JOHNSTON, Kate Simmons
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Kate Simmons Johnston, age 79, of Canton, GA died peacefully at her home after a courageous battle with ALS(Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She is preceded in death by her parents, Joe Simmons and Lola McGaha Simmons. Kate was born in Pickens County in 1934 and moved to Cherokee County when she was 7 years of age. During her childhood, she began a lifelong love of learning, graduating as Valedictorian from Canton High School in 1951. When Kate began her career, she worked as a dedicated bookkeeper at Etowah Poultry until the birth of her two children. In every situation, she made family the top priority, serving as the perfect wife and mother. When her two children began school, Kate found employment as a school secretary so that her schedule would coincide with her children. Through her professional talent, genuine kind heart, and Christian compassion, Kate impacted the lives of thousands of Cherokee County students during her 26-year tenure at Canton Elementary School. She was an active member of Canton First Baptist Church, teaching 3rd grade Sunday School for over 20 years and always lending a helping hand when needed. In addition to her dedication to her family, church, and career, Kate was a creative and industrious homemaker. She was a talented seamstress, decorator, cook, and gardener, and she served as a patient and generous teacher of these skills to her children and grandchildren. In every aspect, she lived her life as a true example of a Christian woman. She was a loving wife and mother; she valued faith, family, and service to others above all else, and she touched many lives simply through the way she lived her own. Funeral services are scheduled for 3:00 PM, on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with Matt Whitaker, and Jack Weaver officiating. Interment will follow at Cherokee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Monday, September 23, 2013, and from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at South Canton Funeral Home. Survivors include: Loving Husband of 58 years- J.B. Johnston, Canton Daughter - Angela (Mark) Whitaker, Canton Son - Barry (Julie) Johnston, Marietta Sister - Grace (Jack) Reece, Woodstock Grandchild - Sarah Johnston, Chicago, IL Grandchild - Blake Johnston, Alpharetta Grandchild - Molly Johnston, Marietta Grandchild - Heather (Andy) Moore, Macon Grandchild - Matt Whitaker, Athens Several Nieces and Nephews. In lieu of Flowers:Donation to Prayer Quilt Ministries-Canton United Methodist Church 930 Scott Mill Road Canton, GA. 30114 or Charity of Choice. South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at:

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