It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Mary Kathryn (Kaye) Johnston, a beloved wife, sister, and mother. Mary Kaye, born on July 3, 1945, was called home on October 3, 2023, in the comfort of her home in Gum Spring, VA.
Mary Kaye is preceded in death by 2 husbands, Graham Padgett and Don Johnston; and survived by her husband, George Paton; her brother and sister-in-law, Brown and Laura Pearson of Chesterfield; her daughter, Kaille Marie Padgett of Ashland (Joseph White); nephew, Eddie Pearson and niece, Vicky Maxwell, and their 6 children; 2 step-daughters, Kristin Roberts and Jenny Johnston, and their children; all whose lives were enriched by her love and guidance.
Mary Kaye dedicated her life to making a difference in the world, particularly in the lives of those with disabilities. She graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, served as president of her alumni council. She had a successful, life-long, meaningful career with the state of Virginia in the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation assisting people with disabilities with employment. Her career was marked by unwavering dedication and compassion, and she retired from there with a legacy of positive impact. She served as an exemplary leader and even had the honor of being elected president of Virginia Rehabilitation Association, a position she held with grace and integrity.
In her later years, Mary Kaye found fulfillment and a sense of pride as the general manager of Dunncroft Lawn Care, working side by side with her husband George. Her work ethic and commitment to excellence continued to shine through this endeavor.
Mary Kaye’s life was filled with a variety of passions and interests that brought her joy. She had a keen eye for decorating, and her home was a testament to her impeccable taste. Gardening was not just a hobby but a source of solace and creativity for her. Music was a constant companion, singing in church choirs and playing handbells; she appreciated its beauty in all its forms. Boating, her annual trips to Florida in February, and frequent trips to the family cabin on the river provided her with much-needed relaxation.
But perhaps above all, Mary Kaye cherished her friendships. She leaves behind a network of dear friends who will forever remember her kindness, warmth, and the laughter they shared. Her heart was also open to feline rescue, demonstrating her deep compassion for animals.
In remembering Mary Kaye, we honor a life well-lived, filled with love, compassion, and a dedication to making the world a better place. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her, and her memory will forever remain in our hearts.
A service of celebration for her life will be held on October 30th, at 11am, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 9155 Hungary Rd, Henrico, Va 23294, where we will gather to celebrate her remarkable life and bid her a fond farewell. Immediately after the service, friends and family are invited to gather at the home of Brown and Laura Pearson, for a time of remembrance and celebration. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to Goochland Community Cats, PO Box 8, Oilville, VA 23129 in her honor.
May her soul rest in eternal peace, and may her memory live on as a beacon of love and inspiration.