June Sylvia Edney

April 2, 2020 7 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with profound sadness and much love we say goodbye to June Sylvia Edney at the age of 88 years. The heart of our family, she leaves behind a legacy of resilience and strength far greater than her physical stature. She was truly our angel on earth who left us a wealth of love; we are all blessed for having her as a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

June is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Lloyd, daughters Janet and Terry (Joel), daughter-in-law Debbie, four grandchildren Charlene (Darryl), Ashley (Ryan), Shaun (Mia), Kaytie (Byron), great-grandchildren Nicholas and Brookelynn, Jayce and Deaken, sisters Joyce and Penny and niece Junie (Rod). She will also be lovingly remembered by her extended family and dear friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Clement and Eva Blampied, son Kenneth and grandson Kyle.

June and her twin sister Joyce were born in Saskatoon, SK on June 8, 1931 and she spent her childhood there, where she graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate.

She met her future husband Lloyd on a blind date in December of 1949 and they were married in June of 1950. Their two daughters were born in Saskatoon, Janet in 1954 and Terry in 1956. The family moved to Edmonton, AB in September of 1956, where Lloyd was employed at the Edmonton Journal. Their son Kenneth was born there in 1957. The following years were filled with many activities, including participating on the Dovercourt Community League executive and building a weekend retreat at Lac La Nonne. Many happy memories were created there. In 1972, June and her husband purchased a farm in Thorhild County. They commuted from Edmonton until 1989 when Lloyd retired, and commenced full time life in the country. While living there, June was active on the Thorhild Library Board and also enjoyed activities with the Thorhild Craft Club. June had a great interest in nature and enjoyed the abundance of wildlife and birds at the feeders while living at the farm. The many family gatherings for birthdays and special occasions gave her great joy. In 1994 she endured a major heart attack and the subsequent open heart surgery. It was 2006 when a tumour was removed from her lower jaw and that was followed by two more major corrective surgeries. She had many radiation treatments which destroyed remaining cancer cells but left her with much pain and discomfort in her mouth and tongue. The procedure allowed her family and friends to enjoy her feisty sense of humour, kindness, generosity and love for almost another 14 years before she succumbed to severe pneumonia. June passed away peacefully on March 28 with her husband and two daughters by her side.

Celebration of Life
June’s life and love will be celebrated in a private family gathering at a later date.

Memorial Donations
In lieu of flowers, kindly donate in June’s memory to the University Hospital Foundation designated to the ENT Department of Oncology.

  1. LLOYD and Family: I was very saddened to learn of June’s passing. What a lady.
    I was honored to able to do her hair for as long as I could. I will cherish the
    visits I had. She spoke often of her family especially the grandchildren.
    Rest in peace June.

    Our Deepest Condolences Diane & Peter Samborsky

    • What a amazing lady!! With such a big heart!! I was so lucky and blessed to know June for so many years!! She always has the biggest smile. I am so sorry to hear about this.My thoughts and prayers are with all you at this difficult time. Sending love and hugs ❤️😘❤️
      Love Tina xoxo

  2. Uncle Lloyd, Janne and Terry,
    It is so hard to imagine that your wife and mother is gone. You put it very eloquently referring to her inner strength while enduring such an awfully painful disease.
    There were just some things you could tell an aunt that you couldn’t a mom. She truly was a special woman. Her giggle was infectious, her smile could light up the room. I have fond memories of birthday parties, Holiday dinners, sleep overs, so many weekends and summers at the lake. You guys created some great memories for us kids. Coming from such a small family circle, it was like Terry said, almost like having two moms. Auntie June always had a kind heart, great sense of humor, and a determination and tenacity matched only by her sister.
    Big June and little June…although the roles reversed later in life) live on in infamy. It is an honor to share her name. I will miss her dearly and cherish the memories we have.
    Our hearts ache for your loss and that of your grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    May you find peace knowing she is not suffering, and comfort in your memories. Here if you need anything. Love you all so much.

    June and Rod

  3. Condolence to Lloyd and all your family in your loss of June. Blessings
    and prayers to you all.
    Dolores,Bill and Jonathan.

  4. Our condolences to the Family of June Edney. Her niece (our Daughter in law), June Strayer told us of her and stories of her family, like we almost knew her. We think about several sets of twins in the Strayer family seems like the combined families are closer than single siblings. We are sorry for your loss. May God keep and bless each of you. Larry & Shirley Strayer. (Rod Strayer’s parents)

  5. My deepest condolences to you, Lloyd and everyone in your family. June’s passing is a great loss to everyone. She has touched so many lives in so many ways. We all have many fond memories of years at the lake. Your marriage of 69 years, is a mark in life, many couples never achieve. June was a woman of great determination and courage. She has given us the gift of fond memories to hold onto for years to come.
    Stan DeZaeyer and family.

  6. I loved June whom I called and knew as baba my whole life. I have a lot of great memories of hanging out at the lake, campfires, birthdays and seeing her with granny. I am and was inspired by her courage when faced with medical complications. She had a beautiful spirit. My heartfelt condolences to the rest of her family.

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