WEBSTER (nee Burford)

June Laura

March 13, 1924 – June 25, 2010

June passed away at Red Deer Hospital after a brief illness at the age of 86 years. She will be forever missed by her children: Allen (Sylvia), Leduc, Douglas, Vancouver, Joan (Robert), Turner Valley; grandchildren: Larry, Lori Ann, David, Shauna, Darcy, and Nelson; great grandchildren: Kaitlynd, Addison, Rebecca, Joshua, Samuel, Emma, Isabella, and Tysei. June was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd in 1986; her sisters, Bernice, Maxine, Gloria, Fay, Fern, and Donna. She is survived by her sisters, Lorraine Willis and Shirley Seager; sisters-in-law, Doreen Toker, Margaret Levesque, Kathleen Webster and many nieces and nephews. June was raised in the Fenn district where her father and mother, Dee and Bertha Burford homesteaded. She attended school at Fenn and finished in Big Valley, with horses as the means of transportation everyday. June married Lloyd Webster on June 22, 1942 in Big Valley. For the next 40 years they lived on the OVT (Usher) Ranch where Lloyd was Manager. In 1982 they retired from the ranch and moved to Big Valley.

June enjoyed life to the fullest on the Ranch with its great expanse, nature and the cattlemen’s lifestyle. Hard work particularly in the earlier years with no power or indoor plumbing, raising kids, and looking after hired help was always well managed by her making a detailed plan for the next day’s tasks. June was very involved in the community. She belonged to the Royal Purple for 65 years which was one of her biggest passions. She also was a member of the Legion, UCW (United Church), Historical Society, and Hall Board. Curling, Golf and Traveling were other major interests. In 1993, June and Arnold Berthot became partners and enjoyed their retirement years in Big Valley and traveling to many places throughout the world. Arnold passed away June 25th of 2006. Music was an important part of June’s life, playing piano for many music sessions at the ranch, in their home in Big Valley. June played piano, saxophone, and clarinet. She played for many years in the Big Valley Band. Her grandchildren will never forget her donuts that she made for them. All the men on branding day were fans of June’s donuts at coffee break time. June was a wonderful lady with a calming and encouraging mannerism to all those who knew her. She was very dedicated to her family and friends. Interment was held at the Big Valley Cemetery and was followed by Funeral services at the Big Valley Jubilee Hall June 30th. 2010. Rev. Jack Schulze was the officiating clergy. Family and friends gathered after the service. Lunch was served by the Big Valley Royal Purple. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of June, memorial contributions can be made to the AB. Cancer Society, and Canadian Paraplegic Association care of the Stettler Funeral Home and Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 who are entrusted with the care and arrangements.


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