June Vivienne WINTERS

June Vivienne Winters, late of Chilliwack, BC, passed away Nov. 10, 2002 at the age of 83 years. She was born March 26, 1919 in Yennidan, BC. June’s greatest gift was her unconditional love for all the people in her life, with friends held close and family held even closer. June was the “hub” of our family wheel and all of us, the spokes. As with a wagon wheel, if any spoke is broken, the wheel falters. June made sure every spoke was strong and always repaired. From the tallest to the smallest of us, June taught the importance of family and the caring of others. She loved babies, all babies, giving snugly kisses in the crook of necks, on cheeks and noses and baby feet toeses.

For over 10 years she loved and cared for 30 babies as a foster parent in two provinces.

Remembered are family traditions like: dainty crustless sandwiches (devilled ham, egg salad and soggy cucumber) which June made with great love; warm flat gingerale and the cozy sick blanket whenever you were ill; birthdays with money hidden in each slice of cake; holiday family gatherings with June playing the organ, self-taught by ear.

June taught all of us how to decorate on a budget, to attend garage sales looking for treasures and how to dress with class and style. She was the matriarch and heart of our family.

A gathering of family and friends was held in the Tea Room of Henderson’s Funeral Home on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002 at 1:30 p.m.

Cremation, Valley Crematorium.

June is survived by her dear husband of 62 years, Fred G. Winters of McIntosh Lodge, Chilliwack; five children: Gail V. Johnson of Hurst, Texas, Lynn Winter of Calgary, AB, Frank R. Winters of Sardis, BC, Jim F. Winters of St. Albert, AB, and John T. Winters of Sardis, BC.

June’s large loving family included 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Frank W. Spink and Mabel A. Robinson-Spink of Chilliwack, BC, and her brother Roy G. Spink of Winnipeg, MB.