SUN CITY - On Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, June Shirley Brannen was met by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and welcomed into the Kingdom of God after passing away peacefully in her sleep, while visiting relatives (including her newest niece, Mackenzie, born May 7, 2016) in Escondido, Calif. Born Feb. 10, 1928 in Meriden, Conn., June was preceded in death by her husband, William (Sr.); mother and father, Frank and Mildred Willow; her brother, Richard; and sisters, Alice and Joan. She is survived by her sons, William (Jr.) (De Laine), David, Robert (Denise), Kevin and Gary; five grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. Although born and raised a New Englander, June fell in love with the American southwest with its mostly ideal weather, culture, food and art. Her home is adorned with southwest colors and Native American art, including several prints by her favorite artist Ettore De Grazia, and dozens! of Kokopelli and Kachina figures. June was very active with the Beta Sigma Phi International, having been a member of the sorority for more than 30 years. She loved watching NASCAR and actually rode in a race car at the Phoenix International Raceway in 2013. With five sons to raise, she had an active role supporting the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, and was honored for her efforts by receiving several local and national awards. In the early 2000s, she worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks and was fortunate to be part of their 2001 World Series Championship. Always striving to learn, June attended several community colleges in California and Arizona, ultimately receiving her Associates degree from Glendale Community College in 1985. June loved traveling, particularly cruises, and had been around the world twice. The grave site service was held Saturday, Aug. 26, 2016 at the Resthaven Park Cemetery West at 6450 W. Northern Ave in Glendale. A memorial service and pot luck reception was on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 at the Lakeview Recreation Center, 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd. in Sun City. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the American Heart Association.
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