Shirley June (1938 - 2018)

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    - Judy Salo
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    - Susan Pulliam
  • "We all loved Shirley B -A great lady- Bill Brewer"

Shirley June died April 15, 2018. We invite you to celebrate her life at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Nikiski Senior Center to share stories and laughter.

Her handwriting was elegant. She wrote often, note after note with purpose. Grocery lists, song lyrics, quotes she wanted to remember, long stories about her life. Journal after journal of a life well lived.

Her eyes were glacier blue. She liked to say, "I'm glad the kids inherited my eyes and not my singing voice." Danny Jr, Doug and Misty. Her last journal entry said, "To my kids - when I tell you I love you, it's not to make conversation. I say it to remind you you are the best thing that ever happened to me."

She left Post-it notes with affirmations and kind words. When visiting her children and grandchildren, she would leave many notes behind at their homes. Reminders of how much they were loved. She would have a box with items to mail each of her children, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Finding special items for each person when she traveled. Such a surprise to receive a "grandma box." She never forgot a birthday. The items always eclectic, fun and certainly items no one thought to buy for themselves, always thinking of others.

She always said how thankful she was to have great relationships with her daughters-in-law: Kelly, Leanne and Kelli. She loved how much she was invited to always be a part of her grandchildren's lives, stating "grandchildren kept her young."

Even though born in Kansas in 1938, she considered Alaska her home. In the early years, she and her husband Danny Sr. took in many extra teenagers to help raise. She opened their home and made anyone who walked in feel welcome. There was always room for one more at the table.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on June 10, 2018