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March 7, 1920 - February 13, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Frances (Fran) Johnson on February 13, 2013 at the age of 92 years. Frances was born in Saskatchewan and was the last surviving, and youngest, of the Weinmeyer children. She loved "working" in her yard and greenhouse of her Killarney home. Frances had a passion for travel and visited many countries around the world. She was a generous contributor to numerous charities and had great compassion for unfortunates. Frances was an elementary teacher for the Calgary Board of Education for many years. She gained many friends through her work and social life – she will be fondly remembered by them all. Mom will forever be remembered as the most positive person anybody knew. Even when her health was seriously deteriorating, she was rarely down or depressed. This is a testament to her optimistic outlook. She was extremely loving and generous with family and generally just loved life. Frances survived two husbands, Vernon Wilkinson, Carl Johnson and also survived her long-time companion Bernardus (Ben) Ruyg. Frances is survived by her sons Barry (Lois), Greg (Maria) and grandchildren Erik and Angela. She is also survived by her stepchildren Ron Johnson, Marilyn Crabb, and Dennis Johnson (Lynda). We will all remember her as the best ever Mom to her kids and Nanny to her grandchildren. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Millrise Place, the Foothills Medical Centre and the Brentwood Care Centre for making Mom's final years as comfortable as they could be. By prearrangement, her body was assigned to the University of Calgary Medical Research Department. No flowers please – we just ask that you remember Mom in your hearts. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church (2223 - 34 Street S.W.) on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with The Rev. Robert Dielissen, Presider. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Fran's family through www.evanjstrong.com. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. Telephone: 403-265-1199.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2013