A long time resident of Roseburg , Oregon passed away December 12, 2012. She died peacefully at the Klamath Falls, Oregon home of her son.
She is survived by daughter Carolyn and son-in-law Wayne Wright and son Dennis and daughter-in-law Janice Edwards, nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Her husband of 55 years, Sam, died in 1992.
June was born to a hardworking dairy farmer, George Brandon Short and his wife, Ida May Lankford Short in Oklahoma on June 19, 1918. She was the last of 11 children. All of them preceded her in death.
When a tornado destroyed their home when she was just a baby, her father moved the family to Arizona.
After the death of her father when she was fifteen, she and her mother moved from Arizona to southern California where she met and married Sam Edwards in 1937. The family moved often, as Sam worked at jobs in California, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Oregon. June said she planted rose bushes for years and never stayed long enough to see them bloom.
Her wish was granted when the couple retired to Roseburg, Oregon in 1980. Their small lot was soon ablaze with roses and a myriad of flowering plants. One great-grandchild nicknamed her “my flower grandma.”
June was a member of the TOPS club, attaining and maintaining a KOPS status for years. She loved swimming and was a regular at the YMCA pool.
When she was in her seventies, she took a writing class, and prepared an autobiography to give to each of her children and grandchildren. It was so popular, she had to have more copies printed for nieces and nephews. A copy was requested by the Arizona Historical Society.
Her ninetieth birthday party was attended by over 100 family, close friends and other members of the community.
She was devoted to her husband and children and their offspring. She never tired of teaching lessons of honesty, caring, and etiquette. “If you get your scalp clean, you don’t have to worry about your hair” applied to more than shampooing. “Never refuse a breath mint” made others comfortable without forcing them into rudeness. The grandchildren could always count on chewing gum from her large purse, but only half a stick, because of “waste not, want not.” We all heard her say, “You can have all you want to eat, but eat all you take.”
Until her health began to fail, she kept up a voluminous correspondence with siblings, their children, childhood friends and many other friends she had gained along the way.
Beloved by her family and friends, June left a legacy of love, devotion, character and integrity.
There will be no memorial service. Those who wish may make a contribution to the Roseburg YMCA.