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JOHNSON, Brenda Marion (nee Cranston)

November 5, 1954 – Fort St. John, British Columbia
March 9, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Brenda Johnson (nee Cranston), beloved wife of Brian Johnson of Calgary, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the age of 60 years.

Brenda graduated from North Peace Secondary School in 1970. She was a lifelong learner, continuing her education at UBC, and receiving her Certificate from the Canadian Payroll Association in 2000, as well as being a Certified Financial Management Accountant. She and Brian were married on August 4, 1979. Brenda loved to sing, and was a part of Sweet Adeline’s International Barbershop chorus, including Chinook Winds Show Chorus and Rhythm of the Rockies Chorus. She was employed with the University of Calgary and CISSA (Center for International Students and Study Abroad). Family meant everything to Brenda and she also enjoyed cooking, baking, music, gardening and travel.

Besides her loving husband, Brenda is remembered by her daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberley and Kyle Lanser, Megan Johnson-Salewich and Rob Salewich, and Ashley den Hartog; grandson Troy Lanser; mother Sylvia Cranston; brother Greg Cranston (Barb Bolding); sisters, Heather Cranston (Shelley Stunell), Candace Ingram, and Gretchen Boulanger (Bernie Boulanger); and countless nieces, nephews, other family and friends. She was predeceased by her father Stuart Cranston.

A Celebration of Brenda’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222, www.albertacancer.ca/memorial.

In living memory of Brenda Johnson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Clarence and Betty Koldyk :

    Our sincere condolences to you Brian and your family at this time.
    Sincerely, Clarence and Betty Koldyk

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  2. Leroy & Sharon Craqnston :

    Sorry to hear about Brenda’s passing. Very sorry we are unable to attend her celebration of life due to a previous commitment. Hi to all the family

    Sincerely
    Leroy &
    Sharon

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  3. Brenda and I have been friends since High School. She always Loved deeply, Laughed easily and often and was the kind of Friend who always made me feel Welcome – no matter how long it had been! Brenda will always hold a special place in my heart! We were all very Blessed to have known her.

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  4. Karen & Gary Burgoyne :

    Our sincere condolences to Brian, Megan and Kim in the passing of Brenda. May you all find peace and comfort in the memories she left behind. Our thoughts are with you all. Love Karen & Gary

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  5. Brian and family- so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. You are all in my thoughts at this very difficult time. The love you shared and the memories made, will last forever.

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  6. Thinking of you all today. Was hoping to make it down. Would have liked to have given you all a hug. A hug from here will have to do. Once again I shall be thinking of you.

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  7. Lucille Partington :

    My cousin with the heart of gold is now singing with God’s angels. Sorry I am not there with you.

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  8. Janet and Chris Bice :

    We wish that we could have attended the service today. Thank you so much for the webcast that allowed us to be connected with the family as we all celebrated Brenda’s amazing and love-filled life. Aunt Brenda will always hold a special place in our memories and our hearts.

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  9. Jocelynne Peevey :

    My thoughts and prayers to all her family in these tough days ahead.
    Thank you for arranging the webcast. Was not able to come in from out of town so appreciate taking part in a small way. It was a beautiful ceremony.

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  10. Debbie Bruckner :

    I had the opportunity to work with Brenda at the University of Calgary. I was so impressed with her attention to detail and her own administrative and tracking skills.
    Mostly, however, I enjoyed our chats walking to and from the parking lot: her sense of humor, her love of singing and most of all- her love of family.
    My sincere condolences.
    Debbie

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  11. I love you

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  12. I wish I could have been there yesterday for the celebration as I have many fond memories. I am thankful for this web cast and hope that aunt Brenda’s legacy carries on as im sure it will.

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