Erma Johnston, 107, of Albany went to join her Savior early Friday morning August 26, 2022. Erma was the daughter of Garret and Effie (Odell) Mesman of the Tallman area. She moved to Albany with her parents and brother Merlyn in 1919 and lived there for the rest of her life.
Erma graduated from Albany High School in 1933 and on August 23 of the same year she married Erman Johnston of Albany and was married for 81 years until his death in 2014. They had 3 boys, Kenneth , Gary and Steven together.
Erma worked as a secretary in the Albany School District in Central, Calapooia and Takena until her retirement around 1974.
In 1980 they moved to Mennonite Village and lived there for the rest of their lives.
Erma and Erman spent 25 winters basking in the sun in Arizona. They were able to travel to the United States and Europe and took many cruises with friends.
Erma was a versatile housewife, cookie baker, hostess and listener. She was adored and loved by everyone. She will be missed by her sons, Gary (wife Janet) and Steven; 8 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Erma was predeceased by her husband, Erman; son, Kenneth; grandson, Keith; and his brother, Merlyn.
The family appreciates the wonderful care Erma has received at Mennonite Village Skilled Nursing Care over the past few years. She loved the staff and they treated her like a queen.
A memorial service will be held at City Church (formerly South Albany Community Church) on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 11 a.m.
Fisher Funeral Home is taking care of the arrangements.