June PENDER

PENDER June

Passed away peacefully on May 13, 2013 at Pleasant View Care Home. June was born in Portsmouth, England and after graduation attended arts school in London. During the war she worked illustrating textbooks for the British Admiralty. After her marriage to Denis (Denny) Pender they moved to St. Ives, Cornwall, which had long been an artists’ colony due to the exceptional quality of its natural light. June joined the Penwith Society of Artists and also became involved with theatrical design and landscape painting. When she and her family emigrated to Canada June joined the art department of Reader’s Digest in Montreal, until the family moved to North Vancouver in 1964. On her husband’s retirement they moved to Mission be closer to their family, though many summers were spent painting on Hornby Island. June had been a past member of the West Van Sketch Club, the Mission Artists Association and the Federation of Canadian Artists. She worked mainly in oils and particularly enjoyed painting the B.C. landscape, especially the coastal areas and the Gulf Islands. Her paintings have been exhibited in many art shows and galleries in the US and Canada and hang in homes in several countries. June was predeceased by her husband and one sister and is survived by her sister Margaret in Massachusetts, nephews and nieces in England and Norway, and by her son David, daughter Gillian (Barry), granddaughter Kate and great granddaughter Emma. The family thanks the caring and supportive staff of Pleasant View. June will be remembered for her steadfast and uncomplaining nature, her generous support of environmental and animal welfare causes, her strength of character and her quiet kindness and her joy of life.