Mary Jo (Dunbar) Johnston


Mary Jo Johnston, 76, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away January 3, 2012. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 am, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 6630 Nall, Mission, KS 66202. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Pastoral Care Ministry at St. Michael.

She was born February 7, 1935 in St. Joseph, Missouri, daughter of Harry and Grace Dunbar. She graduated from East Buchanan High School in Gower, Missouri and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Mary Jo was retired from Kansas University Hospital as a Dietetic Technician. She resided at Shawnee Gardens Nursing and Rehab Center for the last few years of her life.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Thomas G. Johnston. She is survived by her children, Vince (Cindy) Johnston, Leawood, Kansas and Renee (Jim) Sanders, Lenexa, Kansas, six grandchildren, Bryce, Aubrey, Emily, Caroline, Lauren and Mary Kate and one brother John D. (Jack) Dunbar and his wife Karin, Kansas City, Missouri.


  1. Melanie Stitz White on January 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I worked with Mary Jo as a Diet Tech in the late 80’s and early 90″s at KU Med. She is about the only one that did not laugh in my face at my Texas accent when I moved here. Mary Jo was a truly special lady. She and Tom invited me into their home and made me most welcome. We shared lots of laughs and a few tears through the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Melanie Stitz White

  2. Barbara Bruetsch-Cockrell on January 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I worked with Mary Jo for many years at KU Medical Center in the early ’80s and the ’90s. Mary Jo was always a friendly and helpful co-worker to me and others – always ready to lend a hand if someone was overworked. She visited me when I was in the hospital and always had something friendly and hopeful to say. I only have good memories of Mary Jo and she will remain in my prayers. I can also add that she loved her family very much and was always ready to talk about each and every one of them..

    Barbara Bruetsch-Cockrell

  3. Jon & Ann Gilleland on January 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Ann & I went to High School with Mary Jo in Gower. I was in her class of 1953 and Ann was in the class of 1954. Please accept our sincere condolences.
    God bless.

    Jon & Ann

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