With her family by her side, Jean Johnson passed away at Dinsdale Personal Care Home on the morning of Saturday, July 9, 2022.
Jean was born in Broadview, SK in 1934 to parents Robert and Myrtle Judd. The family, including siblings Dorothy and Lyle, moved to Brandon as Jean’s dad was a CP train engineer. The family home was at 321 Russell Street in the East End of Brandon, Jean became an East Ender! Jean attended school in Brandon and began working at an early age at the CP train lunch counter, she then worked as a cook, operated the Curran Park canteen for many summers, and finally worked at Fairview Home. She retired in December 1987.
Jean met AJ and they were married November 11, 1954 in Brandon. After the loss of four baby boys, they welcomed daughter Barb, son Ken, daughter Sandy and daughter Jacquie. As a young boy, Bill John came into our lives and became one of us. Bill and Dad were a pair! Mom always had the door open to our family, friends and the neighbourhood kids. When the “Big House” across the street from her childhood home was going on the market, Mom knew that was the home she wanted for us. We moved to 302 Russell Street, a character home built by the city architect, William Shillinglaw, in 1882. The house was always busy with us and the many neighbourhood kids; their parents knew where to find their kids, at the Johnson’s. It was a home enjoyed by many. Mom was a homemaker and the best mom ever! She loved to play Bingo, scratch tickets, 10-pin bowling, listening to her favourite Allan Jackson and Elvis albums, and in her spare time, she did petti point pictures of our kids, wedding photos, the house and the family dog.
We were fortunate to travel in Canada and the USA in the travel trailer, and got to enjoy a special three-week trip to Disneyland in the station wagon. We were lucky kids back in the day; thanks Mom! Mom loved going to Alberta to visit Ken and Jacquie and their families and grandkids and great grandkids kept her going west with Barb and her family.
Mom remained in her home until this past November when she was hospitalized and then moved to Dinsdale Personal Care Home. She was fortunate to stay in her home because of Sandy and her many neighbours. Thank you to Bernie and Lana, Don and Marion and Paula. Jean will be lovingly remembered by her children Barb (Gregg), Ken, Sandy (Bob), Jacquie (Sheldon), daughters-in-law Doreen and Edna and special daughter Terri; grandchildren Rikki, Ashley, Ali and Donna; great grandchildren Chase, Hannah, Brayden, Eliza, their mom Ashley, Jaxon and Caz. Many nieces and nephews, family and friends will miss Jean and her famous Carrot Cake, chocolate cookies and cheese biscuits. Mom will also be fondly remembered by childhood friend Jean (Robb) Winters from Saskatoon. Jean was predeceased by her husband AJ, son Bill, grandsons Scott and Corey (Rikki), parents Robert and Myrtle, sister Dorothy and brother Lyle.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Moller, Dr. Goosen, and the staff at Dinsdale Personal Care Home. The nurses and aides were wonderful, caring and a great comfort to Mom and us girls. We thank you for making the last few weeks as comfortable as you could for Mom.
The graveside service to celebrate Jean’s life was held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Friday, July 15, 2022. Donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre, 255 Hamilton Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2Y 2C3.