Kathie Pressnell Johnston
Kathie Pressnell Johnston

Obituary of Kathie Ann Pressnell Johnston

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Kathie Ann (Pressnell) Johnston died of natural causes on 8-12-22 at Lewis Gale Hospital in Salem, VA. She was born March 8, 1948, in Findlay, Ohio. She is proceeded in death by her parents Robert and Mary Kathryn Pressnell


Kathie graduated from Findlay H.S. class of 1966. She attended Bowling Green University for one year and then transferred to Findlay College where she earned a degree in Elementary Education and graduated in 1971. She was an elementary school teacher for 30 years having taught in Stafford County, VA; Gainesville, Ga. and Roanoke City schools. She retired from Roanoke City schools in 2014.


After college Kathie moved to Fredericksburg, VA to begin her teaching career. It was there that she met her future husband James W. Johnston, who was attending the USMC Officer Candidate school at Quantico, VA. They married in 1974 and lived at Camp Lejuene, NC. After completing military service, they lived in Gainesville, GA, Charleston, WV and then transferred to Roanoke, VA. They celebrated 48 years of marriage.  She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teaching sorority and a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, where she was a church greeter.


Kathie is survived by her husband James (Jim) W. Johnston and two sons, James Ryan Johnston and his wife Courtney and grandsons Jacob Mason and Isaac Lee.

Her son Robert Andrew (Andy) Johnston and his wife Hunter and grandsons James Grayson and William Walker. She is survived by one sister Cindy Metzger and her husband Joe; her brother-in-law Bob Johnston and his wife Cathy, her mother-in-law Isabella Johnston of West Virginia and many nieces and nephews. 


Kathie and Jim loved and enjoyed family and friends. They were able to travel throughout Europe, Mediterranean and Caribbean Islands, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand and throughout the United States.


A service of Remembrance will be held at August 18th, 4pm at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 6011 Merriman Rd. Roanoke, Va. 24018.

Those who wish to remember Kathie in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the American Kidney Fund or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home Electric Road Chapel. (540)632-4200.


Service of Remembrance

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Church of the Holy Spirit
6011 Merriman Road
Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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Kathie Pressnell Johnston

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Kathie Pressnell Johnston

1948 - 2022

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