Esther Ingeborg Johnson

Esther Ingeborg Johnson

Esther Ingeborg (nee:Hilde) Johnson was born

July 1, 1914 in Donalda, Alberta to Stener and Gertrude Hilde. She passed away on January 11, 2014 in Nelson, BC. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph (Joe) Johnson, daughter Esther Beck, son-in-law Morley Lessard, grandson Joey Carl Johnson and great great grandson Gabriel Riley Bennett Dealy. She is the last of her 11 Hilde siblings. She is survived by a son David (Alma) Johnson, a daughter Pauline Lessard, Son-in-law Michael Beck, Grandchildren Sharol (Neil) Josephson, Paul (Rebecca) Lessard, Dan (Sheryl) Johnson, Lorraine (Rollie) Koop, Randy (Ann) Lessard, Debbie (Marcelo) Ike, Juanita (Mark) Anderson, Becky (Randy) Jesse, several grand children, great grand children, 7 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

Esther and Joe managed the Bethany Old Folks Home in Calgary, Alberta for many years. When Bethany Chronic Hospital (later Bethany Care Centre) was established in Calgary, Joe was the founding director and Esther their first Matron (Director of Nursing.) Subsequently they moved to Mirror Lake, BC where they owned and operated the Kootenay Lake Guest Home for seniors. They moved into Nelson while Joseph pastored the Evangelical Covenant Church on two separate occasions. Esther lived her remaining life at Six Mile and most recently at Mountain Lake Assisted Living.

She will be remembered for her strong faith in God, love of music, musical involvement in the community and her gifts as organist/pianist in the Covenant Church. Her family and friends will miss her warm and loving spirit, and her lefsa, particularly in the past at the early Christmas Morning Julotta Services.

The Memorial Service will be held in the Balfour Covenant Church, Upper Balfour Road at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2014. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to “ReachAcross”. E-mail:


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