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JOHNSON, Marion Edith (nee Van Slyke)

January 7, 1930 – September 20, 2012
MARION EDITH (VAN SLYKE) JOHNSON was born on January 7, 1930 in Red Deer, Alberta to Ross and Adelaide Van Slyke. She was the youngest of 3, having two older brothers Allan and Donald. She lived on the farm until about the age of 14. She attended the one room Balmoral school to grade 9 and then went to the city school in Red Deer where she graduated grade 12. After graduation she went to Edmonton and took a secretarial course at the Alberta College. After college she landed a job in Red Deer and also attended the Naramata Christian Leadership Training School. She met and fell in love with the boy next door (literally), Albert Johnson. They married July 18, 1953 and made their home in Bowness and then Calgary. They were blessed with 5 children, Ross, Ralph, Donald, Vicki (Walstrom) and David.
When she found out two of her boys were deaf she became involved with what became the Society for Hearing Handicapped Children. Over a period of 35 years, she and Albert helped build the Southern Alberta Deaf Centre and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Calgary, acting as treasurer, keeping the books and running the office. She taught sign language and lip reading courses and relayed phone messages for the deaf. She was passionate about meeting the needs of deaf people. She realized early on her deaf children would become deaf adults who would need a core set of resources to help them navigate through their adulthood. In 1983 she received the Government of Alberta Achievement Award for her work there.
From 1980 – 1983 Marion spent 5 weeks a year in Brandon, Manitoba interpreting for Ralph while he took his Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Program. There were a shortage of interpreters in Manitoba and she wasn’t going to let his dream die because of that. Ralph received his diploma and has had a successful career as a Heavy Duty Mechanic ever since. Marion used to always joke that Ralph was the youngest college graduate having graduated from the old Mount Royal College (preschool program) at age 5. He was destined to become a scholar.
She was also active with the United Church Women and earned the Calgary Presbyterial 50 year award in February of this year.
She and Albert enjoyed many trips over the course of their lives and spent twelve winters as snowbirds in Mesa, Arizona.
Marion was predeceased by her husband Albert and her great-granddaughter Kiana. Albert and Kiana both passed away August 8th; Albert in 2007 and Kiana in 2000.
She is survived by son Ross and his family (Aiko, Coralie, Bev), Terry (Dom), Mark (Eva), Nathan (Catherine), Elias, Brigitte, Sari, son Ralph and his family (Terri, Donna), Jamie (Alex), Becky (Reynold), Lilah, Eden, Noah, Chase, son Donald and his family (Joyce), Ryan (Erin, Donna), Rachel, daughter Vicki and her family (Ross, Paul), Cody (Lindsay), Cammi, Deanna (Jay), Desirae (Cole, Steve), Clinton, Clayton (Leah), Darian, Viktor, Hale, Bleyk, Holden, Mason, Slade, Bruin, Jordan, Deja, son David and his family (Leonor), Marissa, Clarissa.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of Marion’s favourite charities, the Red Cross Society.
Funeral Service
3803 69 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 2:00 P.M.

Graveside Service
Lakeview Cemetery, Stettler, Alberta
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 11:00 A.M.

In living memory of Marion Johnson,
McINNIS & HOLLOWAY has provided a tree to be
Dedicated at Fish Creek Provincial Park
September 14 & 15, 2013

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  1. Bob and Joanne Allen :

    Our condolences, we plan to attend the funeral. Marion was such a positive person. Wonderful memory of her.

    She was very interesting to talk to – good conversation with Marion.

    God Bless,

    Joanne Allen (daughter-in-law of Anna Allen – who was married to Bernie Allen).

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  2. Nancy & Terry Kumm :

    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother and my Aunt. She will be sorely missed, she touched the lives of so many people in a positive way.
    You are in our prayers.
    Love Terry & Nancy

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  3. Wendy and Dave Watt :


    So sorry to hear about your Mom. Her love and devotion to family was an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Wendy and Dave Watt

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  4. Condoleances to all the member of the family, specialy Terry and Ross Johnson from all the Tessier family in Quebec

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  5. So sorry about Ralph’s mom who passed away. I remember her from the Thanksgiving dinner at church I sat together with you and her and Donald too & she’s very pleasant & so friendly.

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  6. My heartfelt condolences to Marion’s family. I knew her but a few years, she was my neighbor in Watergrove and I counted myself so lucky to have such a warm, funny, interesting lady next door to me. A ready smile, quick wit, such a good Crib player (fast counter of points)winner of family tournaments. She was a true Christian and will be missed by all who had the good luck to know her.

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  7. In her quiet, gentle, unassuming way Auntie Marion left a large mark on my very being. She cared enough to love. Thank you, Albert and Marion Johnson family, for sharing. Souls are reunited.
    Hearts will mend.

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  8. Sorry to hear that your mom is in heaven to be with her husband. Our prayers are with you. She is not in pain, but in your heart forever. Rest in Peace Marion.
    From Margie Bosch

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  9. Bill & Laurie Clay :

    Dearest Johnson Family

    Tears may last for a moment
    Memories will last forever.

    With Our Sincere Sympathy
    May it comfort you to know that our caring thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

    God Bless
    Bill & Laurie

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  10. I have early memories of Aunt Addie and Uncle Charlie’s great place in Red Deer, I am sure that is where I first met Marion. Dan And AnnaBelle McKinnon are my parents and I managed to see and speak to Marion and Albert at a few McKinnon functions over the years.

    We are very sorry to hear of her passing.

    Dale and Donna McKinnon

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  11. Aunty Marion will be missed by all who knew her. She was a wonderful person & touched so many people in so many ways. Andy, Tammie, Amanda & I send our love to you all Hugs Laurie

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  12. Lydia Labre (nee Noel) :

    My sincere sympathy goes to the numerous descendants of Albert & Marion Johnson. I met them both in 1992 on the trip to England & France for the 50th anniversary of the Dieppe Operation Jubilee, organized by the Calgary 50/14 Tank Association. Very charming people. Most years subsequent to that, I met them annually when I could make the annual meetings in Red Deer, and then Olds.
    It was a joy to take my late mother, Kay Noel, to Albert & Marion’s 50th anniversary celebration in central Alberta. I still have the happy couple pictured on a fridge magnet!
    So many pleasant memories to dwell on when the tide of the loss washes over all so very near & dear to them both.

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  13. Brenda & Larry Yackle :

    Vicki and Ross

    We are thinking of you and your family in these difficult times.

    Brenda & Larry Yackle

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