June Blanton “never knew a stranger”, so stated her father when she was but a young girl.
Her life of 96 years bore witness to that everywhere she went. With her perpetual smile and outgoing personality June easily and quickly turned strangers into friends. She and husband Ray Brummett had three children: Linda, Bobby and Janie; seven grand children and nine great grand children.
They were married in 1936 in Corbin, KY where they were born and grew up. Ray’s career as a steam pipe fitter took them to reside in Louisville, and Knoxville TN. While in the latter, Ray worked in nearby Oak Ridge, the “Atomic City”, and their first child, Linda was born. . In the early-50’s, while living in Cincinnati, they made the courageous decision to “pull up stakes” and move to Glendora, California with their three young children where they lived successfully and happily while their kids went through school and married. Later they lived in Huntington Bech before settling in Hemet.
Ray died in 1990 at the age of 75, after a good life as a loving husband ,caring father, and churchman.June continued to reside in Hemet CA, for a number years. where she was the “hub” around which her large family revolved. In1999 she moved to Florida and married a life-long friend, Earl Blanton. Earl had lost his wife, Georgia Lee, who was June’s 1st cousin!
After Earl died in 2010, June returned to California and lived in a retirement facility, Park Terrace, in Rancho Santa Margarita, where her younger brother Jack also resided. Her other brother Phil and wife Bev were residents of that city..
She had a happy and fulfilling experience there for about 4 years. After a brief illness, June died in September of 2014. She had been at Park Terrace for less than a year when she was awarded the “Resident Making a Difference Award” and was featured in the Park Terrace Newsletter. Under her photo was this tribute in part that captured the essence of June’s life: “As a community ‘bridge builder’ June is a person who people are drawn to because of her positive attitude and caring personality. She was always very thoughtful about her interactions with other residents.”
This spirit is her legacy:
-- for wherever there is a bright welcoming smile, June is there
-- wherever there is genuine caring, June is there
-- wherever there genuine community of acceptance and inclusiveness, June is there!
-- AMEN - Phil Peace