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BLAIN, June Louise (formerly Baker, nee Roberts)

August 17, 1925 – March 27, 2013

With loving family present, June Blain died peacefully in Calgary on March 27, 2013 at the age of 87 years.

June is survived by her husband Bill Blain; children, Janice Deshoux (Joe), Barb Willis (Pat), Fred Baker, Allan Blain (Greta), Peggy Baker, Robert Baker (Ulrike), and Tony Baker (Skip); eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; and her brother Ben Roberts.  She was predeceased by her first husband Ernie Baker.

In her own words, June had a wonderful life and wouldn’t have changed anything.  June was born on August 17 1925 in Toronto. She lived all across Canada from Halifax, NS to Chilliwack, BC.  She served with the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII, and raised her children near Westlock, AB.  In 1969 she and Bill Blain were married in Camrose, AB.  June was a dynamic woman whose character is not captured in a simple biography of dates and places.  She was active in many community groups.  At church she taught Sunday School and led the choir.  In recent years she taught computer courses for seniors at the Kerby Centre and Library in Calgary.  June attained her Masters in the 1980’s and worked for many years as a social worker.  More recently, June assisted in leading exercise classes at the Manor where she lived.  Constantly learning and helping others to learn was very important to her.  June was an inspiration to her family and friends as someone who always looked to improve and expand.  June’s beautiful singing voice, passion for travel, ability to keep up with technological change, and fullness of spirit will fuel the memories and warm the hearts of those who mourn her passing.  Because June raised her family to love, she leaves a close and caring family that will always hold her dear.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to Plan Canada, 95 St. Clair Avenue West Suite 1001, Toronto, ON, M4V 3B5,Telephone:  1-800-387-1418, to support vulnerable children worldwide.  Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of June Blain, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES,

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  1. David Baker :

    Your Mom was always so lively and ready to help and to raise everyone’s spirits – and this seems to have happened every time I remember being with her – from the early years in the 40s and 50s at Hazel Bluff, and later at less frequent family occasions. My recollections of June’s spirit, love and engagement in growth (personal, family, career) is the meaning for all of us I believe. Thank you, June!

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  2. David and Linda Campbell :

    My dear cousins and Bill, I just heard about Aunt June’s passing. It saddened me as I thought a lot of her. She was so much fun and enjoyed life even with the hard things that occured in her own personal life. She over came them and carried on with a spirit that few have. I wish I had known as I would have gone to the funeral. May your memories of her encourage you at this time.
    Love, David and Linda

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