LONG BEACH - Fifty-year Pacific County resident Helen J. Johnston, age 84, died Nov. 17, 2002 at Ocean View Convalescent Center in Long Beach. She had been in failing health for several years.

Born May 19, 1918 in Helena, Montana she was the daughter of George and Eleanor (Ordish) Work.

She lived in Montana during her early childhood and attended the local schools. The family moved to Idaho and later to Spokane. As a young adult Helen settled in Bremerton.

In 1950 she moved from Bremerton to Naselle. In 1951 she married Edward Johnston and together they operated Johnston's Resort and boat rentals in Naselle. The couple later divorced. Mrs. Johnston continued to operate the resort and raised exotic birds and dogs. She was known as the peacock lady as her peacock would ride along with her in her car.

In the mid 1960s she relocated to the Long Beach Peninsula.

Mrs. Johnston was an outdoor lover who enjoyed hunting and walking in the woods. An animal lover she always had numerous dogs. She was a charter member of the Eagles Lodge in Bremerton.

Preceded in death by both her parents and a half-brother she is survived by her daughter Eleanor Huddleston of Seaview; granddaughter Michelle Huitt Nielsen of Ilwaco; grandson John Liptak of Michigan; seven step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, Jordan Huitt and Lakin Nielsen of Ilwaco; and Tory Liptak and Megan Liptak of Michigan.

Memorial service was held on Sunday, Nov. 24 at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach with Pastor Dean Mead officiating.

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