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Entrepreneur, founder of C. June Shoes dies

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 01:18 p.m. HST, Dec 12, 2013

 George F. Lee / glee@staradvertiser.com June Mulhall, shown with son Guy West, will sell C. June Shoes in Ward Warehouse. Mulhall, the founder, has been selling shoes since 1979.

June Mulhall, founder of C. June Shoes at Ward Warehouse, died peacefully in her sleep overnight Sunday. She was 76.

A breast cancer and stomach tumor survivor, "she was tough as nails," said her daughter Yvonne West Palma, who arrived from California earlier this week, as did her sister Rushelle West-Vasak.

Their brother Guy West helped his mother in the store and would bring in meals, as they were the only two employees in recent months.

In May, Mulhall announced plans to sell the store and retire, but with only two years remaining on the lease, no deals have come to fruition.

"We're glad she went to sleep and had a great dream and didn't wake up," West-Palma said.

Mulhall's ashes will be scattered during a private family ceremony and there will be a by-invitation celebration of life at her Kahala home.

"She'd want everybody to have a cocktail wearing some crazy aloha outfit," West Palma said, "to say June we love you and will miss drinking with you. We're glad you're resting in peace."

C. June Shoes at Ward Warehouse is open for business, as required under its lease.

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