June Perkins 1925-2018
June was born on June 27, 1925, and raised by her loving parents, Jess and Huldina Moyer, in Emmett, Idaho. She was the second of six children and worked hard helping her mother raise her siblings during the Depression. As soon as she graduated from high school, she headed to Seattle as World War II was upon the United States. Her initial service was as a Rosie the Riveter working for Boeing building fighter planes. She eventually became a secretary, a profession she found more to her liking.
After the war ended, June remained in Seattle where she met her future husband, Robert Perkins, who was home from the war. Their first meeting was on a blind date. They fell in love, married, and returned to Chewelah where Robert had been raised. Their first child, Michael, arrived, and a year later their daughter, Judith, was born. The family moved back to Seattle for a short while but soon returned to Chewelah where a third child, Patricia, was born.
June was a wonderful homemaker, devoted mother and also donated her time as a Cub Scout leader and den mother to many Chewelah boys. She loved to cook and bake; her family and friends recall her creative meals and amazing desserts. She was also a great seamstress and made all of her girls’ clothing. Eventually, she entered the workforce first as a secretary for Salsbury Insurance and then as a bookkeeper for three consecutive John Deere dealerships.
She and Robert lived on the Perkins’ family homestead in the Cottonwood area where four romping grandchildren enjoyed the freedom of the great outdoors and spending time with their grandma and grandpa. After Robert’s passing in 2002, June moved to Chewelah where she spent the remaining years of her life enjoying her friends, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the ever present “granddogs.”
June is survived by her sisters, Faye Howell and Pauline Yunker (Warren), and a brother Paul Moyer, all of whom reside in Emmett, Idaho, her son, Mike Perkins (Judi), her daughters Judith Hoel (Alfred Reiner) and Patricia Kaiser (Tim) all of whom have never left Chewelah, much to her delight. She will also be remembered by four grandchildren, Chris and Robbie Hoel, and Janelle Geer and Deanne Gatfield, and five great grandchildren, Nells and Kellan Hoel, Mykalah and Michelle Geer, and Destry Gatfield. June had numerous nieces and nephews both in Chewelah and Emmett. She was blessed to have the friendship and support of Joanne Sweat, her caregiver of three years, and for a short time, Martha Frizzell.
A memorial service and celebration of life for June will be held in the spring. She was dearly loved by her family and friends and enjoyed the comfort of her faith throughout her long life of 93 years. She is now home with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.