SPRINGFIELD, IL - June Chrans, 92, formerly of Naples, Fla., passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at River Birch Senior Living.
June was born June 27, 1921, in Nokomis, Ill., to John "Jack" and Pearl Kelly. She and Dallas Chrans were married for many years and owned fire and safety equipment companies in Miami, Fla., and St. Petersburg, Fla.
June was an avid golfer throughout her life and enjoyed golf vacations all over the country; but, she took special pleasure in playing with her lady friends at Oak Crest Country Club in Springfield and at the Naples Country Club in Naples, Fla.
June was a marvelous ballroom dancer who often took the spotlight on the dance floor as she and her partner jitterbugged, did the samba, rhumba, or cha cha with ballroom precision. She was often told that her calling was to have been a "Rockette!"
She had exquisite taste in decorating and was a "fashionista" with impeccable taste in clothing and shoes! It is no wonder that June was one of the first women in the Springfield area to start a business as a personal shopper in the Reich Building at the age of 19.
Besides being a loyal and generous friend to so many, June had a special devotion to her dogs, especially her beloved poodle, Jacque. The humane treatment of animals was a cause close to her heart and she supported the APL until the end of her life.
June, "Junebug", will be greatly missed by her caregivers; niece, Gayle; nephew, Steve Chrans; nieces and nephews, and the many friends and children of her friends, all of whom June regarded as her "extended family." She opened her heart and her door to so many with generosity, affection, and a love of company and conversation. As was often spoken, she was a "classy lady"!
She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Kelly.
Her family will greet friends at a memorial gathering at 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Rte. 4, Chatham, IL. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
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