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JOHNSON – Doris Gertrude (nee Blackburn)

December 16, 1919 – December 3, 2009

Doris Gertrude Johnson of Calgary, formerly of Brookfield, NS, passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at the age of 89 years.

Doris was born at Cambridge Station, Kings County, Nova Scotia on December 16, 1919. Throughout her life, she worked at Eastern Factory in Truro, NS, Sunrise Restaurant in Brookfield, NS, and John Ross Yarn Barn in Truro. She was also a member of the Ladies Legion Auxiliary Branch 26 in Truro. She loved “Bingo” and travelling. Doris was residing in Calgary at the time of her passing.

Doris is survived by her loving daughters and their spouses, Glenora Gamble of Upper Economy Colchester County, NS, Vivian and Bill Paul of Calgary, Shirley and Victor DeBay of Brookfield, NS, Donna Leslie and Rob of South Branch, NS, Karen and John Blinn of Truro, NS; and Barbara Johnson and Gordon of Debert, NS; her sons and their spouses, Harry (Speed) and Louise of Winnipeg, MB, Wayne and Chris, Gordon, Tommy, Randy, all of Calgary, Douglas and Carol of Alliston, ON, Jimmy and Donna, Darrell and Marilyn, all of Truro, Steven and Theresa of Brampton, ON, and her stepson George of Upper Economy Colchester County; forty-five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Melvin Edson Johnson; parents, James and Lily Blackburn; son-in-law Derral Gamble; a grandchild; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; her brothers, Clarence and Leonard; and sisters, Sadie and Jennie.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E. Calgary, AB T2X 3J3) on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. A memorial service will take place at Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512Willow St, Truro, Nova Scotia, at a later date. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Doris Johnson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Calgary, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Doris’s knowledge and friendship has meant so much to me in the years I’ve known her. I’m honoured to have had the privilege of knowing this great lady. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Doris.

    Jimmy Laffin
    Truro, Nova Scotia

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  2. Steve Marshall, Hamilton Ont. :

    Steve, Randy, Jim, Tom and the rest of the family…just wanted to say I have fond and warm memories of your mom. We, as kids could always count on her and her kitchen to warm up. She would make us toast with sugar on it on those freezing evenings up on Wood Street. Sorry for your loss.
    Steve Marshall

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