Born in 1951, she grew up in Ravensthorpe but sadly her childhood was an unhappy one. She suffered horrific physical and sexual abuse at home and was bullied at school. This destroyed her self-esteem but, much more positively, it instilled in her a deep love for children and young people. She was determined to be a positive influence on children and over the years encountered hundreds of children in and around Mirfield.
She worked at a school for children with special needs and later set up a Mother and Toddler Club in Mirfield which she ran for over ten years. For many years, she had her heart set on working abroad and in 2006 travelled to Esmeraldas in Ecuador with the Salvation Army. There she spent several months volunteering with young children and their families where her infectious warmth and generosity shone through despite her learning Spanish as she went.
June was a natural people person who was very sociable and with a lovely sense of humour. Her family and friends also remember her for her devotion to her children and grandchildren and we hope that you have captured a sense of what a special lady she was.