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BAMPING June Bamping, beloved mother and grandmother, trusted friend, thoughtful neighbor and dedicated teacher passed away November 17, 2012. June was born January 7, 1931 in Tell City, Indiana to Clarence and Elsie Bunner. June earned her bachelors from Ball State University and her masters degree in education from Jacksonville University. June also studied at the University of Georgia where she became a committed life-long Bulldog Fan. She dedicated 33 years to educating students at Hogan Spring Glen, George Washington Carver and Arlington Heights elementary schools. June was so passionate about education that she provided after-hours tutoring and volunteered in the schools before and after retirement. June believed in a life of continued giving. She volunteered with Horse Sense & Sensitivity, the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, St. Paul s Episcopal Church, and schools throughout Jacksonville. June was an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party and felt at home with its ideals of equal opportunity and justice for all people. June traveled extensively, visiting 49 states and most of our national parks. She was a dedicated environmentalist and lead by example with recycling and resource conservation part of her daily life. She was heartbroken at the loss of the huge hickory tree that graced her front yard, surviving storms and hurricanes but finally succumbing to old age. Being June, she instructed the arborist while removing the tree to immediately bring a replacement! All who knew June were awed by her prodigious, almost magical, gardening talents. She seemed have the power to make dead branches stuck in the dirt spring to life and thrive. Perhaps what will be most remembered was June s wit and love of play. Cards, board games, puzzles, riddles, and jokes were enjoyed immensely and she shared and taught her children and grandchildren to relish the fun in life. The outdoors was especially created for activity, in June s mind. Whether climbing in a deer stand at age 80, trampoline bouncing with grandchildren in her 70s, or completing the Susan G Komen breast cancer walk after months of fighting her own battle with disease, June kept moving at an amazing pace. We will miss seeing her in the garden, we will miss her teaching, her wit and love of play, we will miss June. But we have her memory to carry with us forever. June will be most missed by her children: Jan Myrick, Judy Bamping and her husband and June s son-in-law, Dean Johnson, and Jack Bamping and his close friend, Angel DeJesus. And her grandchildren: Sanderson Myrick and Haley, Jackson and Abby Bamping. June s life will be celebrated at a 10:00 a.m. service at St. Paul s Episcopal Church, 5616 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, December 8, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in June s memory to the Sierra Club, the Salvation Army or Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Dec. 6, 2012
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