McCORMACK, June Alicia (Irving)
September 16, 1922 – July 5, 2014
Beloved wife and mother June Alicia McCormack died July 5, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, William (Bill) McCormack, children Patricia and Greg (Mara), brother Glenn Irving (Donna), sister-cousin Gloria Cameron (Alan), sister-in-law Mickey McCormack, grandsons Kevin (Wendy) and Stephen (Jenny) and their mother Sue Rydell, and great-granddaughter Katie Marie, as well as many nephews and nieces. June was predeceased by her father and mother, John and Alice (Gramson) Irving, brother and sister-in-law Howard and Muriel Irving, and brother-in-law Gordon McCormack. She outlived all of her close friends and considered longevity a mixed blessing.
June was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She spent winters in the city and summers at the family cabin at Pigeon Lake, a place that was very dear to her. She attended the University of Alberta and graduated as a Registered Nurse from the University Hospital. She and Bill married in 1945. They lived in Madison, Wisconsin, and then moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where Bill worked for DuPont. She nursed at the Delaware Hospital. She furthered her nursing education and earned her degree by taking classes at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware, and Wilmington College. She worked as a school nurse in the Colonial School District for 25 years. She was a member of A.A.U.W. and her college fraternity Delta Delta Delta.
June and Bill travelled widely in the U.S. and Canada, camping along the way and spending many summers at Pigeon Lake. After retirement, they continued to travel widely, including several trips to Europe. June also made trips with Pat to Scotland. They spent many of their early retirement years planning and building their dream home. June mourned for the home she loved when declining health forced them to relocate to a retirement community near Minneapolis.
June loved music, played the piano, and was a member of the Chancel Choir and Bell Choir at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church. She was a long-time member of the church and a former elder.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Knox- Metropolitan United Church in Edmonton at 10 a.m. with Burial to follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church or to a scholarship in her name at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.hainstockedmonton.com
Published in The Edmonton Journal on July 14, 2014