June Gilbart (nee Pruden)
June 26, 1929 - March 18, 2020
June spent her last days as she always lived: loving life, surrounded by family and friends, sharing stories, wonderful memories and much laughter.
June was the eldest child of the late Emma and Edgar Pruden. She spent her childhood on Wavey Creek where she, her siblings, cousins and pals walked the 2 1/2 miles to school in Clandeboye each day. One fine day at a church picnic in Winnipeg Beach, Roy and June’s families just happened to sit next to each other, “and the rest,” as they say, “is history.” Upon completion of high school in Clandeboye, June moved in with her cousins, the Bradys, to attend Hairdressing School.
June and Roy married in 1951 at St. George's Church, Wakefield. Together they raised their three children in Selkirk, and worked together at the Gilbart Funeral Home that Roy’s father had started in 1935. June was a devoted member of the Selkirk United Church where she managed the memorial fund for more than two decades. June was also a charter member of Selkirk P.E.O., Chapter P and was a founding member of the Selkirk Duplicate Bridge Club. June and Roy really enjoyed playing bridge with their friends and at the club; in fact, at 90, she and Roy are the reigning champs.
The door was always open at June’s house. People of all ages enjoyed the pool, backyard barbecues, parade day, and the river view. June and Roy had a very close family who always looked forward to Sunday dinner at Nan’s. She made the best roast beef and popovers! June had a wonderful circle of friends who loved good stories and great laughs. They developed lifelong bonds and shared close friendships, which have continued to the next generations.
A few years ago, June and Roy moved into condo life, leaving their beloved Eveline Street house with Wes and Leanne, where the family traditions continue. They loved their new home and felt fortunate making frequent visits back to their beloved backyard.
Hawaii held a special spot in June’s heart. She treasured its beauty, culture, warm winds and “Dr. Pacific Ocean,” which she felt cured all ills. She enjoyed her days on the beach and cherished the many friendships she made there. She welcomed each grandchild to the island to experience the aloha spirit when they turned 15, which created many fond memories for a lifetime.
June leaves surviving her husband Roy of 68 years, her daughter Jane Massey (Bob), sons Wes (Leanne), and Geoff (Cheryl); seven grandchildren, Andrea (Phil), Jamie (Ashley), Kurtis (Ashley), David (Cindy), Kayla (Adam), Deanna (Ray), Graham (Alisha); and eight great-grandchildren, Vivienne and Elysia; Skylar, Locklyn and Berklee;and Grayson, Everleigh and Vayda. June will also be missed by her brothers Glen (Alice), Norman (Pat), and Dale (Carol), and her brother-in-law, Don (Del), and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, June was predeceased by her brothers Billy and Ronnie, and sisters Betty and Lynn.
A Celebration of Life service will be held once public health conditions will allow. Friends may pay their respects and visit with family on Saturday, March 21, at the Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk. Due to the coronavirus and in an attempt to space visitations, please phone the funeral home for a scheduled viewing time (204-482-3271).
June’s warm personality, gracious nature and friendly smile will be missed by her family and friends. Rest in peace dear wife, mom and Nan.
Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com.
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.
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