JOHNSTON, Bernice (Bernie) With great sadness the family of Bernice Johnston announces her passing, after a brief illness, on January 18, 2013, at 97 years of age. Bernie was born in Glenella, Manitoba on January 31, 1915 to Peter and Rose Gash. She was predeceased by her wonderful daughter Joy (Paul) Paquin, her beloved husband John, her brothers Joe, Stan, Cliff and Walter, and her sisters Rose, Victoria, and Francis. Bernie is survived by her brother Tony Gash in Ontario, son Terry (Carol) in Victoria, five grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren: David (Thea) Johnston with children Ava Jean, Scout and Harlow in Hawaii, Jennifer (Scott) Warren with children Georgia, Cooper and Beatrice in Vancouver, Rebecca (Grey) Showler with children Cohen and Zevin in Victoria, John (Susan) Paquin and son Jake in Victoria, Ben (Tracy) Paquin with children Taya, Maycin, Brody and Sailor in Victoria. Bernie was a joyful, youthful and energetic lady loved by her friends and adored by her family. Throughout her life, she had many interests. Bernie enjoyed bridge and golf. In her 80's she had a hole-in-one at Cedar Hill Golf Course. Bernie belonged to the Cordova Bay 55 and Up Club, and took pride in hosting their Annual Corn Roast at "The Farm". She loved travelling to Hawaii where she celebrated her 95th birthday. Her favourite expression there was, "Just one more trip!" Bernie enjoyed her four years of friendships at the Berwick Royal Oak and always had time for a cup of tea and a chat. She was a master in the kitchen. Whether baking 150 pies for a bazaar, short breads for Christmas, serving gourmet dinners, or making her famous tea sandwiches, Bernie did it all with great ease and passion. With sadness in Bernie's passing, and joy in celebrating her wonderful, long, and inspiring life, we, therefore, grieve and smile. We have another Angel to watch over us in this Dear Grand Lady…how lucky can we be! Private family service by request. A celebration of Bernie's life will be held in the Spring with a tea at "The Farm". Flowers gratefully declined, donations to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2013