JOHNSON, Connie (Corbett)

April 15, 1953 – August 18, 2023 (70 years)

of Calgary, Alberta (She/Her)

Connie chose to pass peacefully in her home August 18th, 2023, after an admirable battle with Cancer. She was surrounded by her loving husband Edward, her daughter Carly, and her son Ben.

Constance “Connie” Corbett started her life in Prince Albert Saskatchewan born to Al and Betty Corbett. Along with her older siblings Gary Corbett and Leslie Stringer, they moved to Calgary when she was still a toddler. She grew up with heaps of friends, of which many she kept for life. The popular beauty attended high school at Viscount Bennet where she was crowned “Ms. Viking, Corbett from Orbit” at her space themed prom. She continued her education at S.A.I.T achieving her diploma in Project Management.

In her late teens she eagerly worked along side her father at McKenzie’s Jewelers, helping pave the way for future endeavors. Her ambition paid off when she began her career in the Oil field working for both Gulf Oil and Petro Canada. She worked diligently but found time to make undying friendships and was always “dressed to the nines” as her husband put it. Connie then found her calling when she moved to the not-for-profit sector. Despite the cut in salary, she was fulfilled by positively impacting the community. Starting at the YWCA, she specialized in writing resumes and leading Myers Briggs workshops. Organizing the ‘Women in Trades’ program was her most rewarding contribution, especially her sister-in-law Brenda Ashton, one of her biggest advocates and best friends. Following the YWCA, she would contribute to Vibrant Communities Calgary, fighting for ‘A Living Wage’ and ‘Fair Fares’ for citizens, and later giving her time to online women’s counselling with Sagesse.

Connie was a true professional, but no stranger to a fun time. While attending a cabaret in a downtown club called ‘Lucifers,’ Edward “Eddie,” asked Connie to dance and the rest is history. Whether traveling abroad, hosting a large celebration, or just a quiet night at home, they always did it together. Connie had an outgoing sense of style and a knack for decorating, her décor was ever changing and lavishly highlighted her own personal flair. Purely enjoying and meticulously planning, she hosted countless celebrations, with special emphasis on famous Christmas eves at the Johnson home.

Connie had a wonderfully unique laugh and loved to let it out (even if her snarky children made a joke at her expense). Little family quirks, or even a mispronounced word, quickly became everlasting inside jokes, triggering big belly laughs at the drop of a hat until the end. A delightful truth in her final words; “We always had humor in this house.”

Thank you to Connie’s amazing family, friends and neighbors for your love and support, and thank you to the wonderful professionals of Palliative care and MAID for making Connie’s final days comfortable and dignified. Thank you all very much.

A Celebration of Life is being held in her honour on September 6th, 2023, from 4:30 – 7:30 at the Edgemont Community Hall located at 33 Edgevalley Circle NW.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

Arrangements entrusted to Tamara Ellison, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – 403-932-1039

  1. On August 25, 2023 at 4:32 pm Carole Johnson Said:

    Sincere condolences. I only met Connie once at the cousins reunion. She was a lovely person and lots of fun

  2. On August 25, 2023 at 7:32 pm Sheila Kinch Said:

    Carly.. so sorry to hear of your moms passing. My sincere condolences to you, Clinton , the boys and all of your family. Always hold on to the memories

  3. On August 26, 2023 at 6:55 am Sylvia Thomas Said:

    Dear Carly, Ben and Eddie!
    Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your mother, wife and our friend.
    She will be missed by many. Her kindness and love will always be remembered. Connie will always hold a special place in my heart. Her deep caring was very important in my time of loss and will remain a fond memory for me. May she rest in peace and finally be pain free. With so much love, Sylvia and Patrick

  4. On August 26, 2023 at 8:17 am Lori Berard Said:

    Our condolences to Ed,Carly,Ben and all of the family. Always loved being with Connie so friendly and fun. She will truly be missed. Sending big hugs and lots of love. Lori & Rudy

  5. On August 26, 2023 at 11:59 am Liz Bryant Viccars Said:

    So many lives were touched by her caring and kindness and her ability to find humour in even the darkest places. Her friendship was such a blessing. Much love to all of you.

  6. On September 6, 2023 at 10:23 am Jan and Nancy Nielsen Said:

    Dear Ed, Carly,Ben and family

    We are so sorry to hear the passing of Connie. Please know we are thinking of you all at this very difficult time. She will be missed.

    Jan and Nancy Nielsen

  7. On September 6, 2023 at 11:06 am Ellie & Len Said:

    Dear Ed, Carly & Clint, Ben, Roy & Tom,
    May you feel the warmth of Connie’s Hugs and the sound of her laugh fill the air as you celebrate the life of an amazing woman I am so proud to call My Life Long Friend; Connie.

    Ellie & Len

  8. On September 11, 2023 at 4:39 pm Joanne Wilson Said:

    Our deepest condolences to Ed, Carly, Ben and family. We were truly sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. Her bright, shinning personality and caring spirit will be missed by all. With Love Joanne & Richard Wilson

  9. On September 19, 2023 at 6:33 pm Dan & Doreen Ahern Said:

    With our deepest condolences to Ed and his family. We will miss the friendly smile, a wave or a hello from across the fence by our good neighbor. Our thoughts are with you all.

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