A life-long Anglican Church volunteer in the Diocese of Huron, Glenus June (Vogan) MacPherson, known for her endearing smile, has passed away. She died at her London home on Friday, August 8, 2014 in the arms of her family and is ascending into the embrace of God.
An active membeer at the 8:30 a.m. congregation at St. James Westminster Anglican Church in Wortley Village, Mrs. MacPherson was a former lay administrator at the church. Her first husband, the late Rev. G. Douglas Vogan was a senior assistant minister at the church after he retired. Her second husband, Wayne MacPherson, is a former church council member, delegate to the Diocese of Huron Synod and church historian.
The proud daughter of Alexander (Sandy) Watson and Johann (Lowther) of London, June introduced them to the joys of Christian life to add to their fine home life, interaction with friends, and their love of travel and of horses.
On her marriage to Rev. Vogan on June 9, 1951 after his graduation from Western University and Huron College, they began their parish life service. June assumed responsibilities of an Anglican minister’s wife when Rev. Vogan served in congregations in Gorrie, Fordwich and Wroxeter, Thamesville and Dresden, La Salle, Leamington and in London at the former St. Matthews Church. He was deacon-in-charge of London’s St. Stephen’s Memorial Church when it began in 1950. Rev. Vogan also taught English at Westminster Secondary School beginning in 1967 and continued as a part-time priest. In retirement, he also served again at St. Matthews until 1994, All Saints, St. Andrew’s Memorial in London and Christ Church in Delaware.
Knowledgeable in scriptures, June helped provide continuing support for congregation members in addition to serving in positions from leader in the former Anglican Young People’s Association, youth and study groups, auxiliaries and as a member of choirs. June provided enthusiastic support for new clergy and followed their progress. She was a long-time and continuing member of St. Matthews Young Women’s Association that had dwindled to the Group of Seven. The Vogans assisted at Huron Church Camp for 17 years and a plaque honouring Fr. Vogan for service to the camp was unveiled in 2005. He died on January 18, 1998.
Historical church research took her from beyond the Diocese of Huron Archives, Huron University College and Western University to Windsor University and churches and libraries in Port Talbot, St. Thomas, Leamington, Blenheim, Woodstock, Brantford, Niagara, Albany, Boston and Washington.
In business, June was the private secretary for administrators at London Life and office staff member for Canadian Border Services in Windsor.
June married Wayne, a widower, on April 27, 2001 at St. James Westminster where they met. His wife, Donna, predeceased in 1998.
Wayne, their children: Sandy Vogan (Angela), Kelly Vogan, Sandra Shackelton (Dave) and Stuart MacPherson (Kim) survive. She was the proud Nana June of Amanda, Jim, Eamonn, Sean, John and Avery. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Jean Watson and Doreen McBeth; long-time close friend and cousin, Mary Ellington (Thomas) and cousins, Robert Lowther and Janet Williamson. A sister, Vivien (2002) and brother, Robert A. (1979), predeceased.
The family wishes to thank Rev. Dr. Gary Nicolosi, Dr. Helena Robinson, Dr. Robert Teasell, Community Care Access Centre officials Lynda Neil, Dr. Paul Ferner, Phil Daniels, St. Elizabeth Health Care nurse Emmellene Hardcastle and the group’s special personal support workers.
Donations may be made to Huron Church Camp, 190 Queens Avenue, London, ON N6A 6H7. Cheque(s) are to be payable to the Diocese of Huron, or online at http://huronchurchcamp.ca/donate
Rev. Dr. Gary Nicolosi, rector, will conduct a memorial service at St. James Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Askin Street, London, on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial of cremated remains will take place at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com