Written by Darla Downs
Irene P. (Burt) Johnston passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Chapel Court, a part of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings.
Irene Pearl Burt was born June 12, 1929, in Merced, Calif., to Amos and Florence Burt. The family moved to Aberdeen, Idaho when she was a small child and Irene graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1947.
She attended nurse’s training at Pocatello General Hospital and earned her RN in 1950.
She married Harry Johnston on Jan. 21, 1953. They resided in Pocatello, Idaho, until 1958, when they moved to Wolf Point.
Irene was a nurse in the office of Dr. Mark Listerud for over 40 years. After her retirement, she served as secretary for the First Presbyterian Church. In 2001, Harry and Irene moved to Nashua and, shortly after Harry’s death in 2006, Irene moved to Billings.
Irene is survived by her children: Burt (Bette) Johnston of Fort Peck; Patricia (Michael) Kleeberg of Muncie, Ind.; Rebecca Johnston of Williston, N.D.; and her brother Robert (Anne) Burt of Pocatello, Idaho. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren: Erik (Jessica) Knudson, Ryan Knudson, Stephanie (Del) Hansen, Devin (Cameron) Jones, Casey Johnston, Harry Henman, Mari Henman, Alicia Henman, Nathan Duncan, and Tyler Duncan; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a dear friend Jan Young.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her daughter, Jean Knudson; sister, Nellie
Tiahrt; brother, William Burt; and her parents.
Irene’s family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Chapel Court for their care and loving kindness during her time there.
A memorial service and inurnment will take place in Wolf Point at a later date.
In remembrance of Irene, memorials may be made to: Chapel Court; Saint John’s Lutheran Ministries; 3940 Rimrock Road; Billings, MT 59102.