TUALATIN, Ore. — June passed away peacefully at home in Tualatin at the age of 94.
She was born in Livingston and grew up on a sheep ranch in Sweet Grass County near Big Timber. She graduated from Billings Normal School in 1939 and from Eastern Montana College in 1966. In 1945, she married Ashley Vezey and moved to a farm near Boyd.
She received a Life Teaching Certificate on Aug. 1, 1944. Her teaching career started at Duck Creek School, a one-room school where she taught grades one through eight. June taught at schools in Columbus, Harlowton, Roberts, Rockvale and Moore before retiring from the Billings School District in 1974. Learning and education always played an important part in her life. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers, University Women, Sons of Norway, and the First United Methodist Church in Billings. After retiring, she volunteered for 19 years at St. Vincent's Hospital. She also started writing and had several articles and poetry published. She belonged to several bridge clubs. She enjoyed traveling, reading, writing and playing cards.
In 2001 she moved to Wilsonville, Ore., to live near her children. There she enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow into young adults. She attended soccer and basketball games, birthday parties, music recitals, watched NASCAR races and lived to see her youngest grandchild graduate from high school.
She is survived by her children, Cheryl Vezey, Tigard, Ore., Nancy Vezey and husband, Greg Schwenke, Tualatin, and James Vezey, Dundee, Ore.; grandchildren Erik and Lindsey Schwenke, Tualatin. She is also survived by special friends Alice Estes, Georganne Dorr and Bill Jamison. Max Groetsch and his family from Germany became a special part of the family this past year.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Tina Johnson, and sisters Olga and Georgia Johnson.
A memorial service is scheduled for Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Tualatin Heritiage Center. Cremation has taken place.
Memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church, MSU Billings Scholarship Fund, Montana Rescue Mission, or a charity of your choice.
Please sign the online guest book at www.ANewTradition.com.