Family grieves, remembers Missoula woman


Dani Johnston with her two daughters. 

Dani Johnston

Dani Johnston with her daughter. 

Zoe Buchli

Sitting at a Missoula restaurant over lunch, Lori Winter smiles as she talks about her daughter, Danielle “Dani” Johnston.

Dani, 30, lost her life unexpectedly on Sept. 2 at her home in Missoula County. She was many things, but paramount in her personality was her strength and resilience, Winter said.

As a teenager, Dani struggled with addiction, and Winter says conquering this hurdle shaped Dani’s strength and personality as an adult.

“Part of what made her who she was, was overcoming those challenges. And she was very caring about people, she would help anybody,”

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