Melvina “Bing” Johnson

On June 10, 2021, Melvina “Bing” Johnson, 85, passed away. A Celebration of Life has taken place in Babb.

Melvina Marie Wagner was born March 14, 1936 to Louise Flammond Goings and Clarence Wagner in Browning, Mont. As a little girl, her Grandpa Pete Flammond gave her the nickname “Bing.” But she was also called mom, gram, or Mel.

Bing and her huge smile met her husband, Hugo Johnson, at the Babb Bar and Lounge. They married in Cardston, Alberta. Hugo and Bing would have five children, Russel, Roxanne Ronald, Gary, Snicky and nephew, Pat Boushie.

Melvina was the true definition of a rodeo mom. She was known to travel and loved to go anywhere and do anything for her family. She would load up and take her kids across the U.S. and Canada. Her travels included backcountry packing 36 miles into the Bob Marshall with Hugo. And after riding all day she would cook for the camp.

Gram was known for her amazing bread, a recipe she has since passed on. She has also shared her love for cooking with her children and their families. Gram cooked at Johnson’s Cafe for many years. 

 Hugo did guided tours so they would travel to and attend sporting shows where they would set up booths.

Gram’s home was a magical place. She grew lilac bushes that would cover an entire side of her house, hummingbirds out the kitchen window, birds, squirrels, deer and the occasional bear would stop by the deck for a snack from the bird feeder. Her bright yellow house bloomed with flowers and trees every spring. She loved where they lived and was known to give horses a snack if they came by the front door. She was so proud of their home and the love that they grew in it. 

From her back deck you could see the backbone of the world, but to her grandkids they saw the best hill for rolling, a creek (they weren’t allowed at), and an ice-cold Diet Pepsi after exploring outside all day. As they all grew up and had children of their own, they too would get a chance to experience all the adventures at gram’s house. 

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Hugo; children, Russel (Nita), Roxanne (Gary), Ronald (Robin), Snicky (Leeanne), and Pat (Louna); grandchildren, JC, Sadie, Shanna, Tuck Collin, Ron, Little Gary, Shawnee, James Douglas, Chyana, Zoey, Dillon, Joey, Maria, Sierra, Truman, Luke and Logan; great grandchildren, James Dalton, Ashlyne, Kesler, Ellie, Hazel, Jesse, Wylee, Racee, Harlee Tucker, Tucky, Clint, Gary Joe, Mariah, Robert, Jake, Maggie, Maddie, Lyndee, Mesa, Laramie, Hesseton, Lilly, Morgan and Cierra; great great grandchildren, Emilynn, Lestyn, and Hayzen.

We’ll miss your smile, miss you at the rodeo, miss you in your favorite chair looking at the mountains, and we’ll all miss your kind voice and hearing you say, “Oh, I’m just checking on you, babe.”

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