Garner Funeral Service

10 Lawrence Ave, Potsdam, NY


Kelly Johnson-Eilola

July 22, 1965March 16, 2020

Mrs. Kelly Johnson-Eilola, age 54, of St. Regis Falls, NY passed away suddenly at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital on March 16, 2020. Arrangements for cremation are with the Garner Funeral Service. Thoughts, memories and condolences can be shared @www.garnerfh.com. Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Burlington, VT or to the Potsdam Humane Society.

Kelly is survived by her husband, Johndan Johnson-Eilola, and her daughter, Carolyn Eilola.

Kelly was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 22, 1965 to the late Carl and Edith Youngs Johnson. She attended and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY Potsdam. She was married to Johndan Johnson-Eilola on August 19, 1988 in Houghton, MI. Kelly worked for decades as a hotline crisis counselor and sexual health educator. She was currently employed with the Health Initiative in Potsdam.

Kelly was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton. She volunteered for many local and national organizations and loved her dogs enormously.


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Jody Brown

April 4, 2020

I worked with Kelly on UU Youth activities years ago. She will be sorely missed.

Angela Putnam

March 30, 2020

All of us at Hope Lodge were just devastated to hear about Kelly. She always had a smile for others. Sending you all so much love from the Hope Lodge family.

Relani Prudhomme

March 30, 2020

Kelly always made you feel like you were SOMEbody. She had a contagious exuberance that raised the energy wherever she went. She inspired a joy and creativity in those around her and was a beloved teacher for so many young and old.

Jana Prudhomme

March 30, 2020

Kelly made such an impact on my adolescence as one of the leaders of SLC TeensH.E.L.P.! She was always so sweet, positive, caring and incredibly SMART. I learned so much from her, not only about sexual health, but about kindness and compassion for others. I will always hold her dear in my memories.

Stephanie Schuckers

March 29, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Sincerely, Stephanie Schuckers

Johndan Johnson-Eilola

March 28, 2020

Thanks to everyone for their kinds words. I'm pleased to see that others saw such strength, dedication, and joy in Kelly's life. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Brian and Kelly Chezum

March 28, 2020

Our condolences to Johndan and his family in this difficult time. We are thinking of you and all the good Kelly brought to this world.

Carolyn M. White

March 26, 2020

My sincere condolences to Kelly's family and all of her loved ones. Any meeting I ever attended was made far better by her presence, her smile, her graciousness, her willingness to help, her sense of humor, her knowledge and intelligence...……….She truly was one of the good angels and will be missed.

Rebecca Faber

March 25, 2020

Johndan and Carolyn: just learned of Kelly's death and am heartbroken. I can't fathom the loss to you but I know what a loss it is to the community. I'll miss Kelly's smile, her genuine compassion for the most vulnerable in our society, and her truly piercing wit. I didn't see her often but I heard about her work wherever I went, and when we met up at Health Initiative meetings or other events, we could always start our conversation just where we'd left off. She instilled hope in St. Lawrence County and I know she'll be long remembered for that. Love to you both.

Valerie Ingram

March 20, 2020

Johndan, Carolyn, and all who loved Kelly, I am so terribly sorry to learn of Kelly's death. What a terrible loss for you and for all those, particularly young people, who benefited from her encouragement, wise counsel, honest information, and bright spirit. She was a mentor to me as a sexuality education facilitator at our church, We counted on her knowledge, wisdom, and common sense, not to mention that her sense of humor made it just a ton of fun to be with her. She will be truly, truly missed. The world needs more people like Kelly.