Obituary - Jayne Johnston

Jayne Johnston

Former Jackson resident Jayne Johnston died May 30 at Kendal at Granville, a retirement community in Granville, Ohio. She was 87.

Her family provided the following.

Raised in Newark, Ohio, Jayne married her life partner of 68 years, Dick Johnston. She was instrumental in Dick’s career as partner and confidante while remaining the center and anchor of their family of four children in Granville.

Jayne was an excellent judge of character, a deeply loyal friend and a devoted mother, GiGi and life partner. She enjoyed traveling, designing and building homes, visiting Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and spending one-on-one time with her grandchildren.

She will be remembered as a humble philanthropist, always working to better the communities where she lived. Jayne respected all people, regardless of means, and was present in the lives of each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was deeply loved by her family and the countless people who came to know her.

With her love of her adopted Wyoming, Jayne was instrumental in the establishment of the Community Safety Network and was a longtime board member and supporter of the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust. She was an important part of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and was a founding and continuing co-challenger of Old Bill’s Fun Run. Jayne also generously supported St. John’s Medical Center, the Teton Pines Country Club Scholarship Fund, National Museum of Wildlife Art and a host of other entities she deeply believed in.

In 2015, Jayne and Dick moved back to Granville from Jackson Hole. Residing at Kendal at Granville, Jayne made many new friends in addition to many close friends from the past. Jayne enjoyed Kendal, the dinner club and the wonderful staff she consider friends. Most of all, she loved spending simple moments with her life partner, caregiver and best friend, Dick.

Jayne is survived by her husband, Dick; children David (Molly) Johnston, Leslie (James) Reesing and Chris (Lisa) Johnston; grandchildren Amber, Park, Courtney, Allison, Ian, Paige and Ryan; and great-grandchildren Celia Jayne, Leo, Kemp and Marlie.

She was born in Uhrichsville, Ohio, to the late John L. and Evva Hand. In addition to her parents Jayne was preceded in death by her son Jay Johnston and brothers William and James Hand.

The family will honor Jayne’s life with private services.

Online condolences may be left at Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, OH 43058.


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