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JOHNSON, Erika Cullane

April 21, 1961 – Harvey Station, York, New Brunswick
December 1, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Erika Cullane Johnson Shillito passed away peacefully December 1st, 2018 at Agapé Hospice in Calgary, AB.

She was born April 21st, 1961 in Harvey, NB, the second youngest of six siblings. Not long after high school, Erika packed her bags and made her first big adventure to Calgary. It was here that she met the love of her life and future husband, John, with whom she had three beautiful children. As the years went on many things changed except for Erika’s positive, carefree outlook on life. She moved back to New Brunswick, remarried and had another daughter whom she adored as well. She eventually made the biggest move of her life by moving across the world to Greece for a number of years. She would eventually find her way back to Alberta and back to John in 2003, and it was as if time had stood still for them. They spent every moment they could together and remained inseparable until the very end.

Erika was predeceased by her parents, Edna and Sheard Johnson, and her mother and father-in-law, Patricia and Charles Shillito. She is survived by her husband, John; her children Kyle, Todd, Whitney, and Maggie; and her adopted daughter Terri-Lee Loyie; her sisters Janice Donohue, Marilea Smith (Ed); and brothers, Lee, Ronald-Dean and Vance Johnson.

Erika touched the lives of so many people and made so many lifelong friends. Erika drew you in because of her caring heart, her angelic singing voice, her love of all people and animals, as well as her ability to light up the room with her infectious smile. It is impossible to sum up a woman as incredible as Erika and anyone that had the pleasure of knowing her knows that she is truly unforgettable. May you find solace in knowing that she can now play guitar with her idol Janis Joplin and sing in the Angel’s choir.

A special thanks to Dr. Jeremy Debruyn and all the kind and compassionate staff at Agape Hospice.

To respect Erika’s wishes a Celebration of Life will be held in the New Year, details to come. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588.

In living memory of Erika Johnson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Mommy,
    I miss you so much! Words can’t describe the pain I have in my heart every day knowing you’ll never call me again or sing to me again. I will go on but my heart will never be the same. S’agapw Gia panta mama!!!!!

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  2. Dearest Whitney and family, we are so sorry for your loss of this beautiful lady. Our love and prayers are sent to you with hopes to comfort you today and always.
    With love,
    Rosalind & Barry (Williams)

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  3. Sue Bill Jonelle Martin :

    Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person. So very sorry for your loss

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  4. Hannah Ransom & Jesse Squires :

    Extending our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and praying for comfort for you and your family. We hope your faith will give you strength in this sad time. We are always here for you.

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  5. Gloria (Currie) Nason :

    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies in the loss of your beloved Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend..My thoughts, and prayers are with you, and your families during this difficult time.. Rest In Peace, Erika..<3

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  6. Dear Whitney my condolences go out to you and your family.Your mother was a very special person .Know that she will always be there watching over you. Ronald Jaime Matthew and Diana With Love

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  7. You were an amazing, intriguing and beautiful person. You’ll always be the crazy sock cat lady! Say hi to Parker for me….

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  8. Linds R Nason :

    A Mama is such a special person in the lives of so many. May your treasured memories be of comfort to you at this difficult and sad time.Blessings to your family.

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  9. There are so many things I want to say, and I don’t know where to start. I miss you. You’ve left a hole in not just my life but in the lives of everyone that knew you. I can’t even count the times we laughed until we cried and cried until we laughed. Your soul was light in darkness to so many people. But a piece of that soul continues on in Whitney, Kyle, Todd and Maggie and Teri-Lee. You raised wonderful people and did it with strength few can lay claim to. Rest easy Erika, knowing you was one of the best things in my life.
    You were my Louise from the beginning and will always be. I love you my friend.

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  10. Jaime Bouchard :

    Erika (Maj) was the most kindest gentle soul you would ever meet in your life. She would welcome anybody and everybody to the home and help you with anything you could ever need. She was a second mom to me, a friend at some times, a mother at others, and a teacher on other occassions. She was the kindest most giving person I have ever met. The most wonderful lady. Always there for me no matter what it was that was needed. I loved her so much. She will be greatly missed by me and my family. Words still cant express how much she meant. The whole world is at a loss with this tragedy. I will love you forever and you will always have a piece of my heart Maj. You just kicked A**!!!!. Lol You were the definition of family. I hope you are jammin on that guitar and rockin out up in heaven. Till we meet again you amazing beauty.

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  11. My heart has a ragged hole. Surrounding all of you in a huge hug. Thanks Whitney for letting us know.

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  12. LOVE you and thinking of you all! Xoxo

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  13. Very sorry for your loss. Erika was a beautiful soul.

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  14. My sincere condolences to the family.

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  15. Willa & Michael Piercy :

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of Erika’s family and friends. Erika was a beautiful lady.

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  16. Deepest condolences to Everyone. Erika was a kind and loving soul who helped me and encouraged me so much. I will miss her and hold my memories of her in my heart.

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  17. Todd,
    Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories shared with your Mom. All my love to you and your family.

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  18. Sending sincere condolences to the family. Erica is singing with the angels now. May God put his loving arms around you all.

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  19. Great big hugs to Erika’s family.

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  20. god bless you all,Erika was a very happy person to be around . when you wernt felling so happy she would say so many positive things to bring your spirites up. thinking of you all,may god bless.

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  21. Our sincere condolences to the entire family. The Astorino family will always have a place in our hearts for Erika.

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  22. Please accept my sincere condolences to Erika’s family and the Johnson family. Gone too soon Erika. Rest easy with bigs hugs!

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  23. Marilyn L MacKeigan :

    Sorry for your loss. Remembering Erika with fondness. A childhood neighbour and friend.

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  24. Sheri Swift Shenton :

    Heartfelt condolences to Erika’s immediate family and to the Johnsons. May your many happy memories sustain you all through this sad and difficult time.

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  25. I’m am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do please let me know. From my family to yours, our deepest condolences.

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  26. Sharon Raycroft and Geoff Wilcox :

    John, Whitney, Todd, Kyle, Terri-Lee and Maggie – we share your sorrow. It is difficult to accept that Erika is gone. We have many precious memories – she was so full of warmth, joy, music and above all, an indomitable spirit. We will miss her greatly.
    There is a new angel in heaven and she’s got a guitar!

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