Donna Joanne Johnson
30 August, 1937 – 17 March, 2021
Our dearly loved Mom and Grandma, Donna Joanne Johnson passed away March 17, 2021 leaving a great void in our hearts.
Donna was born on August 30, 1937, the eldest child of Charles and Alpha McLean of Hay Lakes Alberta, and lived most of her life in Vernon BC.
Donna gave life and love to three children Jill, Jeff and Ross. Donna's two grandsons Matthew and Tanner Field were truly the stars in her universe and she took great pride in all their accomplishments. When Matt was 2 years old, he promised her that he would"someday" dance with her, and it was the highlight of her life when she danced with Matt at his wedding. She always looked forward to and enjoyed Matt's (and later Matt and Dayley's) regular visits. Tanner's artistic talent from the time he was little, wasalways of special interest to Donna and she nurtured that creativity, which ultimately set his course in life. She missed seeing Tanner as often, as recently he has been away at University.
Donna was an extremely gifted seamstress and could easily create anything from a dog's snowsuit to an exquisite wedding gown. For many years she did alterations out of her home and was equally talented when it came to knitting, winning her first knitting competitionwhen she was six.
Donna was a homemaker, a wonderful cook and an awesome baker, much to the delight of friends and family. However, despite these domestic talents, one of the most appreciated times in her later years was when she had housekeeping come to her apartment! Donnawas quiet yet social and enjoyed spending time with her friends, walking and travelling. Her preferred way to relax was to sit with her feet up knitting and watching curling on TV
Life was unkind to Donna the past two years after having a stroke and fighting that battle along with a cancer diagnosis. Donna was a brave and caring woman who will be lovingly remembered by her children Jeff (Joanne Campbell) Johnson, Ross (Kim Kurbis) Johnson, Jill (Pat) Field; Her grandsons Matt (Dayley) Field and Tanner Field; her sister Dianne Brockhoff; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her sisters in law Opal Johnson and Carol (Chester) Woiden and the children's father Arlo Johnson.
The family is so appreciative of the great care and compassion that Donna received from her very dear friend Betty Holtskog as well as Dr. Raupach and all of the staff from cottage 1 and 5 at Heron Grove.
There will be a livestream of her service on Friday, March 26th at 1:00pm. In Lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate sending your donations to support Heart & Stroke Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society.
Service of Remembrance
Friday, 26 March , 2021
Donna Joanne Johnson
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26 March 2021
Our deepest sympathy to Donna’s family. We have known Donna for many years. She always expressed great interest in our family and helped us with so many projects..from a last minute alteration to a ski racing suit to seeing a beautiful grad gown for our eldest daughter. She was a truly beautiful person..delightful to visit and a dear friend to many. She will be missed.
Tina Rochford and family
Stephen & Yvonne Feedham
25 March 2021
We are sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, Ross and Kim. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grief.
Stephen & Yvonne Feedham, neighbours
25 March 2021
Jill, Jeff, Ross and extended family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Donna and I grew up in Hay Lakes and also lived together as one of the six girls. So we were friends through our whole lives. Lately we kept in touch on our August birthdays. Your Mom was always a beautiful quiet mannered person. So sorry about her final years. May she Rest In Peace.. love Pat
19 March 2021
In memory of my wife Donna, dutiful Wife and mother to our three children Jill ,Ross, Jeff.
Our journey started in June 21 1958 with a storybook wedding and honeymoon. We were together for 46 years, you get to know some one well in that amount of time. Donna was a gifted artisan of the first order, she created many of the shirts and pants that I wore. She created many fabulous wedding dresses and did custom sewing for many many people. We had memories of many great trips one being our Caribbean 14 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean in 1982 with our sons Ross an d Jeff 19and 17 years old. She was one of a kind and will be missed....Rest in Peace