Agnes Johnson passed away peacefully in her Vernon home on March 2, 2006 at the age of 88 years. She was born January 31, 1918 in Mariawohl, Russia to Henry and Anna Funk. At the age of 8, her family made the journey to Canada. Agnes grew up on the family homestead in Lymburn, Alberta and it always held a special place in her heart. One of the highlights of her golden years was the family reunion held there in 1996.
Agnes met her future husband, Albert Johnson, while working in the Dawson Creek hardware store during the construction of the Alaska Highway. They were married in 1942 and moved to Ocean Falls where their daughter, Dianne, was born in 1945. The family later moved to Surrey where Agnes worked for many years at Yoshizawa Greenhouses where she became an honorary member of the Yoshizawa family. Shortly after Albert passed away in 1993, Agnes moved to Chilliwack and then to Vernon in 2001.
Agnes was hard working and dedicated to her family. Her creativity, love of life and nature extended to everything she did. This was evident in her passion for gardening which she cherished for its adventure as well as it beauty. She would harvest the tiniest seed from a tree, plant it and nurture it for years until it was ready to “go out on its own”. That nurturing spirit extended to her personal relationships and she became a surrogate mom and grandma to many. Mom loved to knit and every newborn received a lovingly created garment or shawl. She was also an avid hockey fan, ever loyal to the Vancouver Canucks.
Mom had so much to teach us. One of her greatest joys was seeing someone she loved appreciate and benefit from her wisdom. Mom had a lasting impact on every life she touched. We will miss her deeply and her spirit will remain in our hearts forever.
Agnes is survived by her daughter Dianne Johnson of Vernon, her brothers George (Margie) Funk of Tofield, Alberta and Peter (Frieda)Funk of Jordan Station, Ontario and numerous nieces and nephews. Agnes is also mourned by her “adopted” son Allan (Adrienne) Emmons, grandchildren Gordon (Dana) Emmons, Tammy (Brian) Boersma and great-grandchildren Jeffrey, Maegan and Halayna, all of Chilliwack. She was predeceased by her husband Albert, her parents and five siblings.
The family would like to thank friends and caregivers for their continued support over the last few years with special thanks to Marilyn Talbot, Anna Drodge and Cher Stevens.
A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.