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Brenda Sue Johnston, age 59

Brenda Sue Johnston, 59, of Austin passed away on November 11, 2019.  She was born in Wichita, Kansas on July 24, 1960 to Clifford R. and Anita Sue McPhail.

She loved to spend time with her family, cooking, painting and loved to take her grandchildren to the Memphis Zoo. She was “MeMaw” to everyone that loved her and she loved.  She was employed with Walmart for 26 years as a CSM. 

She is preceded in death by her mother Anita Sue Lawson-McPhail, her brother Michael David McPhail and maternal grandparents Robbie and Joe Lawson.

Brenda was married over 40 years to the love of her life, Terry Michael Johnston; her children David Allen Johnston of Boston, Massachusetts and Jessica Mashburn (Thomas) of Ward, Arkansas; her three grandchildren Skylar Johnston, Brylie Mashburn and Emersyn Mashburn; her brother Brian McPhail (Liza) and her best friend Stacy Yardell as well as her extended family and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. Funeral service will be Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with burial to follow at 16th Section Cemetery, Austin, Arkansas.

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  • Stella Cash Posted November 12, 2019 7:21 PM

    So sorry for your loss, I have worked with Ms Brenda for many years and she will surely be missed…..

  • Amanda Campos Posted November 12, 2019 7:27 PM

    Was so very blessed and honored to have worked with her and call her my friend. She will be missed. Prayers for the family.

  • Bryan & Laura Blocker Posted November 12, 2019 7:31 PM

    Brian –

    We are so sorry for your loss of your sister. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Laronda Sanders Posted November 12, 2019 7:33 PM

    My condolences to the family! I will miss working with her! RIP!

  • Liza McPhail Posted November 12, 2019 8:46 PM

    She was beautiful inside & out.

  • Teresa potts Posted November 13, 2019 7:58 AM

    Brenda was a great person I work with her at Walmart we had so much fun we had many lunches together rip u will be miss by meny

  • Rebecca (Jones) Murphy Posted November 13, 2019 6:56 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss Brian. I will be praying for you

  • Diann Garrett Posted November 14, 2019 8:50 AM

    Mike and Family, So sorry for your loss. Brenda was such a sweet girl. May God be with your during this very difficult time.

  • David & Mary Lois Rick Posted November 14, 2019 9:06 AM

    We are so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Tammy Rick Abshure Posted November 14, 2019 9:08 AM

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family at this difficult time.

  • Brenda (Bren) Frisby Posted November 14, 2019 10:15 PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will be praying for y’all.

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