Helen T. Johnston, 78

On board of private school

August 17, 2007

Helen T. Johnston, a homemaker and former private-school board member, died Tuesday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Pinehurst resident was 78.

The former Helen Toulson was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. She was a 1946 graduate of Roland Park Country School and earned a bachelor's degree in French from Russell Sage College.

Mrs. Johnston, a longtime Pinehurst resident, had served on the board of Roland Park Country School for many years.

She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and spending time at a second home in Eastville, Va. She often opened the historic 17th-century home for Virginia Garden Club tours.

She had been an active member of the Maryland Historical Society and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.

Mrs. Johnston was a member of the Mount Vernon Club, Elkridge Club and Baltimore Country Club.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

Surviving are a son, John Edward Johnston III of Glen Arm; three daughters, Katharine J. Carter of Nahant, Mass., Elizabeth S. Johnston of Charlottesville, Va., and Anne R. Johnston of Missoula, Mont.; a stepson, Michael Curran of Jarrettsville; two stepdaughters, Ginny Milanicz of Fallston and Michele Tadeo of Lutherville; three grandchildren; and her longtime companion, Edward S. Crawford of Baltimore. Her marriage to John Edward Johnston Jr. ended in divorce.

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