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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Prudence Zulette Johnston ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Prudence Zulette Johnston
MAIDEN NAME: Painter AKA 1: Flesher AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 12 Jul 1909 DIED: 14 Jan 2005 BURIED: 19 Jan 2005
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
1910 OR CENSUS - Zulette Painter, age 9 months, b. Oregon, is enumerated with father Phillip Painter, age 46, occupation farmer, b. Oregon, and mother Clema, age 30, mother of 8 children 7 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Oregon, along with Phyllis, age 13, Robert, age 12, Mildred, age 11, Joseph, age 8, Anne, age 7, John, age 5, and all born in Oregon.
1920 OR CENSUS - Zulette Painter, age 11, b. Oregon, is enumerated with father Philip, age 57, occupation teamster at state asylum, b. Oregon, and Clema J., age 40, b. Oregon, along with Phyllis, age 23, Ann, age 16, John, age 15, Herbert W., age 10, Louis E., age 7, and Charles E., age 3, all born in Oregon.
1st MARRIAGE - to Eugene P. Flesher, circa 1930 
1930 OR CENSUS - Prudence Flesher, age 20, married at age 20, b. Oregon, is enumerated with her husband Eugene P. Flesher, age 21, married at age 21, occupation men's clothing salesman, b. Illinois. They are enumerated in the home of her mother, Clema Painter, age 50, widow, b. Oregon, and Charles Painter, age 13, b. Oregon. 
2nd MARRIAGE - to Frank Johnston

BIOGRAPHICAL (Source - Information from Betty Kurtz and written for the Friends of Pioneer Cemetery annual Newsletter by Elisabeth Walton Potter):
Prudence was born in 1909 in Salem. Her paternal forebears, the Painters, were overland pioneers of 1850 from Missouri. Her great grandfather, Philip Painter, having died on the trail, left his widow, Jane Moore Painter, and son William to take up separate land claims which they settled in 1852 in Washington County.
Prudence's grandparents were Robert M. and Ella (Zeiber) Painter. Her father, Philip Zeiber Painter (1863-1924), a nephew of Asahel Bush, moved with his parents to Salem at a young age and became a farmer. He married Clema Jane White (1878-1970), daughter of Waldo Hills pioneers James F. and Elizabeth K. (Heater) White.
Philip and Clema had twelve children, nine of whom lived to maturity and of whom Prudence was the youngest daughter. Demure, courteous, and kind, she was married first to Eugene R. Flesher of Salem. Her only child, Prudence Jean, died in infancy in 1931. She was later married to Frank Johnston, a professional golfer. The Johnstons lived in California until Johnston's retirement in the 1970s, at which time they relocated to Salem to be nearer Prudence's older sister, Phyllis, and other family members. Prudence Painter Johnston was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Following her death in January, 2005, she was buried in the Painter family plot in Salem Pioneer Cemetery."
SALEM- Funeral services are Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon Ransom. Private interment.
Oregon Statesman 19 Jan 2005
1910 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., ED 205, sheet 8A)
1920 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Salem, ED 349, sheet 8A)
1930 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Salem, ED 65, sheet 11B)
OS 19 Jan 2005

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