June Girton

June Girton

June E. (Shipley) Girton of Versailles, KY, formerly of Martin, MI passed away Monday, September 12, 2011 in Lexington, KY due to complications from surgery. June was born in Grand Rapids, MI on June 9, 1927 to Raymond “Bill” and Esther (Baker) Newcomb. For 30 years June was a bus driver for Martin Public Schools. She had a great love for and was involved with pony and horse racing. She also enjoyed shopping, baking, playing cards, crafts and traveling to watch her horses race.

June was united in marriage in 1977 to John Girton, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Joan Hewitt; daughter, Terry Reynolds; step-son, Wilbur “Butch” Reynolds; step-daughter, Marlene Smith; and niece, Debbie Nelson.

Surviving are her longtime companion, Hal Hewitt; sister, Donna Harter; brother, Jim (Sue) Newcomb; step-children, Wayne (Doris) Reynolds, Ed (Beverly) Reynolds, Joe (Jenny) Roberts, John (Ann) Girton, Imajean LaFountain, Kathy Maher; aunt, Helen Baker; many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and close special friends.

Friends may visit with her family on Thursday from 2-4 and from 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where services will be held on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11a.m. with Rev. Patricia Catellier officiating. Burial will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of June may be made to the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Lisa Keene says:

    June was an important part of my life, a treasured friend, supporter, and confidante….and the greatest matron of honor one could ever have at a wedding. My family is thankful that she was a part o our lives. She continues to be loved and will be forever treasured in our hearts.

  2. Todd LaFountaine & Beth says:

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. June was a real sweetheart and special lady. Todd often talked about how June was his bus driver in Martin when he was in school. May all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

  3. Bill Keene says:

    We have all been blessed to have known June and for her to have touched our lives. She will always be in our hearts and never to be forgotten. I know there is a special place in Heaven for such a wonderful giving person as June.

  4. pat dunn says:

    Hi June:

    How I am going to miss our morning MSN conversations.
    I also am going to miss your story telling emails.
    OMG June, you were so positive going into surgery.
    I feel so blessed to have had you in my life, even though it was for only a few years. I knew June the moment we met at Mohawk Racetrack that we were instant friends for life.
    You were so nice, so full of fun and so caring of Hal,your family and you friends.
    I sure hope Hal now will buy no iron shirts.
    I love you girl
    may you rest in peace

  5. NORMAN JONES says:

    June was always a friend with many of us involved with racing.She always had a smile for everyone. I know she will be missed. My condolenses go out to Hal and the rest of her family.

  6. Dave and Bonnie Rings says:

    Met June several years ago at Lake Cumberland! Great lady! She touched our lives. Made us smile. I am sure it is a hard time for her family but also know the memories you have with her will get you through until we see her again in Heaven. God be with you all and especially with Hal! Love you, Hal! May she rest in peace!

  7. Joan&Tom Messner says:

    Met June at the Red Mile .What great friends of ours June&Hal are.June&Arlene kept me in snacks.What a GREAT lady,but she is in Heaven and watching over us.Hal,Our prayers are with you and I
    cherish our friendship with you.June,rest in peace.

  8. Doris and Bob Griffith says:

    June was such a dear and special friend….. a beautiful person who did so much for others all her life. We will always appreciate her thoughtfulness and kind deeds.
    She was fun with her good sense of humor, always a pleasure to be around. …we thank God He blessed our lives with June.
    Goodnight, Sweet Princess……may the agels fly with you to Heaven.

  9. Ruth and Joe Doll says:

    Dear June-
    After lonely heartaches and many silent tears, you will leave us a beautiful memory. You will be missed by so many friends – known affectionately as “The Party Planner”.

    We pray for the repose of the soul of our departed friend – leaving us to cherish her memory.

    Our loving sympathy to Hal and June’s family.

  10. Roger & Gloria Brainard says:

    To Jim, Sue and to all the Newcomb family. We are so sorry to hear about June. You all are in our thoughts and prayers May God Bless you all. Just remember all the good memories you have of June and how she touched your hearts that will help you get through all the troubled times. May God Bless.

  11. Doug Bartley says:

    We will really miss June. She was our (Lisa Keene) Matron of Honor at our wedding. Found that our roots were deeply set in Michigan – birthdays both in the month of June just seven days apart – the “fab five” of us in “our gang” with birthdays in June always made for a “big splash” with a big dinner out and a bunch of b-day cards exchanged – which she always headed up. Always solid, sensitive, and sensible she was and such a good friend to so many. With so much “fortitude” most of us figured she would come through this as she did with previous problems. All those years of fighting the good fight – it was not to be this time – the moment in life that is the most difficult. She was so loved. God Bless.

  12. Lynne Boss Fahrne says:

    To June’s Family
    I’m very sorry for your loss. When I seen June she was always a happy person. Always smiling,always laughing. I always use to ask her.How she could still be sane after being a bus driver? June would just look at me and laugh. That would make me laugh too. Heaven surely got a sweet Angel. May God bless you with comfort, peace, guidence, and love.

  13. SS says:

    I remember, in high school, June as the bus driver we all wanted to drive us to away games. She always greeted us with a smile and got us to our games safely & quickly!!!

    I would see June at some of the fairs watching the horse races and she would ask how the summer was going.

    Condolences to her family & friends.

  14. karen cole white says:

    Even if we moved hundreds of miles apart, we were still the best of friends. I am going to miss Junes on-line humor and jokes. She will always be remembered in my heart as she has been for the last 25 years. May God bless Hal and the family

  15. Carol Harwood says:

    I met June back in the 90’s she and her husband were coming to
    Moline senior lunches, and she was one of my favorites!! and then we reconnected via emails.. she was the sweetest soul!I
    I will miss her even if we havent seen each other in years..
    just got the terrible news yesterday and still shocked, June was one that should of lived forever. she never met anyone she didnt like!
    Carol Harwood

  16. Bev McIntosh Snobelen says:

    Dear Hal and family: I was blessed to have met you and June in recent years. June was an instant friend and I always enjoyed the fun times at the Little Brown Jug sitting next to both of you. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of her.

  17. Kelley DePauw (Ayers) says:

    June was married for years to my uncle (Bob Shipley) She was always like a “true” aunt to me, not just by marriage. She was so loving and caring, I remember her being there for our family when my dad died and gave me her support in her soft spoken, kind words. I also remember going to the races with them when I was young, she loved her horses!
    My heart goes out to all of the family, you are in our prayers. June will be a happy face in our memories forever.

  18. Kelly says:

    Donna, Bob, Bonnie, Chas & Jess

    Sorry for the loss of your dear sister & aunt! Our deepest sympathy’s to you!!! Justin & Kelly

  19. Ally Newcomb says:

    My Aunt June was a very special woman. I will miss her very much. I was only 12 when she passed. It was only 3 weeks before my 13th birthday. I wish she could of seen me turn into a young lady. I think about her all the time. She is always on my mind. I love you Aunt June!! <3

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