June Cameron (1921 - 2014)

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Junetta Ladene Lagendyk Cameron was born in Rock Rapids, Iowa on September 28, 1921.

Her mother's family was scheduled to emigrate from Holland to the United States on the Titanic, but someone in the family got sick and so they took the next ship. Thus began God's Mercy and Grace in June's life. Her father's parents were born in the Netherlands. June enjoyed telling everyone that she was 100 % Holland Dutch.

June, her parents, brother and sister moved from Iowa to South Dakota when June was 10 years old. They all worked in The Lagendyk Variety Store. June graduated from Avon High School. She received her BA from Yankton College & obtained an elementary and a secondary teaching credential. Then she went "out west" and worked in a factory as Rosie the Riveter for a summer. She taught in Spencer, SD and then in Downey, CA.

She married Jack Cameron in 1947. Steven was born on August 25th 1951. The family moved to Oxnard, CA. Jack worked at Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station in the photography department and June worked in the mathematics department. Bruce was born on December 3rd 1952. The family moved to Camarillo, CA. In 1954 they moved to Thousand Oaks, CA. and June was a stay at home Mom. She substituted for teachers at that time. In 1958 she began teaching at Conejo Elementary School when it was the only school in the Conejo Valley. Thousand Oaks was a wonderful place to raise two active boys. There are many memories of a full life for the boys including hiking in the hills and bush sledding. She obtained 3 more teaching credentials and received an MA from CLU.

She was a school teacher for 40 years (and 16 summer schools) including a year in Germany teaching for the Department of Defense. She was a Demonstration Teacher for UCLA and was a Master Teacher, training students from CSUN, CLU and Pepperdine. Her volunteer activities were varied; teaching Sunday School, tutoring children whose parents were training for Wycliffe Bible Translators, serving at Bible Study Headquarters, working at Holden Village for a summer, helping in the school and church office at Ascension Lutheran Church. She helped children in the neighborhood improve their reading skills and taught English as a second language for adults.

As a Stephen Minister she took communion to "little old ladies". She learned many valuable lessons from them about "the aging process". This was a Blessing to her on her own spiritual journey. She had many interests. Her nickname as a child was Question Box. She enjoyed traveling (wanting to see for herself what she was taught in the history books) and also learning at Elderhostels. She enjoyed book clubs, listening to other's opinions, reading on a Nook, a Kindle, reading and writing poetry, knitting, crocheting, stitchery, making hats and booties for babies, prayer shawls, scarfs, hats for "bald women", attending numerous activities at church, Bible Studies, retreats such as Oasis, etc.

She pushed many buttons on: TV, DVD, the radio, the computer, etc. She probably pushed people's buttons too, unintentionally. She enjoyed using the computer (most of the time) because of the opportunities that it provided in communication and that it provided ways to obtain information.

She enjoyed her family: sons, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, watching them grow through the stages of life; each with their own gifts, unique qualities and personalities. June was thankful for being reared in a Christian home. She was thankful that her mother taught her how to create balance between home and career, also thankful for her father who guided her on her spiritual journey. And she thanks her Heavenly Father for His Love and Protection. She was grateful for all those who were a part of her life. She went Home on June 25, 2014.

Preceded in death: her brother, Nelson Lagendyk and a niece.

She is survived by: her sister Luella Guthrie, her sister-in-law Lee Lagendyk, son Steve, his wife Zing, son Bruce, his wife Val, five grandsons, two granddaughters, one great-grandson, one great-granddaughter, five cousins and two nieces.

Her favorite charities: Wycliffe Bible Translators; Mission Aviation FellowshipMemorial Service: Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 East Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, Ca. July 12th 11 a.m.


Published in Ventura County Star from July 8 to July 11, 2014
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