Beatrice Lillian Johnston

April 27, 2016 8 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Bea (BJ) passed away on April 22nd, at the age of 77, in her home. She leaves behind her husband of 53 years Ken, her daughter Lori, her son Donald with his wife Tracey and his son Joshua, and her daughter Terri and her husband Brad and her son Edward. She leaves behind her sister Shirley (Wayne) and her brother Paul (Mary) along with many relatives and close friends. We lost her siblings Elmer (Elsie), Lorne (Marie), Laura, and Les (Phyllis) in recent years and miss them all greatly. She was a nurse for over 40 year with 25 years at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and took that practical and caring attitude into her volunteer work during retirement. She was a grandmother who lived to make her grandchildren laugh. We will all remember her many talents and the incredible gifts she made for each of us over the years. She is now at peace.

Endless Love by Tilitha Waicekauskas
Mama crocheted miles of lace
And doilies by the score.
Bedspreads, afghans, tablecloths
Were added to her store.
Slippers, shawls and mittens
To keep her family warm,
Any every stitch became a prayer
To keep us safe from harm.
She's gone but I'm surrounded
By her endless love and prayers,
For Mama left behind the proof
Of how a mother cares.

Memorial Service will be held at Kirk United Church on May 14th, 2016 at 4:00 pm, with reception to follow.

If you wish we recommend Petals On the Trail (owned by a family friend) as an option for flowers. Donations can be made to the Cross Cancer Institute in mom's name at

  1. So sorry for your loss. I worked with Bea for years before she retired. She was a wonderful nurse with a beautiful smile. I learned a lot from her and remember most how giving she was to the patients especially at Christmas making them little gifts to lift their spirits.

  2. My condolences to the family of Bea. I worked with Bea at the RAH and enjoyed her friendship and sense of humour. She was a compassionate nurse with a “big” heart. Her memory will remain in the lives of many people she cared for and worked with. Her crochet gift touched me dearly and hangs on my Christmas tree yearly—this will continue as I remember my co-worker Bea. May you rest in peace my friend.

  3. Ken, Lori and Terri – I was so shocked to hear of Bea’s passing. I have wonderful memories of dinners at your house, parties at our house and many Lions events. And the house boat trip in BC. Although we lost touch in the last few years I often thought of her and her talent for crocheting snowflakes. She was a wonderful person, thoughtful, kind and loving; she will be missed by many.

  4. We’re very sorry to hear about Bea passing. Our deepest sympathy to Ken. And your family Bea a remarkable lady kind with a smile and great heart caring lady helping people.was her love. Bless you all

  5. Ken, Lori, Terri , Donald and families. I worked with Bea for many years on night shift. She was a “true “nurse and a great friend. When I started nursing she was my mentor and role model. Her compassion and kindness to others always evident.She loved looking after the elderly and would make sure they were all tucked in at night. Bea, I’m a better person for knowing you and you will be greatly missed.
    Friend Forever,

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all I also worked nights with Bea and we were good friends. She and Ken came to visit us in Brockville after we moved.She was a terrific nurse and a better friend. I think of her every Christmas when I hang her crocheted.ornaments. I will miss our lunches when I come to visit in Edmonton. RIP my dear friend. Betty & Dick Miller

  7. A really special friend that helped keep friendships alive after retirement. Her beautiful crochet gifts have been a special part of my home for many years. She has been loved and respected and she will be missed and lovingly remembered

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, we will miss her dearly. I am so glad we had the chance to travel out to visit and get to know everyone better. Bea was always so happy and welcoming.
    Dean and Sherry

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