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Mildred E. (Brown) Johnston, 87, wife of Joseph W. Johnston of Vestry Street, Beverly, died Tuesday in Genesis Rehabilitation, Wakefield following her brief illness.
Born in Ipswich she was the daughter of the late Ellsworth and Sylvia (Malmborg) Brown.
Mildred was raised in Essex, a 1948 graduate of Gloucester High School and North Shore Community College.
Married in 1977 the Johnstons made their home at her late Beverly address. For more than 40 years, and until her retirement, she was employed as medical secretary at Massachusetts General Hospital. Mildred was a member of the Essex Grange #381, Order of the Eastern Star and longtime and active member of the First Universalist Church of Essex. Throughout these years she served as a volunteer in many both church and community projects.
In addition to her husband of 40 years she is survived by two stepsons, Kevin J. Johnston and his wife, Ruth A. of Wakefield, Brian M. Johnston and his wife, Marie of Stoneham; three grandchildren, Kimberly Minor and her husband, Christopher of Lynnfield, Brianna and Catrina Johnston, both of Stoneham; great-grandchildren, Victoria and Connor; two brothers, Albert and Carl Brown both of Essex; two sisters, Sylvia Martin of Essex and Edna Goudreault of Salem and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by a grandson, Eric Johnston formerly of Wakefield and a nephew, Steven Martin formerly of Essex.
Visiting hours will be Friday 9 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m. in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Interment will follow in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave Ste 800, NY, NY 10001. For directions or to leave a condolence, please visit whittier-porter.com.
Published on  November 29, 2017
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