Katharine Rachelle Johnson

Katharine Rachelle Johnson died on the afternoon of November 17, 2013, in Hope, British Columbia. Katharine’s spirit remained positive throughout her lengthy illness, but her body ultimately gave out and she died peacefully. Katharine was born and raised in Nelson, British Columbia, and left the Kootenays for the West Coast in 1974. Victoria, and the campus of the University of Victoria was the focus of her attention for several years pursuing a Bachelor of Science, which she completed, with a Microbiology major, at the University of British Columbia in 1979. Her venture beyond university was initially work at the Terry Fox Cancer research lab at UBC, but the big city was not her ultimate destiny, and she settled for a quieter life as a mother, teacher, artist, gardener, and community advocate in Hope BC in 1983. Beyond her scientific education, and teaching vocation, Katharine was a very talented artist and produced etchings, drawings and paintings, which are a cherished part of her legacy. Her major legacy lies in the parenting of her two sons Richard Jonker, and David Johnson, who are both fine young men and reflect her spirit, kindness, and resilience.