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April 28, 1997 – April 21, 2024


On April 21, 2024, Taryn’s earthly journey came to a close.  It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn her passing at the age of 26 years.  We cherish and honor the memory of our beloved, bright, beautiful, generous, determined, strong and intelligent daughter, sister, niece, grand-daughter, and cousin. 

Taryn is survived by her parents Krista and Ken Johnson, brother Adrian Johnson (Brittanie), grandfather Ray Johnson (Granny Rose, deceased), Granny Marg (Grandpa Ole, deceased); Taryn was an important member of her extended family, which includes aunts, uncles and cousins, and her wide circles of friends.

Taryn was born and raised in St. Albert, Alberta and embraced a wide variety of interests and hobbies over her lifetime.  Taryn was an extremely talented singer, performing in the Edmonton area, participating in musical theatre, and writing original songs along the way.  She studied piano and became a proficient tuba player in her high school band.  Taryn’s love for animals was huge and she channelled this energy in the support of the Edmonton Humane Society.  She was a ‘den mother’ to a succession of rescue cats during her life and spent time with the extended dog family.  Taryn also enjoyed horses and riding.

Taryn had a love of travel, especially to hot places, which she satisfied with trips to Costa Rica, California and the Philippines.  She also managed trips to Portugal, Iceland, Yellowknife, Hawaii and various cities in the Eastern US.  Her most cherished bit of travel over her life were regular trips to Nelson BC, that started as an infant, to visit her Granny Rose and Grandpa Ray and her cousins. 

Taryn loved photography, an interest nurtured by her Grandpa Ole; they enjoyed sharing photo shoots and studying photography together on many occasions.  Other activities included rock-wall climbing with her brother Adrian, time with friends, picking out just the perfect gift (amazingly good at this), and spending time with children – she had a wonderful way with small people. 

Taryn was very passionate about fundraising for important causes, whether it was the annual bikeathons for kids with disabilities, cancer research, or supporting animal welfare.  She had a heart for anyone in need, and a desire to make the world a better place, Taryn was thoroughly kind and big-hearted.  Taryn studied marketing at NAIT with plans for a career centered around meaningful event planning.

Taryn’s light was lost far too early, much love follows this precious girl!  Her memory will last an eternity, the stories and enduring love for her from family and friends will help to fill the enormous void left behind. 

If desired, tribute donations in Taryn’s memory may be made to the Edmonton Humane Society. (

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