BELLINGHAM, Wash. – During the early morning of Christmas Day, June Fransen MacKenzie peacefully went to heaven after battling Parkinson’s disease since 2003.
June was born in Sterling to Edwin and Mabelle Fransen, and was the second oldest of nine children. Early on in her life, it was evident she had an amazing musical talent; blessed with a beautiful soprano, operatic voice. Throughout her life, she performed as lead soloist in countless musical productions and operas. June’s voice was mesmerizing and surprising to all; that such a big, strong, beautiful voice came out of such a tiny body. June’s repertoire includes lead female roles in operettas (Pirates of Penzance, Trial by Jury, The Mikado, Patience, Ruddigore, H.M.S. Pinafore, Iolanthe, Yeoman of the Guard, New Moon, The Desert Song, and The Music Man); soloist in Handel’s Messiah; opera performances (Cosi Fan Tutti, La Boheme, Pagliacci, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and Carmen); and other professional solo appearances (Illinois Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Seattle Opera Preview), and many benefits, recitals and symphony soloist performances. June received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, all while raising her two daughters. While working full time at Western Washington University as supervisor in the music library, she taught voice lessons. She also was the soloist for Christian Science Church in Mount Vernon, Wash.
In 2007, after 30 years, June retired from WWU. She enjoyed traveling with her husband of 46 years and spending time with her family. Mom loved her family so much. She was blessed with three grandchildren whom she adored. She was able to knit beautiful sweaters and blankets for all of them and sew pretty dresses for her granddaughter. She also painted beautiful porcelain dolls. Parkinson’s really took hold in 2010, when her family had to make the hard decision to move her to Merrill Gardens in Bellingham, Wash., where she could receive the best care possible; which is where she lived until moving onto heaven.
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