My Sister, June

After a two week illness, my sister, June passed away Saturday evening.  Today, I’m sharing some of my memories of her.

She was 16 when I was born.

dianne and june 10-15-2010 2-43-39 PM

She married at a young age, and was a mom herself by the time I was two-and-a-half.  Because of our age difference, in my childhood memories, she was my mom’s “generation”, and her children seemed more like my siblings.

My niece, Barb, and me

My youngest niece, Barb, and me

She encouraged me to read and helped me with school projects. She knitted sweaters for me, and, with the leftover yarn, knitted matching coats for my Barbies.

Summers meant days spent at her house, us children playing outside while she and my mom visited.  Thanksgivings and Christmases were celebrated there, too.

When I was a teenager, she made a pantsuit with a Nehru jacket for me. (Is that telling my age?) And later, at my request, a red velvet cape (don’t judge).

As the years passed, our age difference mattered less and less, and our sisterly relationship developed. Although our views on everything weren’t always the same, I always knew she “had my back”, and would be there for me if I needed her.

I’ll miss our daily emails, and her sweet comments on my Facebook and blog posts.

db june-2

Since news of her passing, I have been overwhelmed with all the heartfelt comments from my friends, my blogging friends on Facebook, as well as June’s online friends in her knitting forums.

She obviously touched many lives, including mine….right from the beginning.

The next few days will be busy ones, so this will be my only blog post this week.

~These Days Of Mine~

42 responses to “My Sister, June

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this news, Dianna. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a beautiful photo of you and June.

  2. Marilyn Myers

    Thinking of you and praying for you Dianna. What a wonderful tribute to June. Having older siblings too, I understand how the relationship changes from not really knowing them (or in my case – the pesky sister!) to that wonderful sisterly bond.
    ♥♥ Marilyn

  3. Lovely post Dianne. I’m thinking about you this week.

  4. Lovely memories and beautiful photos………I always enjoyed her comments on Sammy’s blog too. I’m so sorry for this sad loss in your family Dianna. Sending hugs to all of you…………..


  5. Brenda Hodgson

    Continued prayers for you and your family. Hugs.

  6. condolences to you and your family, she will be missed by so many people, she was such a lovely lady. x

  7. Susan Smelser

    Oh, Sweet June. May you be at peace. No more pain. Happiness, beauty and butterflies.
    We will all miss your comments.

  8. I’m so sorry to hear this news. You and your family will be in my thoughts this week. Hugs, sweet friend.

  9. Beautiful memorial to Mama. Thank you for being at the hospital in her last days. I know Mama loved you, JR, and Marshall very much. She always looked forward to our lunch visits.

  10. I’m so sorry. I nearly lost my sissy 2 months ago and my heart lurched when I read this news. Prayers for you and all of your family for peace and comfort in the sad days to come. ((hugs)) MJ

  11. I loved reading some of your memories. The red velvet cape and nehru jacket sounded perfect…..for the time. 🙂 Thinking of you this week as you celebrate her life and remember her wonderful life. Blessings and hugs.

  12. Oh Dianna, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Please know you’re in my prayers. These memories of your sister that you’ve put down into words are a treasure for you. I especially identified with the things your sister made for you. My oldest sister (12 yrs older than me) also made me clothing back in the day. Bell bottom pants and a bolero jacket is one outfit that stands out in my mind. Sending you love & hugs!

  13. Tears in my eyes for you and your family today. What loving, wonderful memory pictures you shared. In my heart and prayers.

  14. What a beautiful tribute to June. She will be missed. Thinking of you with love.

  15. I am truly sorry for your loss…I remember her, her husband, and kids when I worked at Colonial Store…I remember when they lived in the big old farmhouse (now gone) just past Milton James and before getting to Garland’s house. Prayers to you.

  16. I knew you would find the strength to write something about your big sister, and this is beautiful. It captures perfectly the relationship you had with a sister that was much older so that she wore many hats growing up. ( I liked the left over material used for Barbie clothes). I had just gotten to know June, but her character and sense of humor were strong in her Facebook retorts. As a matter of fact, you and I had just had a nice conversation about your sister June. A terrible loss to loose a sister, a wonderful loving tribute any family can be proud of, just like I know June was proud of her beautiful baby sister Dianna. Most sincere condolences on your family’s loss.

  17. So sorry for your loss. June was a wonderful sweet soul and she will be missed by many. She introduced many of us to your blog and I love following your posts, especially the horses. She spoke of her family and bragged on you all often, sharing her love for all of you with all of us. Prayers and hugs for all of you.

  18. Sad news. Condolences on your loss.

  19. I’m so sorry to hear of June’s passing, she was such a wonderful woman. Such a lovely tribute you have posted. My condolences to your family.

  20. Such sad news, You are in our prayers during this difficult time in the loss of your sister June. Words are never adequate in moments like these. I will say though, that my heart go out to you. I send you Love and Strength.
    Nellie’s Mom

  21. So many memories… I’ve been thinking of the times we went to the movies..
    & I remember spending time at her townhouse in Newport News.
    She encouraged me to read, too – and I remember how involved she was at the library..
    She will be missed – this is a very nice tribute to her.

  22. A beautiful woman and tribute to her. This reminds me of a Nehru shirt I had, it was a favorite. I know you rocked that red cape.

  23. Thanks for sharing such wonderful memories with all of us. She looked stunning at your wedding. She was an incredible lady who cherished family and friends alike. She will be missed, but not forgotten.
    KTP friend

  24. Sorry to hear of your loss. I know to willbe missing her for a long time.

  25. Diahann, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of a dear and precious sister. Today I was scheduling my post for August. I like to do a monthly calendar. I noticed there is a day for sisters, although I don’t have one, I am one. I made a mention about my two brothers and how they are always there for me.
    Your sister sounds like a treasure and so wonderful you had her to design and make such wonderful (and in style at the time) clothes. I liked the red velvet cape, the nehru collar and your photo graph together, Diahann. Take care and hope you have comfort from such special memories, her loss will go on forever. Hugs, Robin

  26. So sorry for the loss of your sister, Dianna.

  27. So sorry for loss. Even though we never met, through KTP she became so real to me. Her kind and caring words were always there for all of us. KTP Spider

  28. So sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathies to you and her family. I only knew June through our connection on Knitting Paradise but it was always a pleasure to read her posts. She will be missed.

  29. So sorry Dianna… I truly enjoyed her comments on your blog posts. She had a most wonderful smile.

  30. I am so sorry to hear your sad news. May you always have those wonderful memories of your sister.

  31. Shirley (Designer1234)

    I am a member of June’s Knitting Paradise Tea Party and she was so loved by us all. I wanted you to know how proud she was of you. We saw so many of your wonderful photos . She was kind and there is a huge hole in the tea party since we heard that she was gone. We only knew her on line but she contributed so much to our lives. Kind thoughts to the family.

  32. June had a beautiful sweet spirit and the most adorable expressions. I was chatting with her a while back about fun times when the kids were small. I always thought her boys were twins. She said,”no, just close”. They were so cute as was Barbara when they lived out in the country and we went to Mill Swamp Church. I can hear her little giggle and see her expressive face. She is a treasure and I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and June’s family.

  33. preston (sam) fouts-paul

    the loss of june is deeply felt – not only by me but the entire knitting tea party – her post were always beautiful and uplifting – always cheerful – reaching out to one who were suffering or ill. never a harsh word – she seemed to always see the good in people. she is loved and missed and will be for a long time. — sam/ktp

  34. Dianne I knew June through the Knitting forum. She brought so much love, good will, and wisdom with her postings. It was so obvious how much she loved you and was proud of you as she often shared your photograiphs. She will be greatly missed by those of us on the forum. Prayers for you, Barb, the grandchildren and all of your family. RIP June.

  35. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    June, so loved to read your blog, Dianna. She made that very clear in a lot of her comments. When we were gowning up in Surry I don’t remember meeting June but I felt like I knew her though her comments on your blog. I know one thing for sure she loved you and was very proud of you. You know you have my love and prayers. We will all miss her comments on Facebook too. ❤

  36. Bobbie Matthews

    I want to express my condolences to you and June’s family and to her daughter, Barbara. I “knew” June through the Tea Party on Knitting Paradise and so enjoyed her many posts and sweetness that she always showed to us. She shared your beautiful photos with us which we have enjoyed. I, also, have experienced the passing of two sisters, and know the sadness your are feeling. May you be comforted during this time of loss.

  37. Dianna,
    My condolences to you and your family. She sounded like a great lady and wonderful sister. I too remember her commenting on your posts. Clearly, she will be greatly missed by many.

  38. June sounds like a beautiful angel sister. I know she’s smiling at this special tribute you’ve made for her. Bless your heart. I’m sending warm thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  39. That was a lovely post Dianna, sincere condolences to you and your family. June will be greatly missed by us all on the knitting forum. She was a lovely, caring sweet lady. Cathy

  40. I too knew June through the Knitting Forum and I was so sad to hear of her passing. She often shared your photos with us and we will miss her words of wisdom. A lovely lady.

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  42. Very sorry for your loss, Dianna. I am just catching up on blog reading, so I apologize for my belated condolences. You wrote a very touching post.

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