Merlene K. Johnston

Aug. 13, 1936 - Feb. 4, 2006

Merlene K. (Mohler) Baledge Johnston, 69, died Feb. 4, 2006, at Countryside Manor Healthcare in Anderson, following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 13, 1936, in Mechanicsburg, the daughter of George C. and Catherine P. Mohler. She resided in Alexandria most of her lifetime and moved to Anderson in 2002.

Merlene was a graduate of Alexandria High School, Class of 1955. She also attended Indiana Business College of Anderson.

She was a certified nursing assistant who previously worked with Community VNA Home Healthcare and most recently was employed at Keystone Woods in Anderson until 2002.

She was a member of the Omega Nu Tau Sorority, formerly of Alexandria, and attended Middletown Church of the Nazarene. Merlene was an avid country music fan and enjoyed the time she spent with family and friends.

Survivors include a daughter, Phoebe K. Cowart of Anderson; four sons, James “Kent” Baledge (fiancee Krista Moore), Bradley Jay (Tracy) Baledge, Charles Edward “Chuck” (Lainie) Baledge and Chad Everett Johnston, all of Alexandria; her mother, Catherine P. Mohler of Alexandria; sister, Becky (Tom) Gary of Alexandria; 13 grandchildren, Joshua Cowart, Jeremy Cowart, Brandy (Kyle) Hawkins, Chaz Baledge, Brenna Baledge, Chelsea Baledge, Spencer Baledge, Kayla Baledge (fiancé Lance Blossom), Jimmy Baledge, Brady Johnston, Lauren Johnston, Madison Moore and Morgan Moore; three great-grandchildren, Kenzie Cowart, Kaigin Hawkins and Bentlee Hawkins; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Merlene was preceded in death by her father, George C. Mohler, who died in 1980; and a sister, Jacqueline Rose Mohler.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Noffze Funeral Home, 501 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, officiated by Pastor Jill Waltz of Middletown Church of the Nazarene. Interment will follow at Park View Cemetery, Alexandria

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made, through the funeral home, to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or to the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Dr. Brian Eddy, Madison County Cancer Center and the staff at Countryside Manor Healthcare for their loving care and support.

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