Pauline Johnston Obituary

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Pauline "Polly" (Place) Johnston

February 3, 1917 - July 5, 2013
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Pauline "Polly" Place Johnston, 96, died peacefully while sleeping Friday July 5, 2013 at her home. She was preceeded in death by her husband the late Robert (Bob) N. Johnston whom she was married to for over 74 years. Polly Johnston, and her living identical twin Betty, were born February 3, 1917 in Butte, Montana. Their father and mother were the late Ralph Waldo Place and Jeanette Thurolway Place. Polly had an older sister Adele and two brothers George and Howard. Ralph Place was Vice President of Metals Bank and Trust Company in Butte, which was owned by Anaconda Copper Company. Polly was a graduate from Butte High School and...
Pauline "Polly" Place Johnston, 96, died peacefully while sleeping Friday July 5, 2013 at her home. She was preceeded in death by her husband the late Robert (Bob) N. Johnston whom she was married to for over 74 years.

Polly Johnston, and her living identical twin Betty, were born February 3, 1917 in Butte, Montana. Their father and mother were the late Ralph Waldo Place and Jeanette Thurolway Place. Polly had an older sister Adele and two brothers George and Howard. Ralph Place was Vice President of Metals Bank and Trust Company in Butte, which was owned by Anaconda Copper Company. Polly was a graduate from Butte High School and attended Pomona College located in Claremont, California.

It was in Polly's second year of college one late afternoon as she was leaving the college library to go back to the dorm, she heard voices behind her calling "Betty? Polly? and Polly? Betty"? she turned around and said "I'm Polly". Thus she met two fellow students who were roommates and good friends, Hugh Campbell and Bob Johnston. Together they went to the Sugar Bowl, had cokes and danced to the juke box before they saw Polly to her dorm. After that Bob and Polly began dating and by the end of the school year they were a couple.

That summer Betty and Polly had jobs in Yellowstone National Park. Betty at Old Faithful and Polly at Canyon. Bob called and proposed to Polly asking her to marry him.
She said "of course". Shortly after Polly left and went to Texas after telling her superior not to tell Betty. Bob had mentioned how hot it was in Texas but when Polly got off the train in Dallas she thought she would collapse it was so hot. They were married in the Baker Hotel and the late Jimmy Walker, Johnston and Owens Production Superintendent was best man.

Bob and Polly spent the next two years between Tyler and the University of Texas at Austin. Polly attended college a year and worked a year. Bob did his Petroleum Engineering Courses.

After the war Bob and Polly came back to Tyler ---Bob in the oil fields and Polly active in the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches, the Junior League and the Gertrude Windsor Garden Club. Bob and Polly enjoyed living months each year in their home in Palm Springs, California. They leave two daughters Susan Johnston Birdwell, married to Tab Birdwell and live in Boerne, Texas, Barbara Johnston Franklin, married to Jack Franklin and live in Aiken, SC. Polly leaves behind 4 grandchildren, Kimberly Birdwell House, married to Garret House of Chicago, Ill.; Tommy Birdwell, Houston, TX; Will Franklin, married to Elizabeth Casillas of Houston, TX; Dr. Rob Franklin, married to Laurie Jenschke of Weatherford, TX. Six great grandchildren remain and are honorary pallbearers, Curtiss House (19), Meagan House (15), Aidan Franklin (11), Joshua Franklin (10), Bree Franklin (7) and Colbie Franklin (3).

The family was blessed to have them. Because of their love we live; however, because of Christ's atoning love by faith, we can all live eternally.


A special thank you goes to Ms Polly's care givers; Dorthy, Kenneth, Kenny, Kim, Audrey and Angela of whom we are most grateful for their love and dedication. Services for the family will be Monday July 8, 11:00 am at Lloyd James Funeral Home who will handle all funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your charity of choice.

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