Mary Margaret was born in Memphis, Tennessee to John Philip and Mary Margaret Storck. After a childhood in Greenhills, Ohio, she returned to Memphis to attend Rhodes College where she graduated with honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation she married Will Johnston and they spent 56 loving years together before his death.
Mary Margaret continued her education receiving her master’s degree from Old Dominion University and a graduate certificate in library science from Louisiana Tech University. In her career as an educator, she taught high school English in Tennessee and Maryland and was an instructor in the College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
She and Will spent 20 years in Salisbury, MD where they enjoyed gardening together and leading the Delmarva Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. Mary Margaret was also a docent at The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. In 2003 Mary Margaret and Will retired to Houston and became active members of the Terrace at West University (now Brookdale). For their last nine years together, Mary Margaret supported Will in his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Following Will’s death she remained in the community, and was known as a cheerful dining companion, caring friend, and the deliverer of late-night birthday cards.
A devout Episcopalian, she was a member of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross and attended St. Stephens Church, Houston. She is survived by her son Will Tad Johnston and his wife Kimberly of Washington, DC, daughter Mary Margaret Johnston Roberts and her husband Bryan of Houston, grandchildren Leslie Roberts Dressler and her husband Ronnie, David Roberts and his wife Susan, and great grandchildren Travis Dressler and Samuel and Isabelle Roberts.
She will be interred at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in a family ceremony.
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