Rachel Lenora Johnson (Smith) passed away peacefully on February 7, 2022, at the Sackville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Sackville, NB in 1943, Rachel was the first-born child of Leslie and Violet (Tower) Smith of Woodpoint, NB.
Rachel was the wife of the late Joseph Johnson and loving mother to Jennifer Johnson (Kenneth Morrison) and Mary Jo (Dannie) Thompson of Sackville NB, as well as grandmother to Brandon, Dalton and Logan.
Rachel began working at a young age, being the oldest of 14 children. She was well known in Sackville as the “Mail Lady”, providing 40 years of service to the local community via her role at the Sackville Post Office. Rachel and Joe were often seen working together and were married for 50 years before Joe's death in 2014. Rachel was never the same after Joe's death, always missing him dearly.
Rachel was well-loved by friends and family and will be missed as the matriarch of the Smith family: Leslie Jr. ‘Junior’ Smith, Marian Day, Betty Ward, Freddie (Donna) Smith, Carolyn (Dale) Patterson, Elaine Morice, Steven ‘Stevie’ (Wanda) Smith, Ruby (Donnie) Beal, William ‘Billy’ Smith, Gladys ‘Glady’ (Donald) Smith, Myrtle Bryden, Charlotte (Gary) Leblanc and many other family members. Rachel had a special relationship with her youngest sister Charlotte. Charlotte treated Rachel with the love and respect of a daughter.
Besides her husband and parents, Rachel was pre-deceased by her youngest brother Jeffrey Smith, niece Sabrina Patterson, nephew William Smith, sisters-in-law Shelly and Janice Smith and brothers-in-law Thomas Ward and Errol Day.
Mom required assistance in the last months of her life. Mom's sisters, Elaine and Betty and brother Junior, opened up their home to provide Mom with companionship and loving care with a kindness that only the Smith family could provide. For this we will forever be grateful.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Erin Campbell and staff of Campbell’s Funeral Home, 89 Bridge Street, Sackville N.B. (506) 364-8188. In keeping with Rachel's wishes, cremation has taken place and a burial with her husband Joe will take place at the Westcock Cemetery at a later date.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in honour of Rachel may donate to St. Ann’s Anglican Church, or to the charity of your choice. On-line condolences and sharing of memories may be forwarded to the family through our website www.campbellsfuneralhome.com or by visiting the funeral home Facebook page.