August 7, 1914 – September 13, 2012
Edna Fredrica Johnson died peacefully on the morning of September 13, 2012 with her two children by her side.
Edna was born on August 7, 1914 in rural Saskatchewan. She attained her RN degree from the Regina Grey Nuns Hospital where she nursed in a Supervisory capacity before meeting and subsequently marrying Dr. Ernest A. Johnson which began her lifelong commitment to modestly and efficiently managing the colourful career, many interests and social, professional and academic affiliations of her husband. Their first few years were spent operating a small town practice conducted from the back room of their home in El Fros, SK. Acting (as co-pilot, navigator and nurse, Edna accompanied Ernie in attending to the medical needs of patients in the outlying areas. After the birth of their son and daughter, Edna and Ernie moved to Calgary where Edna gave birth to her third child, Chris, who died shortly after birth. The Johnson Eye Clinic was established in Calgary where Edna worked many long hours as nurse/office manager. The two travelled extensively in the ensuing years, assisting in the foundation of Operation Eyesight Universal with Edna teaching “Eye” nursing. After considerable philanthropic work around the globe Ernie was awarded the Order of Canada and by his admission this work would not have been possible was Edna not by his side. Edna was loved by all for her indomitable strength of character, her generosity of spirit, her sense of humour, her steadfast loyalty and gentle and loving nature.
She is survived by her two children, David and Judy; her sister Peggy Leitch; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Gathering for extended family members and friends will take place at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Edna Johnson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences