Muriel JOHNSON

JOHNSON, Muriel Gertrude (Mimi)

January 16, 1922 – November 4, 2016

Mimi passed away peacefully just shy of her 95th birthday. She lives on in the fond memories of her sons Brian and Donald, their spouses, her 6 grandchildren, Julie, Craig, Megan, Jennifer, Devin & Christine, her 7 great – grandchildren, Kate, Jack,

Savio, Sadie, Leo, Hugo & Cole, relatives and many friends she met during a full life.

Born in Revelstoke BC, Muriel Moran lived the first 35 years of her life in Field BC, in Yoho National Park. Her childhood was filled with skiing, hiking, loving the wildlife and meeting people from faraway places who were touring the Rockies. The trains took her on regular visits to her grandparents and family in Revelstoke and the Burridge summer camp at Three Valley Lake.

Work with the CPR brought Peter Johnson originally from Hope BC, to Field whom Muriel married in 1946. They bought the little white house beside the railway crossing into town (it is still there) and in the following years Brian and Don were born. The building of the Trans-Canada Highway, a car and Peter’s CPR job started her on a life of adventures across western Canada over the next 27 years. They moved to Revelstoke, Kamloops, back to Revelstoke, Cranbrook, Edmonton and Winnipeg. The highways, trains and later airplanes kept them close to family and all the friends Mimi was quick to meet in each new city. These trips included special ones to Field and later Salmon Arm to visit her parents Peter & Ada Moran and her beloved sister Jackie Roger in Revelstoke and at Annis Bay on Shuswap Lake. Their houses were always busy with people enjoying her cooking and wonderful baking. Monty the beagle also got his specially made meat loaves. As well as entertaining, Mimi kept busy knitting, volunteering, dancing, and taking classes like copper tooling and Chinese cooking. She loved gardening and even worked in a friend’s flower shop for a time.

In 1983 Peter retired and they moved to Kelowna to be closer to Brian and Don and the grandchildren. Mimi continued to ski and swim especially with grandchildren well into her 70’s and even went boat tubing. She and Peter continued adventures with trips to England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa & Alaska as well as road trips throughout BC. In 1998 they moved to White Rock to be closer to family and in 2003 she lost her beloved Peter. She continued her adventures with a trip across Canada with friends, trips to visit Don who had moved to California and trips to Shuswap Lake and back to Field. Her last few years were spent in the loving care of the folks at Westminster House in South Surrey with visits from relatives and friends.

Loving, caring, funny, sociable Nana will be missed by us all.


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