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June P. England, 77, educator, volunteer

June P. England, a musician and educator who led volunteer efforts for several St. Petersburg charities, has died at 77.

She died Thursday (March 3, 1994) at the nursing center of Freedom Square, a Seminole retirement community where she and her husband had lived since 1989.

Mrs. England died of encephalitis, said her husband, Dr. Arthur O. England, a retired Michigan psychologist and Oriental art collector.

For seven years she served on the board of trustees of the Bayfront Medical Center Auxiliary. She was a past president of the volunteer group. She also was a past president and board member of the St. Petersburg Woman's Club and a member of the board of Hacienda Girls Ranch, one of the charities supported by the club.

She was a past president of the Women's Chamber of Commerce and Maas Brothers customer advisory board, made up of presidents of 52 women's organizations, and a member of the Stuart Society of the Museum of Fine Arts, American Cancer Society and Florida Orchestra Guild.

Mrs. England, who moved to St. Petersburg in 1970, worked 20 years for Detroit public schools, where she directed programs for exceptional children. Her efforts were recognized by the Michigan Legislature, which declared May 20, 1970, as June P. England Day.

For six years she was associate editor of the Journal for Exceptional Children. She held several offices, including first vice president, in the Council for Exceptional Children, International.

After moving to St. Petersburg, she plunged into volunteer work.

"She was very strong and very intelligent," her husband of 38 years said Friday, "and she wasn't going to just sit around tending the roses. She loved to do things. And because of her organizational ability, the first thing you knew she was president."

Mrs. England held bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan. She studied voice and piano and was a member of the Detroit Symphony Choral for 10 years. She was a soloist at several churches in the Detroit area.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, 2201 Dr. M. L. King (Ninth) St. N. The Rev. Chris Curvin will officiate.