Julia Johnson, our mother, was involved in a tragic car accident that ended her life on Friday, January 18, 2008. She was 62, newly retired and full of zeal for life.
A devoted mother, loving grandmother, spirited friend, generous neighbor, inspiring colleague and exceptional teacher, she will be cherished and dearly missed by her family, friends and community.
Julia is survived by her daughter Andrea (Marc) of Edmonton AB, son Neal (Angela) of Florida USA, mother Ann Kotyk of Kenora ONT, sister Rose (Terry) of Poplar Bay ONT, neice Heidi (Hardy) of Spokane WA, soon to be 4 grandchildren and 1 grand niece, aunt Annie of Elliot Lake ONT, aunt Francis and aunt Kay of Winnipeg MB, She is predeceased by her father Bill Kotyk of Winnipeg (1997).
Julia Ann Johnson was born in 1945, grew up in Timmins and Schumacher, Ont and attended Teacher’s College in North Bay ONT. Quesnel BC has been her home since 1980, where she taught in many areas of School District #28.
Julia earned her degree from SFU in 1995 and a Master’s from Gonzaga University in 1999.
As a teacher, she enriched the lives of students and colleagues alike, inspiring many with her passion for learning and zest for living.
Julia sang wholeheartedly and served joyfully amidst the congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church. She wrote with wisdom and inspiration for the BCTF column “On Being Well”. Julia spearheaded the Wellness Committee locally, fostering community and care among the teachers of the district.
Julia was an enthusiastic supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Palliative Care team. Her smile and humor brought comfort to many in extended care.
A celebration of her life was held at the Quesnel Senior’s Centre on January 29, 2008, officiated by Reverend Teri Meyer and arranged by Clayton’s Funeral Home.
A memorial scrapbook is being made in tribute to her life. Contributions of stories, memories and pictures are gratefully received and may be submitted to:
For those who wish, donations may be made in Julia’s honor to a charity of your choice.
A memorial scholarship fund has been set up in her name. Please contact Terry Mooring at the QDTA for details (992-3737).