It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Sharon Irene Johnston (nee Kanten) of Rimbey, Alberta. Sharon passed away in the early hours of Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre at the age of 71 years, after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. She spent her final days in the excellent care provided by the staff of the Rimbey Hospital, for which we are all grateful.
Sharon was born in Edmonton, but lived in Halkirk, Alberta for her preschool years. She then moved to Sylvan Lake where she attended school at what is now H.J. Cody School, and then high school at Lindsay Thurber in Red Deer. After high school, Sharon took nursing courses in Calgary, and later worked at the Holy Cross Hospital and the Calgary General, as well as the Red Deer Regional Hospital. The last 21 years of her career were spent taking care of those less fortunate at Michener Centre in Red Deer. The retirement years found Sharon on a hobby farm, where she enjoyed working with cattle and horses. She enjoyed outdoor activities and traveling.
“Sharon will always be remembered by the friends she has made during her time with us.”
Sharon will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her husband of 37 years, Ron Armstrong of Rimbey; and three children: her son, Darrell (Chris) Johnston of Lacombe and their family, Cassandra and Haley; her daughter, Teresa (Perry) Ronca of Winfield and their family, Hayden and Jared; and her son, Jason (BettyAnn) Johnston of Victoria, B.C. and their family, Madison and Ashley. She will also be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by two sisters: Susan (Wally) Penner of Lethbridge and their family, Kelly and Allison; and Coreen (David) Frey of Spruce Grove and their family, Josh, Andrew and Amy; and one brother, Randy (Gloria) Kanten of Blackfalds and their son, Chris; in addition to other close relatives, and many cherished friends. Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Adolph and Verona Kanten.
With respect for Sharon’s wishes, no formal Funeral Service will be held. Cremation took place at the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Sharon’s Memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre – Administration, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0. Condolences to the Johnston Family may also be expressed by e-mail to:
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