Obituary of M. Frances Johnston
In celebration of a life well lived, the family of Frances (Kilfoil) Johnston announces her peaceful passing on March 14, 2020 at Rocmaura Nursing Home, Saint John, NB. Born on October 20, 1921 in Johnville, NB, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Mary Catherine (Crain) Kilfoil.
She will be remembered for being a tireless volunteer at many events, including the CWL, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Epsilon Y’s Menettes’ Club. Frances will be remembered for being an exceptionally hard worker, with her knitting, sewing, quilting, and baking – hence the nickname "Gramma Cookie". She welcomed and entertained, any and all company, and could prepare a delicious meal at a moment’s notice. Her interest in all ages, and her listening ear to many, was reflected in her multitude of visits, calls and letters from near and far.
Frances is survived by her only sister, Margaret McHarg; two sister-in-laws, Anna Kilfoil (deceased Gerald) and Peggy Kilfoil (deceased Murray); her four children, Patricia Mabey, Dan Johnston (Rosemary), Joe Johnston (Joan) and Rob Johnston (Tracey); eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; multiple nieces and nephews; as well as her dear friend, Marg Gorman.
She will now be reunited with her husband of 57 years, Clarence J. Johnston; daughter, Marie Johnston, who died in 2019; as well as her five brothers, Bill, Gerald, Raymond, Harold and Murray Kilfoil.
Frances was a beautiful person, that led a beautiful life, always content and felt blessed. She loved her friends, family and faith unconditionally. In her words, she never expected to live "this" long. One of her many quotes that we will recall fondly, is her genuine thank you for every item, especially a bag of potatoes, "this will do me out", said with a smile.
At this time, due to the current health recommendations pertaining to large gatherings, the funeral mass and reception will be held at a later date in the spring. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Martin Kilfoil Memorial Fund, The Newburg Cemetery Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.