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Johanna Josephine Lawrence


With great sadness, we announce the passing of Johanna Josephine Lawrence, age 87, of Villa du Repos, Moncton, on Monday, December 18, 2017. Born in Bantry Bay, County Cork, Ireland, she was the daughter of John and Mary Collins (nee Sullivan). Johanna was fluent in Gaelic and Spanish and prior to coming to Canada, she worked for Lloyds of London as an interpreter in Bantry Bay.  Johanna immigrated to Canada in 1951 to help provide care for her young nieces, met her husband, Don and the rest is history. Although she returned to visit her beloved Ireland several times, Moncton became her adopted home and she made a wide circle of friends, with whom she remained in contact throughout her life. In early years, Johanna and her husband were strong supporters of the Main Brace, Lions Club and Legion. Johanna was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion for many years.  A lover of the music of the Big Band era, Johanna was a wonderful dancer. She continued to enjoy music all her life. Knitting was another passion and over the years, she created many beautiful Mary Maxim creations and countless hats, scarves, mittens and baby clothes. Reading, summers at the cottage and travelling were other great interests. For many years, she and her family enjoyed annual trips to the New England states to visit relatives in the Boston area.  Although dementia reduced her cognitive functioning in later life, Johanna remained determined and outspoken to the end. Her passing leaves a gap in the lives of those she touched. Johanna will be greatly missed by her only son, John of Moncton; her nieces, Dr. Joyce Kennedy-Leslie (Bill) of Halifax, NS and Mary Louise Kennedy of Brisbane, Australia; great nieces, Kerry Jean Turner (Peter) of Tantallon, NS and Joellen Leigh Gillis (Paton Francis) of Bedford, NS; great great niece, Jenna Turner and great great nephew, Ewan Francis. Johanna is also survived by a sister, June Stevens of England. In addition to her parents, Johanna was predeceased by her husband, Donald MacKenzie Lawrence (1976); sisters, Judy, Betty, Ellen and brother, Daniel.  Her family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Alan Munroe for his many years of care, the staff at Manoir Notre Dame and most recently, the staff at Villa du Repos.  In keeping with Johanna’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A private burial for the family will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in the spring.  Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995) in care of arrangements.  In memory of Johanna, donations to Diabetes Canada would be appreciated. Private online condolences for the family can be made at