June Louise (Wilde) Rolfe, 95, peacefully passed away at The Springs Assisted Living facility in The Dalles, Ore.
She was born June 22, 1922, in The Dalles, the only child of George and Fern (Wegener) Wilde. She grew up and attended schools in Wasco, Ore. graduating as class valedictorian in 1940.
She was always proud of being Sherman County’s first fair queen. She worked for the Ag County Agent in Moro, Ore., until eloping to Great Lakes Naval Station to marry Willard “Bill” Rolfe in 1942.
When Bill went overseas she moved back to Portland, Ore., where she lived with her mother and had their first child.
At the end of WWII, Bill and June moved to the family ranch in Grass Valley where they raised wheat, cattle, and their children.
June was involved in The Rebekah’s, Scouts and 4-H. In 1966 they purchased their first purebred Angus cattle and exhibited at local, regional and national shows.
In 1980 they moved to “town” overlooking Grass Valley, Ore., where they set up a new household and beautiful garden, having at one time over 150 roses. June loved her flowers and could be found most days on her hands and knees working in her yard. She continued to mow her own lawn and purchased new geraniums and petunias each spring.
June and Bill renewed their wedding vows on their 60th anniversary at the Moro church. Bill passed in August 2007, but June didn’t want to leave the home and garden where they had worked and enjoyed so much time together. When her health required it, June moved to The Springs at Mill Creek in October 2015, where she made many new friends and renewed old acquaintances. She was in great care and comfort thanks to the staff at The Springs and the wonderful help of Heart of Hospice.
June is survived by sons, Daniel, Steve (Helen), Fred (Nancy), and daughter, Sheri (Gary) Carlson; grandchildren Laura, Danny, Andrea, Chris, Jeremy, GeGe, John, Billi, Megan and Tom; 13 great grandchildren: Owen, Juliette, Nicholas, Halle, Josiah, Dallas, Ashley, Jaydon, Will, Micaela, Magdalena, Leslie and Benjamin; great-great granddaughter Ryen.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, her parents, and daughter “Kit”.
A celebration of life will be held May 12, 3 p.m., at the Grass Valley Pavilion.
Please join the family for dessert and the sharing of good memories of June.
Memorial donations may be made in June’s name to the Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration Fund.
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