Lily Belle Gould Johnston

Graveside services were held at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland February 6 for Lily Belle Gould Johnston of Jackson.

Mrs. Johnston, 98, went home to be with her Lord and Savior February 3.

Lily was born January 27, 1920, in Coden, Ala., to the late Edwin H. Gould Sr., and Harriet Clarke Gould of Mobile. She spent most of her childhood in Okolona. She was active in Okolona High School as a Glee Club member and cheerleader. After high school, she moved to Mobile and worked at Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation during World War II. Lily was their first female employee. While in Mobile, she met her husband, Marion Cecil Johnston, and they married in November 1942 before Marion enlisted. After the war, the Johnstons moved to Jackson in 1952.

After arriving in Jackson, the couple joined Broadmoor Baptist Church, where Lily was an active member for more than 60 years. She loved children and worked in the church nursery during the early years of Broadmoor. She was a prayer warrior and taught her family that nothing was too small to pray about. She loved her family deeply, always putting others’ needs above her own.

Lily is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Marion, and sisters Amelia Lee Pirtle of Coden, Ala.; Edwina Gould of Okolona; and Josephine Barbara Carter of Mobile. She is survived by her son Alan M. Johnston (Virginia) of Birmingham, and daughters Sandra G. Johnston of Jackson, Linda J. Coursey of Raymond, and Judy J. Lowery (David) of Raymond. In addition to her children, she is survived by her brother, Edwin H. Gould Jr.  of Birmingham; seven grandchildren: Stacie Jones, David Johnston (Becca), Heather Coursey, Hillary Homan (Matt), Adam Lowery, Deanna Chyn (Eric) and Jeffrey Lowery (Olivia); 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Pkwy., Madison, Miss., 39110; Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, Miss., 39157; or Morrison Heights Baptist Church (Lowery Missionary Support on memo line), 3000 Hampstead Blvd., Clinton, Miss., 39056.

“Her children rise up and call her blessed.”  Proverbs 31:28

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