June T. Nye

June T. Nye

June T. Nye, also known as Evely June Nye, 86, died June 22, 2003, at her home.

She was born June 29, 1916, in Seattle. She enjoyed art, music and the outdoors. She began painting as a child and attended music and art foundation creative art classes until age 17. She studied at the Seattle Art Academy and began serious work at home. She was a contemporary of painters Morris Graves and Guy Anderson. She also studied with the eminent Mork Tobey for more than 10 years, from whom she received guidance and inspiration. Through his teaching, a work of art became a creation with an entity of its own.

Over the last 20 years she became a noted Sumi painter, and her works of art were exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum and Frye Museum. Her later works were exhibited at the Museo Piccolo Gallery in Langley. She also gained much inspiration from her friends at the Greenbank Artist Monday Group.

She also enjoyed classical music, and in her earlier years she was an avid piano player of Bach, Schumann and Mozart.

She and her husband enjoyed sailing in the San Juan Islands in their sailboat, Gabriola. They were long-time members of the Seattle Yacht Club. After they sold their sailboat they went on many trips into the mountains, especially to the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, where their daughter lives.

They moved to Mutiny Sands in 1989, where she enjoyed walking on the beach and exploring sea life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill “Willy” Nye.

She is survived by a son, Bill Nye Jr., and his wife, Sally, of Priest River, Idaho; a daughter, Tessa Bradt of Victor, Mont.; grandchildren Julie Nye and her husband, Tom Alber, of Berkeley, Calif., Betsy Nye and her husband, Rob Kronkhyte, of Tahoe City, Calif., Dave Bradt and his wife, Jolene, of Florence, Mont., Michael Bradt and his wife, Dora, of Victor; and six great-grandchildren, Josh, Emily and Mackenzie Nye, Daniel and Michael Bradt and Garrison Bradt.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. July 2 in Hamilton, Mont.

Arrangements are by Visser Funeral Home, Langley, and Daly-Leach Memorial Chapel, Hamilton, Mont.

The family suggests memorials to a local humane society.