Avis Noretta Johnson (nee Hansen) was born on a farm near Torquay, Saskatchewan to parents Carl and Julia Hansen on March 21, 1939. She grew up in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Avis loved music and sang hymns in a vocal trio with her sisters. Avis attended LCBI High School in Outlook, Saskatchewan where she met her future husband Harold. Prior to getting married, Avis completed nursing training at Moose Jaw Union Hospital and became an RN in 1960. Harold and Avis settled in Swift Current, Saskatchewan to start a dairy business and raise their five children. After several years in the Edmonton area, they eventually moved to the Peace Country where they operated a mixed farm with their family. Throughout the years Avis maintained a nursing career, and particularly enjoyed her time with the Intravenous Team (IV Team) at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Avis worked hard but enjoyed the laughter from her family gathered around during the many coffee and meal breaks in the field, or after jobs well done, or just at the kitchen table connecting.
Avis passed away peacefully after a twelve year battle with breast cancer. We celebrate the fact that she has gone to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom she loved and served throughout her life. His unfailing love was expressed so strongly throughout her life and especially in the last number of years as she battled cancer with His strength and courage. We want to thank the doctors and nurses that were with mom through this fight; the Grande Prairie Cancer Centre, the Cross Cancer Institute Edmonton and the Edmonton Norwood Hospice.
Avis is predeceased by her husband Harold and her son Derris (Karen) Johnson, and brother Brian (Lyn) Hansen. She is survived by her children Cherice Johnson, Steve (Tamara) Johnson, Joanne (Mike) Drotar and Tim (Dorothy) Johnson; daughter-in-law Karen Johnson; grandchildren Nathan, Jeremy, Janae and Rachel; sisters Carren Dzuba and Bonna Tarnes and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2PM at McKernan Baptist Church, 11103 – 76 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, Lunch to follow