Edith Ione Cato Johnston, 98, passed away peacefully May 16, 2010 surrounded by family at BeeHive Homes in Elmo, Utah.
She was born Nov. 12, 1911, in Grand Junction, Colo. She was the oldest of seven children born to Charles Urias and Mary Ellen Westwood Cato.
She and the love of her life, Wayne E. Johnston, eloped Nov. 18, 1929. They were married 72 years. To this union were born two sons and two daughters: Von Wayne, (LaRaine) Wellington, Utah; Vion LaVern, Moab; Vonna Ione Hamaker (Martin), Moab and Valynda Kay Dark (Jerry Dee Muggs), Wellington. At her passing she had 22 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-greatgrandchildren.
Edith worked beside her husband throughout her full and active life. In the beginning of their marriage, she and Wayne herded goats, chased wild horses and carried the mail between Cisco and Castleton, Utah. They ranched and raised cattle in the Cisco area until 1938, when they moved to Price and opened the first livestock auction in Utah. She was the bookkeeper and right hand man and he was the auctioneer.
Her interests were varied and many. She and Wayne were charter members of the Castle Valley Gem Society and she was an avid rock hound and was skilled in making silver and semi-precious stone jewelry. She was an artist and a collector of many things including old bottles. She spent many hours digging in abandoned dumps to find them. She lived in Yellow Cat, a uranium camp south of Thompson, Utah, where Wayne mined in the 1950s. She was always at her husband’s side and was his helpmate at all times.
She was a member of the Utah Quilt Guild, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a visiting teacher for many years and served at secretary of the Price First Ward Relief Society in the early part of the 1950s. After Wayne’s death she completed her own endowment work in the Mt. Timpanogos LDS Temple, and their marriage was solemnized March 22, 2003.
Her husband Wayne preceded her in death, as did her parents, all of her siblings, a daughter-in-law, Colleen Johnston, and a grandson, Dwayne Johnston.
She will be greatly missed by her numerous family, nieces and nephews, and friends.
A viewing will be held at the Fausett Mortuary, 680 East 100 South Price Thursday evening, May 20. Her funeral will be held in the Wellington Stake Center, 935 East Main, Wellington, on Friday, May 21, at l0 a.m., with a viewing one hour before the service.
Interment will follow at Grand Valley Cemetery in Moab.