June received her degree in nursing from the University of Alberta in Canada, and her BA degree from Queen's University. She met her future husband, Alan Jennings Chen, during her studies, and they were married on Aug. 15, 1971, in Columbia. She was an active member of the Pleasant Grove Church, a board member and Sunday school church teacher. She worked in Dr. Chen's office off and on from the time he started his practice in 1975. In Dexter she worked as nurse, secretary, and maintained the environment whenever needed, but mainly she served as the office manager. June was very active in the community, especially in the Altrusa Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the Regional Healthcare Foundation's Mother-to-Mother program.
Some little known facts about June: She hated her smile. She loved telling the story about how she and Alan became a couple. She was an expert seamstress. She loved gardening. She loved light, pastel colors, and roses. She had a soft spot in her heart for those in need, people and animals, who occasionally showed up on her doorstep.
June is survived by her mother, her husband, her two children, Wendy June Chen, of Houston, Texas, and Lyndon Murray Chen, of Rolla, as well as her brother, Robert Murray, and her sister, Elaine Rawluk, both of Edmonton and her nephews David Murray, Clinton Rawluk, Andrew Rawluk, and James Rawluk all of Edmonton, AB.
Because helping people, especially those in need was so important to June, we ask that instead of flowers a donation be made in her name to one of the following:
Susan G. Komen - Breast Cancer Research, Website ww5.komen.org, click on donate; BRAVE - Bootheel Regional Anti-Violence Experiment. Another choice is Battered Women's shelter sponsored by DAEOC. Contact: Paula Kinchen (573) 276-2815. A third choice would be Mother to Mother sponsored by Healthcare Foundation, Program to help teenage mothers (573) 624-1607.
The memorial service will be held at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, receiving visitors at 10 a.m. Service will be at 11 a.m. People are encouraged to bring written or video clips of memories of June for her future grandchildren.