JOHNSON, Aletha Mahala
Aletha Mahala Johnson (Bryson) was born in Bassano, Alberta on October 22, 1930 to Aletha and Alonzo Bryson. Brother Ernie welcomed her. The family moved by wagon to a farm at Westward Ho, Alberta. Sometime later they moved to a farm at James River Bridge, Alberta, and there brother John was born.
A neighbor, Dolena Burke started a church in the local school and would collect the three children each week. At age six Mahala accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour.
Her father died when Mahala was seven, and her mother worked hard to raise the children on the farm. Mahala went to Prairie Bible High School for grades 10-12 and continued to complete Bible School. She attended Normal School in Calgary for one year and then accepted a teaching position at Rosebrier School in the County of Wetaskiwin.
While there she met and married Gordon Johnson. They established a home on a farm east of Wetaskiwin where they raised seven children and were instrumental in the lives of over one hundred foster children. The family was very active in the New Sweden Mission Church and community activities.
Mahala went to be with her Lord on November 14, 2020. She was predeceased by her sister, Elizabeth, her brother, Ernest, and her two sons, Danny and Philip. She is survived by her husband, Gordon; her children and their families—Christine (Tim) Essington, Savannah, Autumn, and Trent; Rob (Rita) Johnson, Nolan, Lindzy, Jasmine, and Shaylyn; Chrystal (Trevor) Comer, Kaitlyn (Michael) Hubert, Aliyah, and Jeri (Keith) Morgan, Pierce; Brad Johnson, Caleb and Nathan; Jennifer Johnson, Paige, Tayton, and Terrin; and Darcy (Betty) Nelson, Anna; her brother John (Vickie) Bryson; and her sister-in-law, Doreen Bryson.
There will be a viewing on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Serenity Funeral Home in Wetaskiwin (4715-50 Avenue) from 6-8 pm open to the public following Covid-19 protocol recommended by the Alberta Chief Medical Doctor. A private funeral will take place at New Sweden Mission Church on November 21, 2020. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be given to Hope Mission or Living Springs Bible Camp.
The family would like to express appreciation to Wetaskiwin Home Care and the doctors and staff at the Wetaskiwin Hospital.
Serenity Funeral Service, Wetaskiwin