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AURORA ERICKSON

Date: June 7th, 2018

     Aurora (Constance Aurora) Erickson of Camrose, Alberta passed away June 7, 2018 at the age of 98 years. She is survived by her children: Ron of Vancouver, BC; Marilyn (Terry) of NY; and Rick (Lynn) of Edmonton, AB; her grandchildren: Nels (Sohhee) of Bronx, NY; Kirsten (Nadime) of Brossard, QC; Luke, Jamie and Blake of Edmonton, AB; her great-grandson Oliver of Brossard, QC; and her brother Harold Johnson of MN. She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd, their eldest son Bob, and her siblings Carl Johnson of MN, Margaret Johnson of Calgary, AB and Beatrice Torwalt of Leroy, SK. She is also survived by her many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada and the US.

Aurora was born August 23, 1919 in Grand Marais, MN to the Reverend Henry & Hannah Johnson. In 1928 the family moved to Canada where her father served in many Lutheran parishes throughout SK and AB. With these many moves, Aurora developed her art of maintaining long-term friendships which brought great joy to her life.

     Upon completion of grade 12 she attended the Bible School at LCBI in Outlook, SK. In 1943 she married Lloyd in Yorkton, SK and the next year Bob was born and once Lloyd returned from the war they moved to Edmonton, where Ron was born. In 1947 they moved west, briefly to Mt. Vernon, WA and then Vancouver, BC where Marilyn was born and in 1956 moved to Edmonton, and Rick completed their family. While raising her family she was active in the Woodcroft Community League teaching millinery classes in the 1960's, an art she learned from her mother. She was an active member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church and frequently shared her voice in song.

     In 1971, in anticipation of retirement they bought a small farm in Kingman, AB, moving there full-time in 1981 and they attended Salem Lutheran Church. They had a winter home in Mesa, AZ for 12 years which kept them quite active and they traveled frequently to visit family. In the later 1990's they made their final moves, first to Liberty Village and then Deer Meadows and attended Messiah Lutheran.

     Aurora had a long and interesting life that revolved around family, friends and church. She will be missed but left many wonderful memories behind.

     The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Mary's who provided the wonderful care to help see her through the last month of her life.

 

     A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2018 at Messiah Lutheran Church. Cremation will follow the service with inurnment to be held at Sharon Lutheran Church, Irma, AB on a later date.

 

    The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Patient Care and Research Clinic, University of Alberta; Pancreatic Cancer Canada; Sorrentino's Compassion House, Edmonton, AB; Augustana Chaplaincy Annual Fund, Camrose, AB or other charity of your choice.



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