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June Bates
June 12, 1924 - Sept. 24, 2020
June Delores Nelson, second of four children born to George and Mayme (Byerly) Nelson, June 12, 1924 in Nampa, Idaho. She passed away at age 96 in Milwaukie, Ore., after spending most of her life in Sellwood. She attended Sellwood School and graduated from Commerce High School, then returned to her birthplace to attend Northwest Nazarene College.
During World War II she met her husband, Ronald Bates, where they both worked in the shipyards on Swan Island. Ron was a painter and June was a hod carrier. They married in 1945 and had four children. Dennis died in infancy in 1946. Following were Kathleen (Minor), Christine (Macca) and Judith (Mark Koehmstedt).
June was a stay-at-home mom to her three daughters. She lived in the same house for 50 years. Ron, who died in 1985, was an avid fisherman, so most of the family vacations involved boats and bodies of water. June was not really an outdoorswoman but she was a good sport about camping in the rain and cooking over a campfire. She did everything to make her children's lives secure and comfortable, including sewing many of their clothes. At family gatherings her pies and potato salad were prize winners.
True to her love of books, June worked for a number of years in the Beaverton School District as a Library Secretary. After retirement, in addition to reading several books each week, she played monthly Bunco with women from the neighborhood, some of whom remained her friends for years to come. Other decades long friendships started in a Sunday School class in her teen years at Moreland Church of the Nazarene. Another favorite pastime was working the daily crossword puzzle, in ink.
Highlights of her life were trips to Europe, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the South and the Eastern Seaboard and especially the Oregon Coast. Ron built a cabin in Cannon Beach in 1977 where many memorable family gatherings took place.
June was loved and will be missed by her three daughters; a son-in-law; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Peake Funeral Chapel. No service is planned currently.
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Published in The Oregonian from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2020.
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October 16, 2020
My Great Aunt June . Will be greatly missed She was a great lady
one of my favorite people growing up .
Scott Howard
October 14, 2020
I was granted the opportunity to finally meet you in 2019 and have a Christmas Gift Exchange. I remember how your face lit up when your gift was a card with little mini decorated ornaments, which was perfect for your little tree in your room. I was so honored to meet you and find out you are my aunt from my father's side of the family. I only learned about and met my family in early January of 2018. Thank you for the little time that we were able to share.
Georgia Bates
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