Ella Gene (Foglesong) Johnston

December 21, 1925 ~ January 18, 2021 (age 95)


JOHNSTON, Ella Gene – formerly of Chesaning, died Monday, January 18, 2021 at her residence. She was 95 years of age.

Gene was born December 21, 1925 in Shepherd, MI to the late George and Ella (Tomlinson) Foglesong. She had attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Chesaning.

Gene was married for over 60 years to dear husband Elton Johnston. Together they raised their family in Chesaning. She was the loving mother of Roger (Beth) Johnston of Frankfort, Rita (Randy) Berndt of Owosso, Gail (Glenn) Currin of Bloomfield Hills, Keith (Mary) Johnston of Frankfort, and Jill Johnston of Chesaning. She will be missed by her nine grandchildren: Todd Johnston, Polly Johnston, Amber (Courtney Smith) Berndt, Mark (Amanda) Berndt, Laura (Kelhem) Salter, Lindsey Currin, Alex Currin, Garrett Johnston and Blake Johnston; and seven great-grandchildren, Emersen and Ellery Berndt, Sarah and Zachary Johnston, Maya Salter and Jerrod and Maicyn Berndt. Gene is also survived by a loving family of brothers’ and sisters’ in-laws and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by two brothers, Dewayne and Frank Foglesong, daughter in-law Janet Johnston, and beloved husband, Elton.

Gene was an avid gardener and bird watcher, having grown up on a farm. She was caring, devoted and kind. She will be remembered for her loving nature, sly wit and sense of humor. The family is grateful for the caregivers and hospice professionals for their care of and compassion toward Gene. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1629 Brady Street Chesaning, Michigan 48616 or Junction of Hope, 4136 Pete Road, Chesaning MI 48616. You may light a memorial candle or share a memory at

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