Shirley C. Johnston was first woman to ever seek sheriff's job
Shirley Chamberlin Johnston, 78, of Vernon, died at 7:03 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Columbus Regional Hospital.
Funeral services will be conducted at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Services Friday, July 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. Rev. Kendall Wildey will officiate. Viewing will be Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 4 until 8 p.m. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services. Burial will be at Vernon Cemetery.
Mrs. Johnston had been an RN at Muscatatuck State Hospital and had also been a case worker at the welfare department. She and her husband owned a new/used furniture store, a general store, a grocery store, and Tom & Shirley's Cafe in Vernon. Mrs. Johnston was a precinct committeeman for Vernon Township and a member of the Republican party. She was the first female to run for sheriff in Jennings County. Mrs. Johnston, a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, crocheting, cooking, and sewing.
Born January 2, 1939, in North Vernon, Mrs. Johnston was the daughter of Phillip and Leona Chamberlin. She married Thomas Johnston June 17, 1961.
Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda Lauderbaugh Beam of North Vernon; brother, Phillip (Kim) Chamberlin of Scipio; sisters, Marilyn Sue Klingner of Tennessee, Alice Jean (Bud) Beesley of North Vernon, and Cindy (Paul) Goley of Madison; grandsons, Neil (Sara) and Kinzer (Melissa) Lauderbaugh, and Todd (Sandra) Beam; granddaughter, Rhyanna (Aaron) Poole; and eight great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Johnston was preceded in death by her parents and husband.