June Saunders 1928 2011 June Saunders passed away on November 4, 2011, at the age of 83, in the loving presence of her family. June was born on June 7, 1928 on the family farm in Lydden, one of seven children born to Harry and Marion Thomson. After attending the local country school for her early school years, June moved to Biggar to attend high school. After high school she began working at Luxton's Ladies Wear in Biggar. Mom met Dad at a local dance and they were married on July 8, 1953 on the Thomson farm. For their honeymoon they went on Mom's first trip outside the province to Vancouver and Seattle. A year later Dad joined the Army and they moved to Vancouver where they lived for the next few years. In 1957 they moved back to Biggar and began a family with the arrival of their first son, Darcie (Pam), followed shortly thereafter by Shawn (Shauneen), Sandra (Ted), and Darla (Bruce). They took a break and because they were not busy enough they welcomed Scott and Daina (Shaune). June was dedicated to her children supporting them at hockey, figure skating, ringette, lacrosse, Brownies, Scouts, Air Cadets and musical pursuits. With a family of six it is hard to imagine how June continued to be such a talented and productive seamstress and knitter. She could take multiple patterns and combine them to fit an individual's style, size and taste. There are treasured family photos in which all family members are wearing custom tailored, matching ensembles. Many a young girl was made to feel special as she was fitted by mom for a one-of-a-kind skating or dance costume, wedding or bridesmaid dress. June made Thanksgiving and Christmas very special celebrations, often preparing a delicious feast for 40 or more guests in her tiny kitchen. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed nurturing a fruitful garden each year. Her dilled carrots were always a family favourite. In her retirement years, June was very excited to travel, especially enjoying her many trips to the Maritimes with Dad. She achieved a life-long dream when they traveled to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. They also enjoyed a memorable Alaskan Cruise. June will be remembered in the community for comforting babies and providing timely advice on everything from home remedies to housekeeping and gardening tips. June will be dearly missed by the love of her life and husband of 58 years Don, her sisters Zella (Russ) and Darlene, her brother Colin (Marion), her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, her dear friend Dene and many others. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Anton Muller and the staff at Diamond Lodge. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the CNIB. A memorial service will be held on November 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Biggar Town Hall. Grondin Funeral Services Biggar, entrusted with the arrangements (948-2669).
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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Nov. 12, 2011