Marie Clemence Johnson nee Leliaert
Born: July 30th 1919 in Maldgem, Belgium
Passed away peacefully on July 14 at Maplewood House, Abbotsford in the presence of her loving family. Marie was pre—deceased by her husband Bert in 1999, and her brothers Valere and Medard of Belgium.
Marie is survived by her five sons and one daughter: Paul (Jan), Aline, Garry, Bob (Dorothy), Carl (Katalin), Tony (Betty); 13 grandchildren: Michael, Adrienne, Brenna, Julian, Emmaline, David, Aimee, Lisa, Sheryl, Kurtis, Erin, Dustin and Nicholas; two great grandchildren William and Makayli. She is also survived by her sister Aline and extended family in Belgium and France.
Marie followed Bert to Canada in 1947 as a war bride and raised her family in Bradner and Abbotsford. Marie led an eclectic life. She was an entrepreneur, instructor, author, and linguist. She had an incredible joie de vivre (joy of life), which she passed on to her children and extended family and shared with her many friends, who will all miss her greatly.
Her family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood House for their care and dedication.
Prayers will be offered on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 pm in St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Ave., Abbotsford. A memorial service will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 20 at 2:00 pm, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, Marie’s family welcomes donations to the Variety Club of British Columbia.
Woodlawn Funeral Home