Johnson, Mary “Leona”

July 21, 1944 – May 6, 2023
at the age of 78 years:   


It is with heavy hearts, the family of Mary (Leona) Johnson announce her sudden passing at 78 years old in Salmon Arm, BC on May 6th, 2023.

Leona was born and raised in Terrace, BC where she met her husband Jack Johnson and worked for Reim Motors. Leona and Jack welcomed 2 children into the world and spent their early years in Nass Camp and then returned to Terrace for 3 more years. The family moved to Salmon Arm in 1976, where she resided for the remainder of her life. Leona worked at the Greyhound Depot for over 20 years.

Leona will be remembered for the beautiful life that she and Jack created together for 60 years. She was known for her kindness, her contagious laugh, and her ability to bring people together. Leona spent her free time baking and canning, camping, playing cards and curling in her younger years.

Leona was predeceased by her father and mother Charles and Mary Abney.

Leona will be greatly missed by her husband Jack, stepmother Florence, sister Judy (Colin), stepsister Glenda, her daughter Dana (Kelly), her son Kevin (Trina), step son John (Alanna) and step daughter Lori-Ann (Rocky), along with her grandchildren Chad (Jorri), Drew (Elizabeth), Megan, Levi (Courtney), Bryana (Rob), Jackilee, Sydni, Shane, Brittany (Nick), Jared (Robin), Jenna (Liam), Travis (Jessica), Janelle (Jeff) and her 14 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held in honor of Leona at the Field of Dreams at 2:30 on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023.

This will be an opportunity for us to gather and honour Leona’s life in a meaningful and peaceful way. We will come together and share stories and memories of the special times we spent with Leona, remembering the love and joy she brought to everyone’s life.


  1. Sorry we were unable to attend, you are all in our hearts and sending loving thoughts of a wonderful life. Bye Cousin Leona.

  2. Was so wonderful to have you in our lives Leona. You always had time for everyone and made us all feel special. The coffee pot was on and the goodies came out. Lots of giggles and good memories. Will miss you so much. Until we meet again. Love cousin Lulu Condolences to you Jack, Dana and Kevin and families. (and furry friends who she loved too.)

  3. Dear brother Jack & family, we are heart broken for the loss of Leona, now we must cherish the wonderful memories and know she is at peace. She is free to fly with the angels, free of the oxygen she was tied to for years. Rest in peace my sister.

  4. Dear Dana,
    How sad I am to hear of your mother’s passing. I knew Leona well when she was with Greyhound. It was a pleasure to pick up parcels as Leona always had such a friendly greeting. You will miss her dearly but take solace in the beautiful memories you will always have.
    With warmth.

  5. We were sad to hear the news of Leona’s passing. We were fortunate to be able to drop in and visit briefly with Jack & Leona after we moved back to Salmon Arm, last fall. As usual, we were welcomed with warmth and kindness on “Abney Mountain”, even after not seeing either of you for close to 40 years. We shared some memories from my teenage years and had a great visit. We would like to send our sincere condolences.

  6. Dear Jack and family. Peter and I are very sad to hear of Leona’s passing. You were good neighbours in Appleyard. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved wife and mother.
    Peter and Virginia Pukas

  7. To Jack and family

    So sorry to hear of Leona’s passing. Please accept our warmest condolences.

    Sammy Kendrick, Sharyn (Kendrick)& Joe Paquette, Bryan Kendrick

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