Essie Johnson

Essie Johnson

Monday, January 8th, 1934 - Monday, March 16th, 2020
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JOHNSON: Janet Essie, age 86 years, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The seventh of nine children, she was born to the late Janet and Frank Taylor on the family farm near Portage la Prairie in 1934. Mom married her best friend Versyl on November 3, 1962 and they enjoyed 58 wonderful years together. Mom is survived by her husband Versyl, daughters Tara (Dave) Kitt and Dana (Ken) Templeton, grandchildren Brett, Jordan, Taylor (Moumen) and Madison, great-granddaughter Ella, brother William Taylor and sister Judy Taylor. Mom embraced life to the fullest with a sharp sense of humor, an inner strength and wisdom admired by all, and unconditional love. She treasured family above all else and was devoted to her loved ones. Upon retiring from Assiniboine Community College, mom and dad spent many happy summers at their cabin at Clear Lake and enjoyed winter vacations in the south. She loved nothing more than a glass of wine and a game of Scrabble with her daughters, which she always won! Mom’s grandchildren were her pride and joy and she was an integral part of their lives growing up. She loved watching her grandchildren play soccer, hockey and baseball and was a proud fan at all games. They will forever cherish and remember their grandparents’ home as a place of love and laughter. We grieve mom’s loss but are blessed and grateful for all the wonderful years together. The family would like to thank the staff of Rideau Park Personal Care Home and the Brandon Regional Health Centre for their kindness, care and compassion. A private family graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Portage la Prairie with Ron Moffit officiating. Donations in memory of Essie may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 – 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.
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Theresa Gibbons

Posted at 01:10am
Remember to cherish memories - not to be easily be forgotten. Essie did indeed have a quick whit and was always laughing about something. Take care of yourselves.

Carol Shust

Posted at 06:34pm
Vern,Dana, Tara and families,
I am so very sorry to read of Essie's passing. She was one of my dearest friends from my very first job at Assiniboine Community College. We had so much fun, she was a hoot! She always spoke her mind, sometimes her mouth was way faster than her brain but boy what a terrific lady! She was the best mother to you girls, always talking about your achievements whenever I stopped in to visit her. She never stopped bragging about her grandchildren either. She was so proud of all of you. We are all going to miss her dearly but I am so thankful I had the privilege of knowing her and being able to call her my friend. Carol Shust

Raymond and Hilda Wood

Posted at 02:33pm
Dear Vern, Tara, Dana and Families.

Ray and I were saddened to learn of Essie's passing. We have fond memories of great times shared while we were neighbours on Elviss Crescent and of Essie helping us set up our nursery--actually showing us how to wallpaper--prior to the arrival of our first born. For many years we also enjoyed our summer visits in the Old Campground at Clear Lake. Treasure all your wonderful memories of happy times. With sincere sympathy, Ray and Hilda Wood.

Marie Matheson

Posted at 12:50pm
Sincere sympathies to Essie's family. I worked at ACC in the 80's and early '90's and Essie was one of the most vibrant, quick witted ladies I worked with. Essie loved a good laugh and time spent near her meant your mood was quickly elevated. May all your special memories of her provide great comfort on your difficult days. 🙏

Traci Gaucher

Posted at 05:56pm
Tara and Dana and families,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your mom.
Thoughts are with you at this time.
Traci and Dwayne Gaucher

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