June Elizabeth Wright
June 7, 1942 - May 12, 2021
In Loving Memory
June Elizabeth Wright
June Elizabeth Wright (nee Murphy), 78, of Enderby, British Columbia, passed away on May 12, 2021. She was born to parents John Murphy and Theresa Elizabeth Murphy (nee Williams), was born on June 7, 1942 in Terrace, British Columbia. The family, including her two younger brothers, John Jr. and Edward lived in several communities in BC throughout June’s childhood.
After high school, June went on to study nursing at St. Joseph College in Victoria, BC, before completing her education in Vancouver, BC at the University of British Columbia in 1968. June enjoyed her studies and the friendships she made there. She looked forward to and attended several class reunions at St. Joe’s throughout the course of her life.
June loved to try new things and meet new people and it was at UBC where she met Victor when she joined the ballroom dancing club. They married in 1970 shortly before embarking on a year’s long round the world trip, travelling to over thirty countries in Asia, Oceana, Africa and Europe.
Part way through, in order to fund the remainder of their trip, they lived and worked in Melbourne, Australia for nineteen months where June took a teaching position at the Victoria School of Nursing. When asked, without hesitation, June recalled Bali as her favourite place. However, her travels forever ruined her for store bought bananas, which she said never tasted as good as fresh picked ones.
Upon returning to Canada in 1974, June took up nursing and eventually found a position as a public health nurse for Interior Health working in Vernon and its surrounding communities while raising her family on a hobby farm in the Township of Spallumcheen. As a family, they took advantage of all the outdoor offerings available in this beautiful area, including camping, boating, and hiking. When June and Victor parted ways, June moved to Enderby where she lived for the last twenty five years of her life.
A serial hobbyist, June enjoyed many activities and was always on the lookout for opportunities to try a new craft. She dabbled in various arts and crafts, but an enduring love was quilting: she spent many hours searching for the perfect fabric for whatever quilt was top of mind at the moment. She leaves behind, many well intentioned, but unfinished projects. A lifelong learner, CBC Radio was a fixture in her home as she was keen to learn new things and stay informed.
June had a steadfast (read stubborn) spirit, which served her well in her final years, helping her endure through several health complications and allowing her to embrace her role as a doting grandmother. Young minds were enriched and bodies well clothed when “Momo” had anything to say about it.
June will be missed by her son, Vincent (Amber) Wright, her daughter, Jocelynn Wright, her grandchildren, Rowland and Cerys and the father of her children, Victor Wright. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother John. Unfortunately, June had lost contact with her brother Edward.
June was laid to rest in a private ceremony at Mount Ida Cemetery in Salmon Arm on July 12, 2021.
If you wish to memorialize June, please consider a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Arrangements entrusted to
Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-546-7237
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