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JANET ISOBEL JOHNSTON  (published on August 27, 2008)

JANET ISOBEL JOHNSTON (MCRAE) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother and grandmother, Janet Johnston, aged 84 years at Seven Regions Health Centre, Gladstone, MB, on August 25, 2008. Janet was born on September 1, 1923 at Misericordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the only child of Norman and Hannah McRae of the Pine Creek area. Her education took place at Gillespie, Norfolk and Deer Range Schools. Following her schooling she worked as a domestic helper for various neighbours in the Pine Creek district, moved to Winnipeg and worked in a sewing factory. Janet was always interested in taking care of others, and decided that nursing was her calling. In 1948 she graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse from Concordia Hospital. Following graduation she came to Gladstone and nursed in the Gladstone Hospital and Medical Clinic. In June of 1952 she married Bill Johnston of Gladstone. They began their life together on the family farm where they raised their family of four. As a full time Mom her days were filled with caring for her family, home and community. She fulfilled many roles: 4-H leader, director with the Gladstone Agriculture Society, lifetime member of the Livingstone Women's Institute and the Gladstone United Church Women, Seven Regions Health Auxiliary, volunteer driving for the Cancer Society and for Meals on Wheels. As her family grew up and moved on with their lives, Janet decided to return to the nursing profession. She attended Red River College and took a refresher course in 1974 and started back to working part time at the Gladstone Hospital. Her passion was always to help others in sickness and in health. She truly fulfilled this desire in the role of a nurse. Upon her retirement in 1991, she turned her interests to being a grandmother and being around her five grandchildren. She was truly happy when her children and grandchildren were around. Mom also had time to pursue other interests such as quilting, cross stitch and knitting. Mom was happiest when her hands were busy and there were people around her. In their retirement, Janet and Bill were able to enjoy travelling to England, Scotland and Ireland as well as trips within Canada to Expo' 86, the East Coast and to Churchill. Janet always kept in touch with relatives and when traveling to the East would stop to visit with them all in Ontario. Janet was a member of the Gladstone United Church and her strong faith was a source of strength to her throughout her life. With Bill's passing in 2006 and her deteriorating health, Mom continued to live in her own home with the support and care of many dedicated home care staff. She enjoyed her sun room and keeping track of her cat, Mikey, along with counting the blooms on her hibiscus plant. On August 11, 2008, Mom was hospitalized in Portage and returned to Seven Regions Health Centre for palliative care on August 13, 2008. Throughout her final days all her children and grandchildren were able to be with her and to enjoy moments of laughter and tears. Janet passed away peacefully in the early morning of August 25, 2008, surrounded by family members. Janet will be deeply missed but never forgotten by her family, Nora (Ed) Stroeder and Sarah; Bill (Bonnie) Johnston, Alanna and Aimee; Helen (Barry) Greene and Caitlan; Joanne Johnston and Andrew; special family friend Tom Baker of Carberry, MB.; cousins Rae (Louise) McCallum and their family of Thetford Mines, Quebec; Morden (Donna) MacRae and family of Nepean, Ontario; and Marion MacLeod of Kanata, Ontario along with other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Bill in 2006 and her parents Norman and Hannah McRae. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in Gladstone United Church, Gladstone, MB, with Rev. Ian Olive presiding. Interment will follow in the Gladstone Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations can be made in Janet's memory to Seven Regions Palliative Care, Box 711, Gladstone, MB, R0J 0T0. Janet's family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all the Home Care Staff for their care and help over the years and to Dr. E. Berman-Wong and the entire nursing and support staff of Seven Regions Health Centre for their kind and compassionate care of Janet and her family at this difficult time. Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.

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