The family of Lois Eve Johnson is sad to announce that she passed away on July 20th, 2015 at the Trail Regional Hospital blessed with 92 years of life.
Mom was born December 31, 1922 in Millet, Alberta to parents Albert and Minnie Lee. She was raised on a large working farm in Millet with eleven other siblings. We heard many stories growing up about the various activities on the farm from the wild horses, pet bear and pet coyotes, numerous dogs and cats. They also owned a puffed wheat factory that Mom learned to operate at an early age.
When she was in her late teens she went up to the North West Territories to work as a cook’s helper on the Radium Queen, a large tugboat that barged supplies and uranium. She also worked as a Dental Assistant in Wetaskiwin, Alberta then moved to Nakusp, BC, where she was a Practical Nurse in the late 1940’s. It was there that she met and married George William (Bill) Johnson in 1947, eventually moving to Castlegar where they raised four children and various dogs and cats.
Mom was an amazing piano player who played by ear; she was part of a popular local band called the Entertainers. She made people feel very welcome in her home and the Johnson residence was a popular place for her growing family and all their friends. For the last thirteen years she has enjoyed living in Castle Wood Retirement Complex.
Mom is survived by her sons Richard (Diane) Johnson, Gary (Jennifer) Johnson, daughter Arlee (Allan) Venier; grandchildren Lana (Alain) Blais, Brian, Vincent, Vanessa, Georgina, Brianna, Steven and Rick; great grandchildren Nate, Dominic and Brandon. Mom is also survived by sister Marjorie (Harvey) Wood and brother Milburn (Audrey) Lee.
Mom was predeceased by her loving husband Bill and by son George of Kelowna, and 9 brothers and sisters
We would like to thank our relatives, friends, and neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy. We would especially like to thank the Castle Wood family for their kindness and care for Mom over these past 13 years.
A graveside service is to be held at Kinnaird Park Memorial Cemetery in Castlegar on July 31st at 10:30 am, with Reverend Elizabeth Huether officiating. Light refreshments will be served after the service at the Castlegar United Church, 809 Merrycreek Rd.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to Castlegar Hospice Society would be appreciated.
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