Judith Stone Johnstone


Mrs. Judith “Judy” Stone Johnstone (nee Judith Woolling Stone), 93, a resident of Weston, Mass., passed away peacefully in her own bed at Maplewood at Weston on Sept. 6, 2022, from complications of COPD. She was born June 4, 1929, in Onancock, the younger daughter of Joseph Woolling Stone and Charlotte Parks Stone.
Judy grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia surrounded by numerous grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in addition to her parents and sister.  Most of her childhood was spent living in Onancock, Saxis, and Chincoteague.  She graduated as the valedictorian from Onancock High School in 1945, then attended Mary Washington College (of the University of Virginia) in Fredericksburg, Va. While at college, she was active in both the Alpha Phi Sigma National Scholastic Fraternity and Chi Beta Phi National Honorary Scientific Fraternity. She graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1949, and was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Cup for her high scholastic achievement and outstanding service for the college.
After graduation, she married Robert “Bob” McClean Johnstone on Aug. 13, 1949. They moved to Blacksburg, Va., and then South Bend, Ind., in the early 1950s, where they raised three daughters. While in South Bend, Judy was especially active in book clubs, bridge clubs, and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra Guild. A lifelong learner, she loved reading, crossword puzzles, cooking, classical music, and traveling across the country to visit family and friends and discover new and interesting destinations. She was an accomplished knitter and seamstress, making many garments, costumes, and home décor projects for herself and family over the years. She particularly enjoyed the challenge of knitting cable and Fair Isle patterns.
When traveling, Judy loved touring museums and historical venues, as well as being able to see the natural wonders of North America in person.  Over her lifetime, she was able to visit almost every state in the continental U.S., as well as parts of Canada and Mexico. Included in the many places she saw were the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, giant Redwood Forest, the Rocky and Appalachian mountains, southwest deserts, Everglades, Mount Rushmore, Plymouth Rock, the White House, and the Smithsonian museums. Virgina landmarks, such as Mount Vernon, Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowne, and the Atlantic seashore were particular favorites for her to visit. Her husband was an avid sailor, and she sailed with him many times on their sailboat Spirit in the Great Lakes and Cheasepeake Bay. Other noteworthy adventures included sailing across the Erie Canal, Hudson River, and down the Intercoastal waterway; sailing off the Florida coast and in the Caribbean; navigating a barge through the canals of Great Britain and another boat later along rivers in France and dipping her toes in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
In 1988, she and her husband Bob moved back to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where they lived in a historic home in Melfa that they refurbished. There she reconnected with many friends of her youth, and enjoyed socializing at the Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club. She joined the Arts Council of the Eastern Shore, happily spending many hours volunteering again to support the arts. During this time, she also dealt with a diagnosis of bilateral breast cancer, ultimately becoming a long-term survivor. In 2013, they moved to the Brook School Apartments in Weston, close to her daughter, Ann. She continued to love reading and playing bridge until advanced macular degeneration stole her eyesight. Judy and Bob celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary just a few weeks before he passed away.
Judy leaves behind her cherished older sister, Byrd S. Helguera, of Nashville, Tenn.; and her three daughters, Elizabeth “Liza” Byrd Johnstone Holder, of Decatur, Ill., Ann Watson Johnstone Sallay (John), of Weston, and Emily Lanier Johnstone Cassidy (Joseph), of Winston-Salem, N.C. In addition, she leaves behind seven grandchildren:  John “Jack” McClean Sallay (Wisam Hirzalla), Margaret “Meg” Parks Sallay Peck (John), Michael Stewart Holder (Hailey), James Watson Sallay (Amanda), Katharine “Katie” McClean Holder Blancett (Travis), Elizabeth “Beth” Lanier Cassidy, and Robert “Rob” Joseph Cassidy (Cayla); and 10 great-grandchildren: Ethan Robert Holder,  Harris McClean Sallay,  Edith “Edie” Ann Peck, Abigail “Bee” Parks Peck, Adley Joest Holder, Edison Greenleaf Sallay, Parker Michael Blancett, Tess Margaret Peck, Henry Dunaway Blancett, and Ellis James Sallay. Both her parents and her husband, Bob, preceded her in death.
The family would like to thank the many caregivers from Home Instead, Maplewood at Weston, Newton Wellsley Hospital, and Mindful Healthcare Agency, for their patience, care, and companionship in her last few years of life.

Always interested in promoting learning, Judy donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at Harvard Medical School. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in Judy’s memory may be made either to the South Bend Symphony Orchestra (at www.southbendsymphony.org or by mail to 127 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN, 46601) or to the Arts Council of the Eastern Shore (by mail to P.O. Box 1122, Exmore, VA 23350.)
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