June Arbutus Berryman Wells age 93 passed away in Traverse City Mich. on May 29 2011 after a very short illness.Born April 24 1918 in Dodgeville Wis. June was the third of five children born to Curtis Berryman and Sylvia Liddicoat Berryman. She had two older brothers Lloyd and Jack and two younger brothers Richard who died in the Pacific in WWII and Robert. When she was seven the family moved to Ferndale Mich. She joined the Ferndale First Methodist Church where she was a loyal generous member until she moved to Traverse City at age 91. She married George Byron Wells Jr. in 1938 and they promptly had three sons and a daughter Thomas Byron Douglas John Robert Charles and Kathryn Ann "Nan" Little. She is survived by her brother Robert her four children seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren each who was loved beyond measure.When George died in 1972 June stepped out on her own traveling by herself to China the Holy Land Oberammergau throughout the U.S. and many times to Costa Rica to visit son Robert. She never remarried keeping so true to the honored memory of George that Mitch Albom selected her to be featured in an article in Parade Magazine about people who stayed faithful to their spouses despite being widowed at an early age. Five weeks ago the day after her 93rd birthday she hiked the Empire Trail to the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. She never wanted to miss a thing. June was loved for her ever-positive attitude her generosity her sweetness of spirit and her strength and determination to make the best of every situation. She believed you could always control your attitude and with her faith to support her her attitude was always positive. She lived a life to be celebrated; hers is not a death to be mourned.Per her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned for August at a time and place to be announced. Memorials may be given in June's name to www.pedalingforparkinsons.org. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home Traverse City. Please share a memory of June at www.covellfuneralhomes.com
Published in Daily Tribune on June 5 2011.
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