Eileen C. Johnston 1926-2022


Last updated 9/1/2022 at 10:59am

Eileen C. Johnston, 96, died on Aug. 21, 2022. She was born April 3, 1926, in Seattle, to parents Earl and June (Cheadle) Lightner.

Eileen and Robert Trenton Fortin married in Seattle in 1945 and bought their first home in Edmonds in 1956, where they raised their two daughters, Pamela (Fortin) Johnson, Portland; and Denise (Fortin) Kennedy, Sacramento, California; and where Eileen continued to live until her death.

In 1980, Eileen married Albert G. Johnston (deceased 2000). In addition to her surviving daughters, Eileen leaves four grandchildren (Kimberly and Erik Kennedy and Rachele (Johnson) Schainker and Zachary Johnson; eight great-grandchildren; her brother, Harvey Lightner (deceased 1982); sons Jim and John Lightner; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Eileen was recognized for her leadership as president and vice president of the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club between 1999-2003. Additionally, she was acknowledged for her presentation to the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce in 1992 about the history of the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club, whose objective has always been to beautify the city of Edmonds through flowers, painting, and horticulture.

She was also active in the Mill Creek Garden Club. She loved her home, garden, and travel. Eileen traveled four of the seven continents of the world. She journeyed in her RV across 50% of the United States and Canada, and enjoyed traveling to Mexico.

Those who wish to remember Eileen may make contributions to the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club. No services will be held at the request of Eileen Johnston. Burial: Edmonds Memorial Cemetery.


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