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M. Johanna Williamson (Crockett, née Macdonald)

June 24, 2024


September 2, 1934 - June 24, 2024

In Loving Memory ~

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Johanna Williamson (Crockett) on June 24, 2024, in Castlegar, BC.

Johanna was a remarkable woman, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Born in Charlottetown, PEI in 1934, as Marion Johanna Macdonald, she spent her youth in Charlottetown with her two younger sisters, Jean Isabel and Katherine and their mother, Ina Macdonald. Her father, Jack Macdonald passed away early in her life leaving the four strong women surrounded by dear friends, and family.

Johanna was especially fond of the summers spent at the idyllic Inkerman cottage on the North River on the city's outskirts. Johanna graduated from Prince of Wales College and in 1954 with her husband, Garth Crockett, left for Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she worked as a lab technician while Garth completed his master's degree in public health.

Johanna gave birth to her first three children (John, Donald, Sara) in Charlottetown, then moved west to Manitoba. Rod was born in The Pas, and Jim in Pine Falls. The family returned to The Pas in 1967, and Garth passed away in 1976.

Johanna later married Stan Williamson. She and Stan built a house on The Farm, as we called it, west of The Pas in the Carrot Valley. These were some of the best years of Johanna's life; farming, gardening, camping, and travelling. She and Stan were kindred spirits and there was much love in their marriage. Stan passed away in 2002 and Johanna moved to Castlegar in 2012 to live with her son Jim and his wife Jan.

In 1987 Johanna was diagnosed with a terminal illness but with chemotherapy, her positive approach to life, deep faith, and good luck, she survived another 37 fruitful years.

Johanna was a deeply spiritual person, and the church was central to her life. She always sang in the choir and looked beyond the words of the scriptures to delve into the deeper meanings that can be applied to our lives today.

Johanna had a sharp mind and a keen sense of humour. She was a lover of hockey and baseball, dogs, and horses. Llamas, not so much. She was an artist, a singer and a painter with an impressionist style. Johanna even took piano lessons while in her '70s. She was in tune with the changing seasons and marvelled at the rhythm of the sun and moon.

While soft-spoken, Johanna was strongly determined and adapted gracefully to life's many changes and challenges. But most importantly she was a kind and loving person that enriched the lives of everyone around her.

Johanna is survived by her five children and their families, including nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

We thank the good people at Talarico Centre in Castlegar for the loving care they provided for Johanna. For those who wish, a memorial contribution in Johanna's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society is appreciated.

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