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June Gilmore Conkin

June Gilmore Conkin, daughter of the late William Howard and Hazel (Gilmore) Blakely, was born May 31, 1917 in Mountain Grove, Missouri. She peacefully passed away May 26, 2016 surrounded by her family at Autumn Oaks Caring Center of Mountain Grove. She was only five days short of reaching her 99th birthday.

June was a fourth-generation resident of Mountain Grove and a member of First Christian Church.

She was united in marriage to Jarrett T. Conkin on December 24, 1940. Three children were born to this union.

June lived the majority of her life in Mountain Grove with the exception of when she and Jarrett spent sixteen years transferring to multiple states due to his career before returning to Missouri in 1966. June often stated that there was no other place she would rather live than in Mountain Grove. For 46 years she lived on her small, peaceful farm. She loved nothing more than to sit on her front porch enjoying nature and welcoming family and friends to a good piece of pie and lemonade.

After completing business college, June worked at First Security Bank and then for a shoe factory while Jarrett served in World War II. Her greatest joy was being able to devote her life to raising her family. Throughout her life, June was active in several organizations including VFW, Newborns in Need, Saving the Castle (MSU Fruit Experiment Station), Town and Country Homemakers, Bible study, and Mountain Grove History and Art Center.

Although many knew June as a quiet and reserved woman, they were often surprised by her quick wit, firm opinions, and unique sense of humor. June was loved and treasured by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Besides her parents, June was preceded in death by her husband, Jarrett T. Conkin; one son, David Conkin; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Bloomfield; one brother, Howard Blakely; and two sisters, Wanona Allen and Eulalie Castner.

June is survived by one daughter, Dianne Gooch and husband Bill of Mountain Grove; four granddaughters; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mountain Grove History and Arts Center in care of the funeral home.

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