Longtime Juneau resident June Carol Baker passed away at home in Juneau on June 30, 2010. She was 71.
June was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on January 30, 1939 and grew up in Detroit. As an adult, she and her family lived in Colorado, Utah, and Ohio before making Juneau their home of more than 40 years. In addition to raising two daughters, June worked in various Juneau offices that included the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Capital Elementary School, and the state Division of Audit and Management in the Office of the Governor.
Her hobbies and interests included family, flower gardening, birds, quilting, making Alaska Native dolls and enjoying her Labrador Retrievers. For about 10 years, June and her dogs volunteered at the Juneau Pioneer's Home, where they entertained the old-timers. She also volunteered at the Juneau Raptor Center.
June was an exceptionally cheerful, devoted, and wonderful wife, mother, friend, and employee. She was very well-liked and brought cheer to the lives of everyone who knew her. She will be sorely missed by family and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Pauletta (Gaddis) Edwards; father, Washington Clair Edwards; sister, Phyllis Jarrett; and brother, Donald Edwards.
June is survived by Bruce Baker, her husband of 51 years; their daughters, Laura Baker and husband Russell McDougal, of Juneau, and Karen Baker (Aiyana Lea) of Norway; grandchildren, Steven McDougal, Brenda Descloux and husband Reuben; great-granddaughter, Alexandra Descloux; twin sister, Judy Syme and husband Roy; sisters, Rita Eckert and Vivian Boukma of Michigan; brother, James Edwards and wife Kathy of Montana, numerous nieces and nephews and her yellow Lab, Sunshine.
At June's request, no service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to either Hospice & Home Care of Juneau, 419 Sixth Street, Juneau, AK 99801 or Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801.
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