Betty C. Johnston 87, of rural Reinbeck, Iowa, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer, Iowa. Funeral service and burial will be held privately by the family. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
Betty was born on October 23, 1928 in Tama County, Iowa to her parents Lester "Mike" and Nettie (Mason) Overturf. She was raised on the family farm in the Elberon area. She attended elementary school at Oneida # 2 and high school in Elberon. She then continued her education at a Cedar Rapids beauty school and became a licensed beautician. Before her marriage she owned and operated her own beauty shop in Traer, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Wilford Johnston on July 12, 1950 at the Congregational Church in Traer. Together they welcomed three children into their family.
She was a longtime member of the Amity United Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening and tending her lawn. Her true joy in life came from spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty is survived by her children Linda (Alan) Peters of Traer, Jeff (Wena) Johnston of Reinbeck, Cathy (Mark) Rollins of Cedar Falls; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother Robert Overturf and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Wilford.