On September 6, 2019, my husband’s Aunt June turned 100 years old. She has outlived all her siblings now, yet she is not alone. We live very close by, though she is in a nursing home, and we pick her up for church, then she comes to our house afterwards for lunch with Allen’s 93 year old dad and we have a great time visiting and catching up with the news events of the community and family.
She also has nieces and nephews who adore her and stay as active as they can from a long distance. For her open house type birthday party we held for her, they came from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and far eastern Missouri. Over 80 people came to visit and she was animated and the life of the party. June thrives amongst people and activity and she was still talking about it when Allen arrived back to the nursing home with her about 10pm. Not surprisingly, she was so exhausted, that the next morning, she couldn’t be roused for church. What a wonderful and exciting day for her.
I decorated her home (where we held the party) with treasures she had from her past. Daughter, Jessica, before she left for teaching in Hanoi, Vietnam helped me with the travel display (June and her late husband, Bill, escorted tour groups all over the world from the late 70s through to early 90s (he passed away in fall of 1991), then she continued until she was 85!) and also found this lovely quilt pictured below. We were so excited! So i figured a way to display it for the party.
The quilt, as the sign says, was completed in 1946 and given to her and Bill as a wedding gift. It features all of the extension clubs in the county as of that time along with all the members’ signatures embroidered. What a thoughtful and clever gift. Only one person of those listed on the quilt is still alive – Martha Murrell – who now lives in the same nursing home as June and just across the hall from one another.
June Lamme has been so important in our lives and our children’s lives, we are thankful for the opportunity to support her now.