In memory of
June E. Conway
In memory of
June E. Conway
June E. Conway June 17, 1934 - Jan. 19, 2021 Born in rural Ontario, Canada, in 1934 in a farmhouse that lacked electricity and plumbing but was filled with the love of an ever-expanding family. Her devotion to education began in a one-room schoolhouse, McPherson School, located a mile from the farm. On wickedly snowy mornings, June and her siblings would cuddle under a blanket and ride to school in a horse-drawn sleigh. Her work ethic developed at an early age as she balanced studying, caring for her eight siblings and eventually neighboring children. Miss Arthur, one of her many mentors, noticed how beautifully she cared for children and encouraged her to pursue a career in nursing. It was a fateful choice that would lead to a career in both medicine and education. Always a devoted friend, June made lifelong friends in nursing school. She and her fellow graduates recently gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their graduation. After graduating nursing school in 1955 at Woodstock General Hospital, in Ontario, she met her future husband in the emergency room. Robert G. Conway, an American, convinced her to marry him and leave her beloved Canada. After traveling around the U.S., they eventually settled in Portland, Ore., where her husband's family had deep roots dating back to the pioneers. Far away from her own family, she became close to his aunts, uncles and cousins and eventually added to their fold four children: Leonard, Catherine and the twins, Rita and Robert, all born within three years, 1959-62. Her experience as a nurse came in handy as she deftly changed both the twins' diapers at the same time! She taught nursing at the community college level, and eventually accepted a position in the Portland Public Schools where she founded the high school vocational program, Health Occupations, for students who were interested in exploring careers in the medical field. In the early years, at Lincoln and Wilson High Schools, the program attracted a diverse student population from stoners to student leaders. June created an innovative practice to help her students express themselves and explore their feelings. "Circle" was loosely based on the 12-step programs and the book "A Road Less Traveled." After divorcing in the late 1970s, June met the love of her life, Blayne Perleth, EdD, and put him through a 15 year probationary period before finally marrying him in 1997. They married in Portland surrounded by family then jetted off to Ontario for more celebrations before heading to Cuba for the Havana Jazz Festival. Though she retired in her early 60s, June never rested. She volunteered in various capacities, joined numerous clubs and groups, traveled around the world, played games, attended arts events, parades, parties and her grandchildren's sporting events. June E. Conway is survived by thousands of former students and friends; numerous cousins; nieces and nephews; five of her seven brothers; and eight sisters-in-law. She is deeply missed by her four children; four grandchildren, Samuel (and Mekenna), Ethan, Paul (and Marla) and Candace (and Rob), her great-granddaughter, Naleya; and her cherished husband, Blayne. A scholarship fund for first-generation higher education students has been created in her honor at Oregon Health Sciences University where one of her former students, Dr. David Bangsberg, is the Founding Dean of Public Health. Contributions in her memory may be made by mail: Edgar Gonzales, Assistant Vice-President for Development, OHSU Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205. A celebration of June's life will be held after the restrictions for Covid have been lifted. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
June E. Conway
June E. Conway June 17, 1934 - Jan. 19, 2021 Born in rural Ontario, Canada, in 1934 in a farmhouse that lacked electricity and plumbing but was filled with the love of an ever-expanding family. Her devotion to education began in a one-room schoolhouse, McPherson School, located a mile from the farm. On wickedly snowy mornings, June and her siblings would cuddle under a blanket and ride to school in a horse-drawn sleigh. Her work ethic developed at an early age as she balanced studying, caring for her eight siblings and eventually neighboring children. Miss Arthur, one of her many mentors, noticed how beautifully she cared for children and encouraged her to pursue a career in nursing. It was a fateful choice that would lead to a career in both medicine and education. Always a devoted friend, June made lifelong friends in nursing school. She and her fellow graduates recently gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their graduation. After graduating nursing school in 1955 at Woodstock General Hospital, in Ontario, she met her future husband in the emergency room. Robert G. Conway, an American, convinced her to marry him and leave her beloved Canada. After traveling around the U.S., they eventually settled in Portland, Ore., where her husband's family had deep roots dating back to the pioneers. Far away from her own family, she became close to his aunts, uncles and cousins and eventually added to their fold four children: Leonard, Catherine and the twins, Rita and Robert, all born within three years, 1959-62. Her experience as a nurse came in handy as she deftly changed both the twins' diapers at the same time! She taught nursing at the community college level, and eventually accepted a position in the Portland Public Schools where she founded the high school vocational program, Health Occupations, for students who were interested in exploring careers in the medical field. In the early years, at Lincoln and Wilson High Schools, the program attracted a diverse student population from stoners to student leaders. June created an innovative practice to help her students express themselves and explore their feelings. "Circle" was loosely based on the 12-step programs and the book "A Road Less Traveled." After divorcing in the late 1970s, June met the love of her life, Blayne Perleth, EdD, and put him through a 15 year probationary period before finally marrying him in 1997. They married in Portland surrounded by family then jetted off to Ontario for more celebrations before heading to Cuba for the Havana Jazz Festival. Though she retired in her early 60s, June never rested. She volunteered in various capacities, joined numerous clubs and groups, traveled around the world, played games, attended arts events, parades, parties and her grandchildren's sporting events. June E. Conway is survived by thousands of former students and friends; numerous cousins; nieces and nephews; five of her seven brothers; and eight sisters-in-law. She is deeply missed by her four children; four grandchildren, Samuel (and Mekenna), Ethan, Paul (and Marla) and Candace (and Rob), her great-granddaughter, Naleya; and her cherished husband, Blayne. A scholarship fund for first-generation higher education students has been created in her honor at Oregon Health Sciences University where one of her former students, Dr. David Bangsberg, is the Founding Dean of Public Health. Contributions in her memory may be made by mail: Edgar Gonzales, Assistant Vice-President for Development, OHSU Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205. A celebration of June's life will be held after the restrictions for Covid have been lifted. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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