October 17, 1927 – January 2, 2020
It is with sad and tender hearts we announce the peaceful passing of June on 2 January in Chilliwack.
Daughter of Roy and Beulah Brett, she was born 17 October 1927 at the family farmhouse in East Chilliwack.
June was the wife and devoted lifelong partner of David Hinds (dec) and mother of Leslie Jean Hinds (dec). Sister to Elaine Mitten and Beverley Addison, aunt to Brad Addison, also deceased.
Her family will remember her with tremendous love . Brother William Brett. Daughter Diane Hinds (Vlad) of Canberra Australia; daughter Patti Hinds of Whistler.
Grandsons Daniel Aleksandric (Katrina) and Rhys Aleksandric (Johanna) of Australia, and grandson Brett Shearing, and grand- daughter Anna Shearing of Vancouver.
Great grandchildren Oscar, Archie, and Georgia of Australia.
June graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1949, and teacher training in 1950 and taught in Abbotsford and Chilliwack school districts until the birth of her first child. Later in her life, she returned to teaching at the local college where she taught English as a Second Language to Indo Chinese refugees.
She was a keen recreational aviator in her early life, gaining her pilots licence at age 19 and became a member of the Canadian Women’s flying club called the Ninety Nines. She said recently that some of the happiest times of her life were flying with her father Roy between Chilliwack and Powell River, observing the beauty of the province.
June was a long-time member of the Chilliwack United Church and served in a variety of service and charitable organisations in Chilliwack including Kinettes, and Reach for Recovery, a local cancer support group where she spent many hours assisting breast cancer sufferers, their friends and family needing support.
True to her farm background, she was highly accomplished in the domestic arts including canning and preserving, baking and was the best jam and jelly maker for miles. She created a warm and loving home, a legacy to all the next generations.
A funeral service will be held at Cheam View United Church (formerly Chilliwack United) at 2 pm, Friday 24 January. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
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