Dear editor,

In March of 2018, the Wharton Cemetery was blessed to have the earthly body of my mom, Venda Bowles Johnston, buried there beside my grandparents Robert  and Neddie Lane Johnston.  In addition, my great-grandparents the Lanes are buried there as well.  

This cemetery holds a special place in the Johnston family. Throughout my childhood and beyond I can remember my family visiting and paying our respects to our loved ones. 

However,  March of 2018 my perspective changed when my family buried my mother there. Losing a loved one as amazing and dynamic as my mom was and is still difficult. There are days I pick up my phone ready to share some exciting news with my mom, but I realize there will be stillness and silence on the other end.  

For those of you who knew Venda Bowles Johnston you were blessed.   My mother was a remarkable wife, mom and grandmother. We miss her everyday, but we know we will see her smiling face again! If you frequent the Wharton Cemetery, you probably have seen my dad, Lane Johnston.  He makes sure our family’s resting place is well taken care of. From mowing, to weed eating, to putting out the perfect flowers, my dad honors our family on a weekly basis.  As you can see, the Wharton Cemetery will always have a piece of my heart.  

Joy Hebert,



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