JUNE EMELIE COPE was born June 22, 1925 in Edmonton AB, died peacefully at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 with her daughters by her side.
She served in the Canadian Air Force during WWII. She was divorced in 1960 from Barry Cope (deceased), and from that time raised her daughters on her own.
June led a full and busy life, working for CP Rail in Kelowna, the Burlington Northern Railway in Vancouver, and then going to work for Canadian Occidental Petroleum in Calgary where she specialized in transportation of sulphur and hazardous goods by rail all over North America. She operated her own transport company near Casper, Wyoming, before moving to work for Reimer Bulk systems back in Calgary.
Mum loved horses her entire life, and supported and encouraged her daughters to share her passion. We shared many adventures trail riding in the Rockies and riding in the Calgary Stampede Parade, with our Arabian horses. Even when her health made it impossible for her to ride any longer, she would go out with her walker just to be around the horses and to watch her daughters ride. Since moving to Vernon she has made some very good and dear friends, and stayed close with her old friends from the Calgary days. She enjoyed being involved with the Old Age Pensioners Club here, and she loved her time at Columbus Court and the friends she made there.
Remembered with love by her daughters, Dianne (Jim) McCulloch and their son Stewart (Rejane); Terry Lynn (Peter) Leggat and their children Michael (Cheyanne) and son Osgar; Christine (Mark) McVea and son Ewan; Jennifer (Joshua) Switzer and son Ezekial; and by her nieces and their families on Vancouver Island.
A special thanks goes to her wonderful neighbours Carol and Jim Wynd, and to Dr. Screen and his staff and the caring nurses and doctors at VJH who helped Mum so much through her battles with osteoporosis.
A Celebration of Mom’s Life will be held from 2 ‘til 4pm, Saturday, May 23 at the Schubert Centre in Vernon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital.