Jane, who had relatively recently moved back to her childhood home in northern Oklahoma, had been in an Oklahoma City hospital - ironically, the same hospital where she studied to become a nurse - to repair an aeortic aneurysm. My parents had gone up there to visit her just a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, something went horribly wrong during one of the surgeries to repair the aneurysm.
This is probably not the entire obituary, but the Blackwell Journal-Tribune requires a paid subscription to access their archives so this is all I was able to get. I'll revise this entry if I get a full obituary.
Katherine Jane Johnston, 68, of Blackwell, formerly of Corvallis, Ore., died Aug. 7, 2008, from surgical complications at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City.
She was born Feb. 17, 1940, in Blackwell to Hal and Rena Sommers Wilkins. She graduated from Blackwell High School in 1958 and graduated from St. Anthony Hospital as a registered nurse in 1961.
Her body was cremated. An informal memorial will be 1 p.m. Aug. 10 in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church at Sixth and Coolidge in Blackwell.
Right now my thoughts are with my cousins Laura and Ellie. With the span of less than one year, they have lost both their father and their mother.