June C. McGill passed away Nov. 18, 2013 in Glendale, Ariz. Born Clara June Collins on Feb. 22, 1924, in Phoenix, June was preceded in death by her brother Stephen R. Collins and her son Brian McGill.
She is survived by her brother Robert Collins of Phoenix, sons David and Lyle McGill of Wikieup, Ariz., daughter Robyn (Bud) Cassidy of Kodiak, grandson David McGill, Jr. of Haughton, La., granddaughters Kiva Auten of Houghton, WI, Lindsey Cassidy of Kodiak, Molly (Elliot) Johnson of Anacortes, Wash., Kelly Cassidy of Sacramento, Calif., and great-grandson David McGill III of Haughton.
June grew up on a 40-acre ranch in West Phoenix, graduating valedictorian of Washington Elementary in 1938 and valedictorian of Glendale High School in Spring 1942.
After one year at the University of Arizona in Tucson, she married and returned to Glendale where she was a homemaker on the McGill Ranch. When her youngest began school in 1960, she went to work as the school secretary at Unit 4 Elementary in the Glendale School District and resumed working toward her elementary education degree, graduating from Grand Canyon College.
After a brief visit with her brother Steve to Kodiak in summer 1968, she returned to Phoenix, squeezed her belongings into a U-Haul trailer and drove to Homer in five days to catch the Tustumena for Kodiak and a teaching position with the KIBSD.
June taught second and third grades at Main Elementary until she retired in the mid-1980s. A lifetime learner herself, she made good use of her daughter's airline passes and spent many summers at Oxford University, taking courses in education and other topics of interest, including Shakespeare.
A member of numerous organizations, June was most proud of her work with the Kodiak Arts Council and Jerry Wilson's traveling troupe, venturing around and off island with their plays, as well as being an annual cast member of the Cry of the Wild Ram.
June often said that with all of her years in the classroom, she knew how to project her voice on stage, and she was right!
June's health forced her back to the warm, dry desert of Arizona, returning to Kodiak in the summers to reclaim her chair at numerous bridge tables and to dote on her granddaughters. She will be missed.
June's friends, co-workers and students are invited to attend a celebration of her life at the Cassidys in Kodiak on Dec. 28, details to follow. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 2411, Kodiak AK 99615.