The WMS has lost a dear friend and past staff member. It is with sadness and regret that we inform the WMS of the passing of June Stevenson. June started her work as editor of Glad Tidings in September 1980 and after 24 years of service retired in 2004. During her time with Glad Tidings, June challenged our members on many issues, advocated for women of the church and society as a whole, and brought the magazine into the computer era. She was also a strong advocate for the rights of the Indigenous People. She visited the sites of former residential schools and talked to former residents and staff in June 1991. Following this, she served on the Residential Schools Working group which drafted our confession and she continued to advocate for reconciliation.
June was an accomplished writer. She wrote one book (unpublished) “Tracing Rainbows Through the Rain”, penned many articles for Glad Tidings, wrote poetry, and contributed words to many greeting cards. In 2014, she received the Word Award from the Word Guild (a Christian writers community) for her poem, “Silhouette on the Snow” and her song lyrics for “A Quiet Place.”
Please keep June’s family and friends in your prayers.
To read June’s obituary, please visit the memorial website at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.