June Elizabeth Patton
June was born in San
Jose on July 19, 1920 to John and Lillian Woodward. She grew up in
San Jose and married Ben Patton April 16, 1938. They had three
daughters, Joan Gear, Ginger Anderson and Linda Gustafson
While living in San
Jose she was a housewife and mother. She was very involved in all
her daughters’ lives through the years.
In 1959 they moved
to Eureka to run a business called McBride Motors and she worked in
She was blessed with
five grandchildren – Sheri Gear, Mark Anderson, Dianne Gear, Lynn
Porter and Darin Gustafson. She was a very loving grandmother and
enjoyed spending time with them.
She and Ben retired
to Myers Flat, but were flooded out of their property there and moved
volunteering at the Burlington Park Visitor Center when Ben passed
away in 1985 and it became her home away from home. She was there six days a week only because she had to do her shopping and get her hair
done on Fridays. She put in just over 17,000 volunteer hours.
She had many friends
from that experience — workers, volunteers and rangers. There
wasn’t a person she met that she didn’t like. Most friends
became family. She had many “adopted” daughters through the
years which were friends of her daughters.
She would keep a
little notebook at the Center and ask visitors their names and where
they were from.
She moved to Sequoia
Springs in 2017 and continued to thrive, making many new friends, and
old friends came to visit her regularly. She knew all the employees
there and would always make sure she knew their names and asked them
about their families.
She just turned 100
on July 19 and because of the coronvirus was unable to have a big
celebration, but a drive through was planned by her favorite ranger,
Alan. He had fire trucks drive by and many friends drove through and
it just made her day so special. Her favorite Smokey the Bear showed
up in a fire truck too. He showed up a many events for her over the
years. She will be missed by many.
In our current
situation with the Covid-19 virus we will not be having a service at
They are going to dedicate the theater room at the Visitor Center in her name in September. Donations may be made in her name to the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association, which runs the Visitor Center. The address is HRIA, P. O. Box 276, Weott, CA.
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