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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

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)243-8200

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  1. Ed and Cilla McMullan :

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of a remarkable woman – Edna. She and Ernie were such a pleasure to be associated with. Their contribution to humanity and the Shriners organization were beyond compare as was their human touch and sense of humor. Gone but not forgotten. Ed and Cilla McMullan

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  2. Janey Garrod-Evans :

    Our deepest sympathy, I have many fond memories from child hood of “Uncle Ernie & Aunt Edna” particularly visits to Smiths Falls for “Settlers Days”. My Dad (Clare Garrod ) was always thrilled when time was spent with Edna and his old school chum Ernie. Later, my husband Brian and I would enjoy Edna and Ernie’s hospitality in Calgary during our trips to ski or attend the stampede with our friends the Waslens,(Calgarians). As I write this I am filled with gratitude that I had the chance to know such an extraordinary couple. They were role models for us in medicine, nursing, and in their warmth and generosity. Once again , on behalf of Brian and myself, our thoughts and prayers are with you… Janey G Evans

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  3. Bob and Irene Gordon :

    We are saddened to hear of Edna’s passing, and offer our condolances to Judy, David, and their families. As new arrivals to Canada with our three young children, Edna showed us many kindnesses, and we all have fond memories of those times, and of her generous hospitality.
    Bobby and Irene gordon.

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  4. Dr. Howard V. Gimbel and Judy Gimbel :

    We deeply regret that we will be out of town so won’t be able to attend your Mother’s memorial gathering. We are very impressed to read her bio and her photo shows what a beautiful, confident lady she was. We have always felt a kinship to our folks and enjoyed being close to you and your Mother at your Dad’s service. We will be giving a donation to Operation Eyesight in honour of your Mother. Again, our regrets.

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  5. Dear David and Judy,
    I was sorry to read of your mother’s passing.She was a wonderful person. My late husband,Bob White, was born in Elfros Sk. in 1942 and was delivered by your dad.Bob’s parents Bernie and Wilf White were friends of your parents.I met your parents and had them over to our home. They were very special people and I admired them both. Bob and Wilf were very proud of their involvement with Operation Eyesight and I continue to support their humanitarian work.I only wish that I had continued to visit Ernie and Edna after Bob’s death. I know you must be very proud of both of your parents as they truly made a difference in our world.Carol White

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  6. Jacqueline Armstrong :

    To a wonderful mentor to Sakkara Temple Dancers. I will miss you very much. Thank you for your dedication to Daughters of the Nile.

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