Mrs. June K. Minturn
- June 5, 1918 - August 12, 2012
- Hillsboro, Oregon
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June Margaret Keyes Minturn
June Minturn was born on June 5, 1918 in Mitchell Oregon. Her maiden name was Keyes. She married Howard Brigham Minturn on August 31, 1940. He preceded her in death in 1972. Survivors include her son, Eric Minturn of Cincinnati, Ohio, her daughter, Darby Minturn, of Merced, California, her son Neil Minturn, of Columbia, Missouri, her daughter, Laurie Thomason in Beaverton, Oregon, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
June K Minturn Biography
June Keyes, the fifth of six children, was born on June 5, 1918 in Mitchell, Oregon. She attended Stayton High School and graduated class salutatorian . Although she never attended college, she made sure that her four children all had the opportunity that she gave up to raise a family.
June married Howard Minturn at the age of 22 on August 31, 1940 in Vancouver, WA. They met while both were working for the city of Vancouver and it is a little known fact that June Drive in Vancouver is named after her. They started their family in Vancouver, WA in 1944 with the birth of their first child, Eric. A second child, Darby came along and they then moved to Los Angeles. Howard's job took them all over the United States and their third child, Neil was born in Baltimore, Maryland while their fourth child, Laurie was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Although they moved several times in their marriage, June was a proud member of the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers (SDOP). She made sure that her four children were also recognized in this organization. Just last year, they awarded her a lifetime membership.
In addition to her membership on the SDOP, June was an avid member of other organizations, such as Garden Club in Marietta, Ohio and PEO. As a Garden Club member, June also got involved in flower arranging and won several awards in the Washington County Fair. She joined, PEO on January 23, 1968. June loved hosting PEO meetings at her house on a regular basis and held almost every office in the Chapter, including President.
June was always the glue that held her family together. While Howard drove two hours to get to work (so the children could be in a good school district), June stayed home and managed a busy household for four children. She made sure all four attended church every Sunday and supported the extracurricular school activities. After the death of her husband in 1972, June once again stepped up to the plate and worked to make a home for her two children still at home.
She eventually moved them from Ohio to Oregon, no easy feat, and lived her life out in her home state of Oregon.
The family suggests memorial be contributed to St. Jude Children's Hospital at
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