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June Williams(1934 - 2012)

Williams, June Warrington June Warrington Williams, longtime University Park resident, died peacefully at home on November 12, 2012. The last of nine children, she was born on the family farm in Anderson County, Texas, June 1, 1934, to Edward Elijah Warrington and Jewell Amanda Russell Warrington. In 1952, along with future journalist Bill Moyers, she graduated high school in Marshall, Texas with the second-highest senior class GPA. That summer, she moved to the Lakewood neighborhood of Dallas. She married Oklahoman Jack Edward Williams in 1954 at University Park Methodist Church, and they had a daughter, Jill, and a son, Jackson. The marriage ended in divorce in 1975. June worked in downtown Dallas from the early 1950s, first for the head of GM's corporate Southwest office (Oldsmobile Division), and later for the Chief Financial Officer of University Computing Company. By the 1990s, she'd spent two decades as Administrative Assistant to real estate developer Mack Pogue, founder of Lincoln Property Company. The Warrington residential high-rise bears her maiden name, and she also named the restaurant "Dakota's." Above all, Mother loved time spent with family and friends, including close companion Robert German, and in recent years the women of the "Birthday Group." An avid reader, novels and newspapers were constant, along with a taste for good food and a close ball game. Fashion-forward since youth, this very Dallas woman shopped Neiman's and small boutiques for over 60 years. June was truly Big D from within. She knew the whole town and people from all walks. Raised a Democrat, she became a mid-life Republican and then returned to her roots, ever gracious yet direct. June was a current member of University Park United Methodist Church; Daughters of the American Revolution, Michael Stoner Chapter; Dallas Museum of Art League; Dallas Opera Women's Board; Dallas Symphony Orchestra League; Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum; Mary K. Craig Class; Armstrong Review Club; and Rave Reviews Club. She is survived by her children, Jill Ward and husband Randall of Austin and Jackson Williams of Austin; a sister, Martha Hopper and husband Jim of San Antonio; two brothers, Ray Warrington of Odessa and Dudley Warrington of the Goodsonville Community; and numerous nieces and nephews, locally among them Deanna Sandlin and husband Robert of Dallas and Cindy Coleman and husband Russell of Grapevine. A service will be held at UPUMC on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00pm, with a reception following in Fellowship Hall. Inurnment will be at Sparkman-Hillcrest.




Published in Dallas Morning News from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2012
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