Fabric of Collier mother’s life involved sewing
June Getty loved a needle and fabric in hand, creating art for her family, for her home and to exhibit in shows.
The drapes in her house were handmade, said her daughter, Jane Blattner. A meal at Mrs. Getty’s dinner table was set on a handmade tablecloth. The art on her walls was intricate and meticulously made, like a gold thread, African-style mask that Mrs. Getty designed. Her children had one hand-stitched Halloween costume with 65 different pieces to it, her family said.
“It was always something that I think was calming for her,” said Blattner of Presto. “Living in a three-bedroom ranch (home) with six children and a dog probably got out of control at times. The art was her personal time. Mothers tend to be for everyone else.”
June C. Getty of Collier died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, in St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon. She was 88.
Born Sept. 24, 1920, Mrs. Getty was raised in Greenfield, East Liberty and Garfield and learned from her mother and aunts how to stitch and crochet. She graduated from Peabody High School in 1938.
She married her late husband, Paul F. Getty, in 1942, days before he left for France in the Army. They were married for 46 years and raised six children in Bethel Park.
An amateur artist, Mrs. Getty joined the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in the early 1960s to learn more about fiber art. She joined the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. She extended herself beyond kits, her daughter Elaine Weil of Union said, and began designing her work.
“She was always thinking ‘What can I do that is different?’ and made it in a unique way,” Weil said.
The Center for the Arts fiber arts guild had a show in the late 1970s with a container theme, and Mrs. Getty decided as a mother of six “what the ultimate container is, is a womb,” Blattner said, so she fashioned one of fabric.
“Because it was controversial at the time, a lot of people didn’t think it should be in the art show,” Weil said. “A woman kept closing it and hiding it so people wouldn’t see it.”
Mrs. Getty’s artwork appeared in Pittsburgh Center for the Arts shows and the Three Rivers Arts Festival. After moving to Leesburg, Fla., Mrs. Getty’s fiber art was part of an exhibit at Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg.
She learned to play golf to be with her husband more, Weil said, and Mrs. Getty was fond of the game’s social aspects.
“She was never a good golfer, but she loved the ‘after golf,’ ” Weil said.
In addition to daughters Jane and Elaine, Mrs. Getty is survived by sons Paul Getty of Durham, N.C., Jay Getty of Wilmington, Del., and Joel Getty of Aliquippa; daughter Michele Provlis of Versailles; brother Donald Wieland of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a brother, LeRoy Wieland, and a sister, Mary Ann McKee.
Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curt Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alley Cat Allies, 7920 Norfolk Ave., Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814-2525 .