June Helen (nee Heikkila) Peterson

Peterson, June Helen (nee Heikkila) passed away peacefully in the Port Hardy Long Term Care Centre on Sept. 5, 2011. June was born in Vancouver on June 1, 1930. She is predeceased by her brother, Dennis, in 1990 and her husband of 51 years, Ray (Pete), in 2002. Memories of June will long be cherished by her sister, Diane, her son, Chris (Marlene), daughter, Denise, grandchildren, Charlie Anna, Rhett, Jill June, Blake and Amber and great grandchildren, Kai, West and Charles and many friends. After living in Sointula for a brief time in her childhood she returned when she married Pete in 1951 and lived there happily until February, 2010 when failing health necessitated a move to Port Hardy. June will be remembered for her brave optimistic spirit and for never forgetting to send cards on all occasions. Her friend, Lil, misses her constant companionship at every community event and concert. June lived a vibrant and full life, raising her family, traveling, attending live concerts and documenting every special occasion in photographs. Pete and June were always surrounded by the animals they loved. Darby, her final canine companion, will be looked after by the community. Heartfelt thanks to all of her marvelous caregivers. A memorial will be held at the Sointula FO Hall on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM.

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