Elba Johnston was born in 1901 and spent her lifetime serving the Chickasaw people in an effort to preserve the Chickasaw culture. Besides being a musical artist, Elba spent much of her free time volunteering for her community, church and the Chickasaw Nation.
She was known for her resolute values, compassion and gentle nature. Johnston always seemed to put the well-being of others first and her personal wants second.
Elba was a member of several different organizations, where she spent time helping others. She traveled worldwide as a member of the Associated Country Women of the World. As a local highlight, she was Co-Grand Marshal of the Annual Ardmore Christmas Parade.