Deborah Johnston-Gaston

A visitation for Deborah Johnston-Gaston, 49, Lawrence will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. She died August 28, 2015 at her home.

She was born March 7, 1966 in Ozark, Arkansas the daughter of Melton Gene Sampley and Margaret (Henry) Sampley Edwards.

She attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and University of Texas in Houston. She received her real estate license and also attended the Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Paris, France.

She worked as a real estate agent in Arkansas and was a medical assistant for Dr. Gaston in Lawrence. She also worked for Schlumberger International.

She was a member of FFA and was named the FFA Queen. She enjoyed her family, spending time golfing and snow skiing in Colorado.

She married Dr. Lawrence Gaston on May 18, 2002 in Big Cedar Lodge in Table Rock, Arkansas. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include her two daughters, Natalie Johnston of Kansas City, MO; Haley Johnston of Manhattan, KS; her mother Margaret Edwards and husband, Dale of Van Buren, AR; her grandmother, Minia Henry of Van Buren, AR; her brothers, Terry Sampley of Van Buren, AR; Stacey Sampley of Ft. Smith, AR; former mother-in- law, Norma Johnston of Pratt, KS; former brother-in-laws, Patrick Johnston of Leawood, KS and Michael Johnston of Pratt, KS. She was preceded in death by her father, Melton Sampley and her late husband, Kelly Johnston.

13 Condolences

  1. The Sullivan's on August 31, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Nat & Family,
    So sorry about your loss. May God’s peace be with you all and with your Mom. Thinking of you all at this time!

    The Sullivan’s
    Sully Cristy & Kennedy

  2. Joanna Hendry on September 1, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Words can not express my sorrow over your loss.

  3. Dawnett Cotton on September 1, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    She was a very special person. Sorry she is gone so soon. Loved her personality.

  4. Holly and Pat Turner on September 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Please know we are thinking of you and your family at this time. We will always remember walking Bella around the block and chatting with you two. And the time Deborah bonded with our 4 year old grandson over fishing and hunting.
    Pat and Holly Turner

  5. Linda Sanders on September 1, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Natalie, Hailey my sincere condolences go out to you. I am praying for God to send His Almighty Comforter to you at this time. I didn’t know your mom but a very short time, but in that short time I knew that the love she had for the two of you was non-negotiable in any circumstances? She will be missed! I loved her very deeplý! My condolences to you as well Dr Larry Gatson!

  6. Ron and Debbie Miller on September 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Larry, Natalie, Haley and extended family please accept our sincerest condolences.

  7. Miranda Turvey on September 2, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and yours.

  8. Shannon and Darryl Cowan on September 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Aunt Margaret and Terry we are always here

  9. Delpha Rosson on September 3, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Larry, Natalie and Haley, I can’t put into words the sadness I feel. I pray for you and all of us strength through this trying time. Remembering all the good times. For there were many.
    Delpha Rosson

  10. Don Orlowski on September 3, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Larry, my heart goes out to you. I know what you are going through. I wish I had some words of wisdom to pass along but I don’t. With the help of your daughters you will get through these difficult times.
    Janice has been fighting cancer for two years, she has been fighting the same demon your wife had.
    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!
    Don & Janice

  11. Donna Gregory on September 4, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    So very sad to hear of Debbie’s passing. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Debbie attended school with my daughter (Shannon) and we were friends with the family. Lost touch with them after the kids grew up and scattered. We often wondered what happened to them. May you all have the “peace that passes understanding.”

  12. Delpha Rosson on September 5, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I can’t put into words the sadness I feel for Margaret, Debbie’s mom and Terry, Natalie, Haley & Larry. It still doesn’t seem real that Debbie is gone. We all have so many good memories of her. Love you Debbie and will miss you terribly. aunt Beppie

  13. Susan Deloye on September 25, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I am SO sorry for your loss! I wish I had had the chance to meet her! What a beautiful young woman! May God bless and comfort you and your family at this difficult time.
    With much love,
    Susan Deloye

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