Mary Christine Knowles Johnston

Sept. 21, 1930 –

Feb. 7, 2013

Mary Christine Johnston, 82, whose primary roles in life were caregiver and homemaker, went to her heavenly home on Feb. 7, 2013.  

Christine was born to George and Inez Knowles on Sept. 21, 1930 in Beaumont, Texas. She married Billy Clyde Johnston on Sept. 26, 1946 at the ripe old age of barely 16. Christine raised four children and was employed by Texas Instruments for 10 years during the 1960s. She served as a deacon at First Christian Church of Mineola before moving to Waxahachie and joining First Baptist Church of Waxahachie. She greatly enjoyed being a part of the Ellis County Singers.

Survivors include daughter, Linda Johnston Arage and husband, Philip of Waxahachie, daughter Brenda Johnston Partin and husband, Patrick of Cypress, Texas; son, Jay Keith Johnston and wife, Emerence of Kingwood, Texas; grandchildren, Jarrod Reed Erwin and wife, Laurel, Ryan Corbett Erwin and wife, Christina, Kimberly Renee Levicky and husband, Brett, and Stephanie Hope Arage;  great-grandchildren are Peyton Renee Erwin, Dylan Reed Erwin, Paris Alyse Erwin and Kingston Ryan Erwin. She is also survived by step-granddaughter, Amy Michelle Arage and her children: Charles Dylan Woods, Breanna Danyelle Woods and Rylan Clint Pannell. Survivors also include her brother, Tom Knowles and sisters-in-law Jimmie Herring and Annette Roberson.

Christine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and daughter, Sandra Sue Johnston.

Services to celebrate her life are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Waxahachie with Dr. Leroy Fenton officiating. Interment will follow at Shirley Cemetery near Sulphur Springs, Texas at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Waxahachie’s Mission Fund or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie.