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Notes for Wilma June VAN GUNDY


As a youngster, the family called her "Maggot" because she nearly drowned when she fell into the outdoor privy.

During high school, she missed several months of school because of a basketball injury while her brother, Jack, was double promoted. This caused them to graduate the same year, June at mid-term, Jack in the spring of 1946.

Later, after having a family, she decided she also needed a career. She received a practical nursing scholarship from the Mattoon Jaycee-ettes and graduated from nursing school in June 1965. She worked several years with Drs Otto and Anna Weiss and then went on to private duty nursing.

Some insight into June and Earl's personalities may be gained by the following story as related by her sister, Dorisgene:

"One year while we lived in the country at Neoga, we had a party...even had a band. It was getting late in the evening and Earl wanted to go home but June wasn't ready to leave. Later he reitereated the wish but again, June wouldn't. Finally, he said, 'OK, I'll just walk home!' We all thought, sure he will, it's 13 miles to town and another 3 to their house! Well, there goes Abie down the lane....and he didn't come back! We all tried to give him a lift, even the sheriff tried as he passed by. Abie's response was, 'No!! I said I'm walking home, and I'm walking home!' The next morning when we checked on both of them, Abie had stopped at the railroad shop (where he worked) to rest, and June was home asleep! No one ever questioned whether Abie could walk home again."

As June's niece and nephew, we spent some quality time with June and Earl and found June to be a quick wit, kept us in constant laughter. We even took them with us on a week-end trip and had the best time ever. (Jane and Dale Van Gundy)

She had lived the last of her years at Palm Terrace Nursing Home in Mattoon, IL.

The funeral was held on Saturday morning at the Immaculate Conception Church with Rev Herman Niebrugge officiating. Pallbearers were grandson Derek Fitt and nephews: Mack, Van and Matt Webb, Harold Van Gundy and Stan Parkison. Honorary pallbearer was nephew Steve Henderson. Niece Meredith Webb gave a reading for the ceremony.
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