Sally Cribley Johnston

Thursday 8th of August 1940 - Sunday 24th of July 2022

Sally Cribley Johnston

Sally Johnston was born in Middletown, Ohio to Gerald  Cribley and Marguerite (neé Pifer) Cribley. After high school in Dayton, Ohio, she attended and graduated in 1962 from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in education. She was preceded in death by her parents; her step and adoptive mother, Lois Green Cribley; and her brother Bill Cribley. She is survived by William Johnston - husband of 58-years, her brother James Cribley of Honolulu, sister E. Susan Webb (Virgil) of Arlington, VA, son Scott Johnston (Kate Flynn) of Chicago, daughter Erin Johnston (Nima Taradji) of Chicago, granddaughter Loraine - Rainey - Johnston of Chicago, and grandson Hugh Cassidy Johnston of Chicago.

 

 

Beautiful, inside and out, she was known for her amazing smile and her gentle welcoming non-pretentious kindness. She laughed easily. Being a special-ed Montessori oriented primary teacher, she labeled everything (in neat second grade style printing) whether needed or not. One visitor noted that the neatly labeled - and always colorful - boxes on her desk described the contents as “Misc.”, “Junk”, and “Misc. Junk”. Colors were to her like musical rhythm is to others. Her decorating preferences included red, purple, green, blue, yellow, white, and coral walls. Sounds questionable, but she pulled it off in great style. Her painted furniture continues to liven up rooms. She loved art and covered the walls with it. She loved to arrange shelves, including incorporating her husband's typewriter collection into the general decor. Her personal creativity was focused on revising her teaching method every summer, and making materials to supplement the new approach. During the school year she worked on materials and techniques every Saturday, along with mornings before school and evenings after. When talking to a child as in during her annual Christmas cookie decorating party, it would be like nothing else in the world existed except for that child. Her emotional outbursts were so rare that most of them are still remembered, and as a result they were very effective behavior changing events. She was honest to a fault, and she almost never lied (and when she did would immediately inform everyone). After retiring from teaching, she volunteered at nursing homes, and at the Best Friends day center for memory disorders. It took dementia 9 long years to do her in. To help people understand that dementia was not something to hide, she told everyone about her issues in order to put them at ease.

 

 

In addition to all of the gracious people who supported her during her life, a special thanks goes to the staff at The Willows at Fritz Farm for their amazing, responsive, and loving care during the past 3-1/2 years. A memorial service will be held at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2808 Palumbo Dr. #205, Lexington, KY 40509, 859-266-5283; or to the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation at 210 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40507 (http://www.bluegrasstrust.org/annual-fund).



To share a remembrance of Sally or to offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.

 

Guest Book

Kim Russell

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Bill, We are so sorry about Sally. She was always so kind to us and made us feel very special and welcome. Ella still talks about how much fun she and Ella had spending the night at your house. We are so happy to have known Sally. And those Christmas cookie parties were the best :) We are all thinking about you and your family. Love, Kim, Chris , and Ella

1 week ago

Virginia Boss

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Bill, What beautiful tribute to Sally. I have another story to share with you. During the ''multi-age, multi-ability era" we had first and second graders in our classrooms. It soon became apparent to us that this setup was not working, especially for core math instruction. Sally, Nancy Isaccs (a second grade teacher) and I decided to regroup our students for one hour each day, for structured math instruction according to the children's needs and abilities. Sally immediately chose to work with the group of students that needed a little extra help in achieving their math goals. An example of her special-ed and Montessori background shining through. BTW - I don't recall if we asked permission from our principal to regroup the children. Our goal was to teach effectively. Love to you and your family. Virginia

1 week ago

Lisa Maffett

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Sally was a delightful friend and client at Clipart Hair salon for 38 years, I enjoyed her company and we shared many good memories together , she always shared her love of her children and Bill, a woman to be missed and admired

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Ann Preston

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Sally was a sweetheart!!! She taught Spec Ed at Deep Springs when I began my career teaching there. She was kind and helpful to a beginning teacher. After I moved to Maxwell, she also taught there. I remember her tireless efforts, early most mornings, to be working on school work. Her home was also beautiful!!! She often mentioned her family and was proud of them! I admired her immensely!!!

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