June 17, 1922 – June 9, 2022
Meetings, whether on weekends or school week, were always at June’s house. Throughout their middle school, high school and college years, her three children’s friends gravitated there, felt accepted there and got to know her as a second mother. Many of these men, now grandparents, have approached the family to express their condolences and express the affection with which they keep these memories. One of June’s greatest gifts, and a lasting legacy, was her ability to create a family through the love and acceptance of all people. She lived life grateful for her blessings and believing that giving back is her greatest privilege.
June was born to Roland and Blanche Page Shugg on June 17, 1922, in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. She was a person who valued humility and rarely spoke of her early years on the East Coast, where the Page grandparents took them to Manhattan to shop for Christmas clothes every Easter and to her Long Island summer home for vacations. the holidays. Summers were also spent off the coast of Maine; she all her life spoke fondly of Maine and delicious Maine lobster. She and her three younger sisters, Blanche, Frances and Patricia, grew up on US Army bases on the East Coast and in the South, where her father, a West Point graduate, was stationed; they were, he often said, army brats.
June graduated from Lawton High School. Lawton, Okla., when the family was back in Ft. Threshold. In her senior year, she was the top-ranked chemistry student in her class, in an era when most women shunned chemistry and science.
He attended four different colleges in four years during World War II. She spent her junior year at George Washington University in Washington DC, where she and President Truman’s then-daughter Margaret were classmates, sometimes sitting next to each other in class. She joined the Chi Omega sorority and passionately served as an alumni advisor until the last years of her life. Her lifelong relationships with Ella Chi O’ sisters were one of the greatest joys of her life.
When his father was sent to Camp Adair in the early days of World War II, the family moved to Corvallis. June graduated from OSC, now OSU, with a degree in education, and was a student teacher at Albany. Shugg’s house was near the home of William Woodcock’s family. They met, married, and had three sons, William Jr., Roland, and Richard.
June became a young widow when William Sr. died suddenly in 1959. Her focus and commitment then turned to raising her three children as a single mother, through high school, high school and college. During this time, she worked in the office of Truax Oil, Inc., where she continued her employment for over 20 years. She was a regular customer of Viola’s beauty salon, where her genuine interest in everyone’s life was evident to everyone who went there.
When she finally had an empty nest, with nearly half her life still ahead of her, June met and married Ralph Carter. Many happy years were spent enjoying community and family, which now included the Carters, Joe and Alice, the next generation of grandchildren and eventually great-grandchildren. To all of them, she was a loving and devoted grandmother. When Ralph retired from teaching, they traveled extensively, internationally and frequently.
June spent her final years at Timberhill Place Assisted Living in Corvallis. She made many new friends among the other residents and her wonderful staff. She continued her correspondence with friends across the country, her involvement with Chi Omega, and her active and ongoing involvement with Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Corvallis. What she really missed was baking for family and friends and hosting holiday meals.
June passed peacefully and painlessly, with her family by her side, on June 9, 2022, eight days shy of her hundredth birthday. Most likely, her last earthly words were Thank You. She is survived by her younger sister Frances, her three sons William Jr., Roland and Richard, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life. If you’d like to be kept informed as plans become certain, please email [email protected]