April 23, 1955 – Peace River, Alberta
March 24, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta
Gail Pamela Johnson of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the age of 62 years.
Gail Pamela Johnson the first child of Alan and Frances Rudkin was born on April 23, 1955 in Peace River, Alberta. Gail was followed by sister, Jane and two brothers, David and Bruce. A happy child, Gail had precocious language skills much like her niece Natalie. Her Dad, Alan, an employee of Imperial Oil had frequent transfers between Edmonton and Calgary and once to Toronto, where the youngest sibling Bruce was born. One consistency was the family cottage on Pigeon Lake, where many fun filled summers were spent. The cottage remains in the family to this day. Gail, being a strong and accomplished swimmer, taught swimming lessons at Pigeon Lake as a summer job. Attending the University of Calgary, Gail obtained her Education degree. During this time Gail met Walter and they were married August 6, 1977. A few years later Walter accepted an overseas position with Husky Oil and the couple moved to Jakarta, Indonesia. While overseas Gail was a teacher in the school for the expat children and travelled extensively with Walter – they are the most widely travelled people I know. After thirteen years in Jakarta, Gail and Walter returned to Calgary, but soon moved back to Jakarta on a second overseas tour. This was cut short in 1998 when they were evacuated due to rioting in Jakarta. The proverbial straw had dropped and they elected not to continue overseas duties. It was wonderful to once again have Gail back home. The best part was she could watch her nieces and nephews growing up and get to know her stepdaughters. In 2013 her step-grandchild, Asher was born. Gail was a fun, dedicated grandma and made frequent trips to Edmonton to play with him. There were literally dozens of dinners, brunches, gingerbread and Easter egg decorating sessions, ski runs and trips to the lake shared with Gail – all enriching times. Gail and Walter were based in Calgary but built a lovely second home on their beautiful Sylvan Lake property. Gail loved the lake and spent hours canoeing and rambling about the forest. She was an avid nature observer and kept journals of her observations such as when the hummingbirds arrived in the spring and departed in the autumn. She carefully noted the comings and goings of the Bald Eagle pair that nested on their property. These were the good years cherished by Gail. In more recent times Gail was redefining herself. She did volunteer work, monitored Bluebird nest boxes with egg and chick counts and leg banding. Her somewhat eccentric personality and wacky sense of humour sequed into acting lessons and voice training. Gail was kind, generous, a sensitive soul. She had a genuine interest and love for her family. Gail has departed far too soon, we miss her so much.
Gail is survived by a sister, Jane Rudkin; two brothers, Dr. David Rudkin and Dr. Bruce Rudkin; four nieces, Andrea, Natalie, Diana and Tessa Rudkin as well as two nephews, Scott and Dryden Rudkin. She also survived by a sister-in-law, Annelieke Rudkin; two step-daughters, Monica Johnson and Marnie Lovell; two sons-in-law, Paul Saathof and Justin Lovell; and a step-grandchild, Asher Lovell. Gail was predeceased by her parents Alan and Frances Rudkin
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the reception center. Graveside Service will be held at the Eckville Cemetery on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Gail will be gratefully accepted towards Ellis Bird Farm, Box 5090, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1W7. https://www.ellisbirdfarm.ca Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Gail Johnson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575Print This Obituary & Condolences