June McConnell passed away peacefully on February 17, 2019.
June was born June 14, 1930 in Cowdenbeath, Scotland to the late John and Ann Smith of Cowdenbeath, Scotland.
June is survived by her sons Stuart (Cathy) and Bruce (Emily Wolfe), grandchildren R. Alexander (Emily), Maggie (Mark) Van de Loo, Chris, Jack, Amanda, and Katie, and great-granddaughter Annie. She is also survived by her sisters Mary Derrick (Alec) of Dunfermline Scotland, Joan (Andrew) Spowart of Dunfermline Scotland, sister in law Molly Smith of Tamworth England, her brother Alex Smith of Bridgewater England, and many nieces and nephews throughout Great Britain.
June was preceded in death by her husband Robert A. McConnell, parents John & Ann Smith, sisters Nancy (William) Bain, Elizabeth (Findley), Allen, brother Benjamin (Molly) Smith, and sister in law Janet (Alex) Smith.
June immigrated to Windsor Ontario Canada in 1956, working in accounting for an Import and Export Company. June met her husband Robert at a Scottish dance in Detroit in January 1957. Robert and June were married on June 7, 1958 and celebrated their 60th Anniversary last summer. They were completely devoted to each other, and served as role models of love and commitment for their family. June and Robert were great dancers who spent countless hours in each other’s arms on the dance floor.
June raised her sons while supporting Robert during his career as the owner of a small business, along with his involvement in countless community projects and organizations. She served as the first lady of the newly founded City of Farmington Hills, Michigan, when Robert was elected as the first Mayor of the new city.
June was a wonderful cook and loved to bake. She took great pride in creating special meals that were delightful to eat and that always seemed to appear with very little effort on her part. She was also a skillful knitter, making sweaters for generations of babies and patiently passing the skill along to her granddaughters.
June loved all types of puzzles, contests, board games, and especially cards. June loved to combine her enjoyment with games and her role as a grandmother, always having time for a game with her grandchildren. June loved the outdoors, and enjoyed being active. Snow skiing, boating, golf, or simply walking were among her favorite activities.
June had a spirit of adventure and loved to travel with her husband Robert, traveling extensively throughout the world. They especially enjoyed returning to Scotland and Ireland to visit with their families “from the old country”.
A memorial service will be held at The Moorings Presbyterian Church (791 Harbour Drive, Naples FL 34103) on Friday March 22, 2019 at 11:30AM. In addition, at a date to be determined, the family we be having another service in Michigan where both June and Robert’s ashes will be laid to rest at The Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Michigan.
The family would like thank the physicians, nurses and support staff of Bayshore Memory Care, and AVOW Hospice for their kindness and loving care for June.
The Family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial gift in June’s name be made to either the The Alzheimer’s Association, or The National Kidney Foundation.