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Burnetta Kay (Ross) Johnston

May 29, 1941 ~ December 6, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Burnetta Johnston Obituary

Burnetta Kay (Ross) Johnston, 82, of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on Wednesday December 6, 2023 while a resident at Carington Manor in Crestview, Florida.  Kay was born May 29, 1941, to Wayne Jacob and Marguerite (Lewis) Ross in Jackson, Ohio.  She was a graduate of Mad River High School in Dayton, Ohio.

Kay was a social butterfly who never met a stranger. She was a dedicated member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, was always up for an adventure and absolutely loved planning parties and working on projects.  She took great pride in fulfilling her roles as a Vision Science Graduate Program Coordinator at the UAB School of Optometry, as well as a wonderful wife and a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother.  She was a true friend.

Kay was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Jacob Ross; mother, Marguerite (Lewis)Ross; sister, Karen (Ross) Brown (Charlie); brothers-in-Law, Gene Wilson (Erla) and Russ Hastler (DeeDee); and granddaughter, Melissa Silvani.

Kay is survived by her husband of over thirty years, Terry Charles Johnston, of Birmingham, Alabama; daughter, Sondra Gail (Long) Silvani and husband, Al Silvani of Crestview, Florida; grandchildren, Seth Silvani and wife, Jessica of Knightdale, North Carolina, and Sarah (Silvani) McKee and husband, Ryan of Panama City, Florida; one great grandchild, Miles Anthony McKee; and sisters, Erla (Ross) Wilson of Englewood, Ohio and DeeDee (Ross) Hastler of Huber Heights, Ohio.

The family would like to send a heartfelt “Thank you” to Regency Retirement Village in Birmingham, Alabama and to Carington Manor Assisted Living in Crestview, Florida for providing excellent care to her over the last several years.  A special thank you to Dr. Steven Donchey, Dr. Nick Nagrani and Dr. Eliyahu Hemo for their compassionate care.  Thank you to Emerald Coast Hospice for their support and guidance during Kay’s final days.  Nurses, Beverly and Tanya were wonderful!

Arrangements are under the care of Davis-Watkins Crestview Memorial.

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