June Marguerite Bartram Smith
My Dearest Nana,
I have so many things that I need to say to you. You are one of the most gentle, kind, loving, generous, brave, and selfless human beings I have ever had the privilege to know, let alone be related to.
The affection and energy that you devoted to me has helped shape me into the woman that I am today and I can only hope that you know how deeply I love you.
I have so many fond memories of time that you and I spent together. You came from Florida to visit me almost every summer and as a small girl I looked forward to your yearly visit more than you could ever imagine. We did so many fun things together when you came - just spending time with you was fun because of your positive energy and infectious warmth. I remember the visors that you bought for you and I to wear to the fireworks on the 4th of July: one with ladybugs and one with fish and one with beautiful sunflowers. I don't remember how old I was when you started calling me just that: sunflower. In fact, your "nick-name" for me seemed to grow more and more throughout the years, First it was: Sarah Elizabeth Smith, then: Sarah Elizabeth Sunflower Smith, then: Sarah Elizabeth Hoonah Sunflower Smith"... I'm certain that you are still adding names in there somewhere, I only with I could know what they were...
I remember how much you loved mystery novels and watching "Without a Trace" and I remember your long bright red fingernails. I remember your apartment, covered in seashells, smelling of perfume, being bright and beautiful: a perfect reflection of you. I remember the years my mom, dad, and I drove to visit you on Christmas. You would line the driveway with brown paper lunch bags filled with candles and run out to meet us before the car even made it to the driveway. I remember seeing you there as we pulled onto your street. You were wearing orange shorts and a striped shirt and your smile was so wide. I remember driving around town with you and Jordan looking at Christmas lights. I remember walking on the beach with you and Jordan and feeling so at peace. I remember the year that you decorated the little bush on your porch so we could have a christmas tree. I remember the feeling of getting home from school and running to the mailbox and being so excited to get a letter from you - those were my favorite days.
Nana you are one of a kind and I am forever grateful that your light will always shine down on me. You are the brightest beam in my sky and I always know how to find you my beautiful beloved Junie Moon.
Love your granddaughter, friend, and eternal admirer,
Sarah Elizabeth Hoonah Sunflower Smith
Junie Moon, you were a ray of sunshine in our lives. Your smile and positive energy brightened every day. We had such fun in the second hand shops,our walks and riding the island trolley. You will always be close to my heart.
God Bless your family, especially now.
Dear June, You are Dearly missed and loved. Be at Peace.
Precious Junie Moon, the fond memories will last forever. I thank you for being such a wonderful cousin & friend!! You're always in our hearts. We love you, Caran & Pete
It was a pleasure to be among your many friends. I will always remember your smile, even though you did not feel well. You will forever be in our hearts.