Mrs. Linda Gail Johnston

March 14, 1948November 18, 2021
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JOHNSTON, Linda Gail March 14, 1948 - November 18, 2021

It is with profound sadness we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mom, wife and nana, Linda Johnston (nee Porter) on Thursday November 18, 2021. She will be forever missed by her loving husband of 51 years, Pete, and her children, Shannon Chalmers (Ben) and Mark Johnston (Leslie). Nana was particularly adored and loved by her five beautiful grandsons, Lincoln and Griffin Chalmers, Cayden, Kesler and Jace Johnston, who her world revolved around and she loved so fiercely (her own sports team). Linda is also survived by her brothers, Mark Porter (Monie), and much loved niece Lindsey (Pete) and Ross Porter, along with cherished friends and family she has left behind. Family was so important to Linda.

Born and raised in Victoria, BC, by her late parents, Doris and Vernon Porter, Linda met the love of her life at her high school graduation and were sweethearts ever since. After their wedding, they moved to the Lower Mainland where Pete had became employed by the Royal Bank. They settled first in Coquitlam before making their way to the interior with stops in Vernon, Cranbrook and Kamloops before settling back in the Tri-Cities in ‘84. Along the way were many adventures - opening her own donut shop in Vernon, curling in Cranbrook, slow pitch in Kamloops, as well as the start of kids sports, which would become a major part of Linda’s life and eventually lead to her meeting some of her most treasured friends (her chosen family).

Linda took great pleasure and pride in volunteering with her kids sports teams and in the community, later spending her retirement years volunteering at the food bank for over 15 years. While there, Linda’s love for helping others was demonstrated by the way she would bring in specialty items for her much adored ‘regulars’ in the hopes of brightening their day. A dedicated mom, a proud and devoted nana, Linda spent hours canning, cooking and baking and enjoyed her daily crossword puzzles with Pete.

Linda held her friends close to her heart and would often open her home and arms to both family and friends; whether it be for a glass of wine and a hug or a short stay; her graciousness, hospitality and generosity knew no bounds. Linda impacted so many people’s lives, we feel such a deep sense of loss and have been comforted by the calls, messages and keeping us all in your thoughts. Flowers are gratefully declined; in lieu, if you have the means, please donate to your local food bank and help spread Linda’s love of helping others far and wide, or to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC. The family will be holding a celebration of Linda’s life in spring 2022.

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