June 15, 1929 ~ February 2, 2011
June Elyse Weeks (nee Kessler)
June 15, 1929-February 2, 2011
Our beloved Junie passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. June was born in North Royalton, Ohio and moved to Southern California with her family in 1944, graduating from Inglewood High School, Class of 1947. June is survived by her four daughters: Christie Patterson King, Cindy Patterson Brown (Phillip), Lisa Wykoff Ryan and Shelley Weeks Barry (Douglas). June is also survived by her sister Lila (aka Bootz), brother John, nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. In addition, there are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a wealth of friends. June was a lady with a passion for life. She was an accomplished artist, with an innate gift for oil painting that she's shared with us through her myriad beautiful paintings. Her artistic flair shines through the many crafts she enjoyed, such as doll-making and calligraphy. She loved the arts, particularly movies, music, live performance (especially by Michael Crawford!), books, and poetry. A woman ahead of her time, in the early '50s June worked in aeronautics as an equal with men, raised her daughters as a single mother, and owned her own home and business. She was a role model to her daughters, nieces and nephews, showing us all that it was possible to realize any dream. She adored "Phantom of the Opera", having seen the stage play in Los Angeles fifteen times, give or take. Her musical tastes ranged from the classics (Beethoven) to opera (Pavarotti) to rock (Queen). She loved traveling, especially to England to visit her daughter (who married a Brit and moved across the Pond). But more than anything, she loved her family, and with us she has shared her heart, her generosity, her irrepressible wit, and her indomitable spirit. Services for June will take place at Green Hills Memorial Park on Monday, February 7th at 12:30 p.m. Afterward, her life will be celebrated at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. June loved flowers (the more colorful the better!), but donations to the Alzheimer's Association would be welcome.
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