Words cannot express the loss I feel at the passing of June. While the last twenty years of her life were
filled with the burden of fighting her cancer, she still found happiness in her family, friends, and love of
the outdoors. There were many serious surgeries and difficult chemo treatments, but she was always
able to rebound and resume doing the things she loved. She did all she could to fight her disease. In
2015, after her doctors at GBMC told her there was nothing more they could do, she sought help
elsewhere and endured a difficult surgery and a protracted recovery time of about six months. She
thereby gained another five years. June was quiet, calm, and thoughtful. She never sought attention,
but had an inner strength that shined brightly. While bicycling and hiking were activities that we both
spent a lot of time enjoying, she also wanted to give of herself. Until she lost the strength, she was an
active volunteer for many years at LaDew Topiary Gardens where she led groups of children on nature
walks. June liked to help people as can be seen from the work that she did: middle school geography
teacher, senior center director, and lastly and for the most time, an adult educator. Some of her favorite
assignments involved teaching employees at various corporations to enhance their skills, get a high
school diploma, etc. In another aspect of that work, she oversaw the training of people who
volunteered to mentor students. She thus extended her enthusiasm for helping to them.
This past year has been a tough time for us both. We have, however, been blessed by the care and
concern of friends and family. To all of those who visited, called, sent cards and flowers, brought food
and most importantly, love; you have my deepest appreciation. June had a long list of people to whom
she intended to write 'thank you' notes, but her energy level went down before she could do that. I will
not forget, and I will always feel closer to all of you for your kindness and love of June.
June was my closest companion for 51 years (50 married). To say she will be missed is a great
understatement. Our one son, Ross, who is loved by us both, inherited a lot of June's good qualities.
A legacy and a remembrance.
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