June Leone McDonald

Jun 9, 1943 - May 9, 2007
A private family memorial service for June Leone McDonald, 63, will be held at a later date.

Mrs. McDonald died on Wednesday, May 8, 2007, at Riverton Memorial Hospital.

June Leone Dickins was born on June 9, 1943, in Patterson, N.J., to Jay Marshall Dickins and Olive Matilda (Bradervalt) Dickins. Her family moved to Pascagoula, Miss., when she was six years old. Her father worked at Ingles Shipyard there. She attended elementary and high school and one year of college.

Her family recalls that she wanted to see the world and joined the U.S. Navy. She went to boot camp at Bainbridge, Maryland, and later transferred to San Diego Naval Station in California as a postal Clerk.

She met her future husband, Ron, on a trip to Disneyland on a Navy Night. They were engaged at La Jolla, Calif., for 13 months as he was transferred to Morocco soon after, for an unaccompanied tour at a communication station. They were married on Fathers' Day, June 19, 1966, at the Naval Chapel in San Diego and went on their honeymoon in Northern Wisconsin.

Their son Mike was born a year later and he too, went in the Navy for eight years. Mrs. McDonald moved with her husband all over the country with the Navy and the Veterans Administration.

Mrs. McDonald worked for a while as a seamstress at the VA Center in Battle Creek, Mich., and Batavia, N.Y. She had also worked at a fabric store in Battle Creek.

Her family said Mrs. McDonald's hobbies and crafts were numerous, including bead work, sewing, crocheting and others.

She was preceded in death by her brother in 1987, and her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Ron; son, Michael in Maine; a younger sister in Mississippi.

On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.