The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 21, 2013

June Sturgis

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — June Sturgis, 91, of Baxter Springs, Kan., passed from this life on Sunday evening, Aug. 18, 2013, at Galena Nursing Center.

June was born June 2, 1922, in Alva, Okla., to Delbert and Lilly Viola (Parsons) Frazier.

She married Donald Preston Sturgis on March 11, 1939, in Carthage, Mo. He preceded her in death on July 11, 1987.

June was a homemaker for most of her life raising her six children. She was a very religious woman and she raised her children as such. She enjoyed spending time in her garden once they moved to town, as it reminded her of their farm. June started her career late in life as she waited until her children moved off to college and started families. She worked for King Louie in Baxter Springs and Holiday Inn in Joplin, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her siblings and four of her children, Donna June Sturgis, Samuel David Sturgis, Joseph Wayne Sturgis and Donald Preston Sturgis Jr.

Survivors include one son, Michael Eugene Sturgis and wife, Janis McGrew, of Joplin; one daughter, Rebecca Ann (Sturgis) Belt and husband, Brad, of Muskogee, Okla.; six grandchildren, Donny Sturgis, Patrick Sturgis, Michael E. Sturgis II, Sam Sturgis and Missy Sturgis; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Derfelt's Funeral Home in Baxter Springs. The funeral will be Thursday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. at House of Prayer in Riverton, Kan. June's final resting place will be next to her husband, Don, at Gandy Cemetery in Lowell, Kan.

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