Lucile Annetta (nee Valente) JOHNSON

JOHNSON, Lucile Annetta(nee Valente)

August 21, 1921 – July 4, 2007

With her family surrounding her, Lucile slipped away on the afternoon of July 4, 2007.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Lucile is predeceased by her parents Eva and Peter Valente, her husband Lance Johnson, her sister Carmel Steeves, and her brother Andrew Valente. She will be greatly missed by the surviving family: daughters Linda Thomas (Ken), Susan Gerrand (Steve), sons Timber Johnson (and family), and Sailor Johnson (Lisa); and honorary son Mike Gentry (Jessica), as well as her 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Lucile lived the life of a pioneer, leaving a new home in Vancouver (with modern conveniences such as running water and electric lights) to follow her and Lance’s dream of living on Lasqueti. They moved into a shack on Lasqueti in 1949 (the shack has no running water or electric lights). Despite some hardships and set backs, she and Lance raised their children in a community they thrived in. She involved herself in the community—PTA, Farmer’s Institute, and even attending meetings for 3 years to help develop the Lasqueti Community Plan.

In 1969, Lance and Lucile moved to Parksville. She soon became an active member of Knox United Church. She supported the move from the little church on the old highway to its present site and shape on Pym.

She enjoyed spinning with the Bradley Centre Spinners on Thursdays and visiting with her good friends whenever possible. She loved her garden (she planted one this spring). She enjoyed her grandchildren and loved seeing her great grandchildren, especially and always the babies.

The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff in the emergency and ICU wards at Nanaimo Regional hospital. Their thoughtfulness, kindness and service were really appreciated.

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