worked at numerous tourist camps.
    When her parents bought a café in Rainy River in 1975 she moved with them and worked there until it was sold.
    She later worked at the CN Hotel tending bar. Her love of people made her
many friends along the way, including people from far away that came here
every year to hunt and to visit, always stopping by to see their “favourite
bar tender” from Rainy River, even up to this year.
    About 20 years ago, Linda took an office management course in Rainy River.
From that she did a two week job placement at the Rainy River Record. Two
weeks turned into a career that evolved from a receptionist to a full-time
sales representative for the company. Her flair for talking to people and
her wide network of friends and acquaintances proved to be a huge asset to
the Record and its readers.
    Linda’s love for people did not stop when she went home at the end of the
day. She dearly loved her family, especially her daughter, Kelly, whom she
raised on her own for a number of years.
    Then in 1996, she met a special someone with whom she would spend the rest of her years here with, loving him truly. Robert Johnston of Thunder Bay met her and almost immediately they fell in love.
    In 1998 they were married and together have shared many wonderful experiences. It wasn’t too many years later that their first grandchildren came along.
    Linda loved being a grandma to Perry, Gabby, Zander, Jessica and Mya.
Unfortunately baby Zander was taken from this Earth early on, but Grandma
Linda is with him now giving him even more love.
    Linda is survived by her husband Bob Johnston, daughter Kelly Abbott-of
Winnipeg, step-son Allan Johnston (Robyn) of Thunder Bay, her mom Mabel
Abbott of Rainy River, brother Don Abbott of Logan Lake, B.C., sister Jennette Cross of Rainy River, grandchildren Perry and Mya Lachance of Winnipeg. and Gabby and Jessica Johnston of Thunder Bay. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews from all across Canada.
    Linda was predeceased by her father Gar Abbott, her grandson Zander
Lachance, sister Jean Halcrow and brother Cecil Abbott.
    Linda thoroughly enjoyed making a difference in her community. She has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 54 for decades and has served on the executive in many capacities including first vice-president this year.
    It is safe to say she loved the Legion with all her being and believed in
the organization’s strong convictions to improve the community as well as
help out children seeking financial assistance.
    Linda also worked very hard fund raising for the Kenora-Rainy River chapter
of the Alzheimer Society. She helped coordinate the annual “Walk for
Memories,” the Alzheimer’s Coffee Break and the annual “A Dinner to
Remember.”
    Linda also worked hard as a member of the Women of the Moose in Baudette. The charitable organization’s main focus is to help out children, especially orphans. Linda served in many offices there and in 1994 became Senior Regent, the highest post possible in the local club.
    Linda also enjoyed doing hand crafts such as crocheting and knitting, making
something special for each of her grandchildren when they were born.
    Linda’s life was celebrated at a memorial service August 8, 2007 at the Rainy River Legion Hall. Pallbearers were Walter Selman, Allan Johnston, Art Selman and Stan Selman. Honourary Pall Bearers were all her nephews, nieces and grandchildren.
    Officiating the service was the Rev. Barb Miller.    
    A Legion Service were incorporated into the service.
    The Women of the Moose also performed a special ritual in honour of Linda.
Northridge Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
    Linda will be interred at the Barwick Cemetery at a later date.

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