June Brown

June L. Brown

Sunday, June 15th, 1930 - Thursday, June 4th, 2020
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June L. Brown, age 89, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Born June 15, 1930, in Waynesboro, PA, she was the daughter of the late George H. Brown, Sr. and Anna M. Lingamfelter Brown.
Ms. Brown was a 1948 graduate of the former Chambersburg High School and of Huntington College in Indiana, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Distinguished Alumni Award, Alumni of the year, and in 2000 the Bicentennial Celebration Award, all from Huntington College. Ms. Brown served her country honorably during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Air Force. She was a missionary for a number of years, serving 35 years in Sierra Leone West Africa. Ms. Brown was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society, Joy Sunday School Class, former VP of Mid-Atlantic Missionary Society, and a member of King Street Church, where she had been active in church committees. June truly enjoyed spending time with family to include her church family and missionary family. She especially enjoyed time with family fishing on the river, but not eating her catch.
Surviving is a brother, George H. Brown, Jr. of Kennesaw, GA, nieces and nephews, her committed friends, Tom and Kim Shatzer, her church family, and her missionary family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four siblings, Harry E. Brown, Myrtle Shaffer, Major E. Marie Brown, and Anna K. Shew.
Private graveside services will be held at Norland Cemetery, Chambersburg, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to UB Global, please designate in the memo line of your check: the Sierra Leone Hospital, 302 Lake St., Huntington, IN 46750 or to King Street Church Joy Class, 56 North Second St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.
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Nyahaley Labor

Posted at 01:04pm
Tribute to Miss June L. Brown from Mr. John Gaiva Labor

We the John Gaiva and Irene Labor family in Sierra Leone, West Africa and abroad received the sad news of the passing away of Miss June L. Brown on June 4, 2020.
Miss Brown was my able Vice Principal at the Bumpe High School (BHS) when in 1969 I became the first Sierra Leonean Principal of the school after the United Brethren in Christ (UBC) missionaries founded the school in 1963. Miss Brown was among the pioneer teachers of BHS at that time. She stayed on as Vice Principal when I was appointed. It was good that she stayed on because I was young, inexperienced in school administration and a little over-ambitious at the time. She became my consultant and adviser. She held down the fort when I was away from the school to serve on national education committees such as the West African Examinations Council. She was the strong woman behind me together with my wife. I benefited from her loyalty, sincerity and devotion to her duty as a dedicated Christian missionary, teacher and educator.
In addition to being the Vice Principal she also served as the school Registrar, Records and Book-keeper. She was also the head of the Science Department where she taught mathematics and helped monitor and supervise the teaching of other science subjects including physics, chemistry and biology. She helped develop the science laboratories at BHS to the highest required standards for secondary schools in the country at the time. She was also the mechanic for the school generator and water pump. She dove so many times into the Tabe River to repair the water pump that supplied water to school campus. Whenever she was on furlough in the USA she catered for the needs of BHS. She would secure teaching aids and other materials for the school. She and the UBC Overseas Bishop, the late Rev. Datema made it possible for BHS to benefit from the UBC Mission Global Ministry subsidy which was provided as grants to the school each term to assist with school administration during my tenure.
Miss Brown and my family developed a deep friendship and Christian relationship. We have very fond memories of her coming over to kill snakes that got into our chicken coup, celebrating American Thanksgiving at her house and enjoying Christmas meals at our house. The children fondly remember her teaching them how to light firecrackers. Whenever she went on furlough, she would bring back special gifts for everyone and American department store catalogs which my wife used to have tailors copy clothes styles to sew for the children. Having a daughter that frequently needed medical care, Miss Brown very often drove that child to Serabu or Mattru hospital and sometimes would spend hours sitting with Irene while the daughter was taking care of.
We mourn with the Brown family and the UBC Global Ministries family. Miss Brown gave her life to the service of Jesus Christ. She is no longer with us physically, but she will ever remain in our midst spiritually. Rest in Peace June.

Sharon Weathers

Posted at 05:52pm
Our family will surely miss Aunt June. Her stories about life in Sierra Leone were always entertaining and filled with joy and excitement. She would love to come to the river to go fishing, play canasta and be with family and friends. She spent her life serving others. May she rest in peace.

Patrick Jones

Posted at 03:50pm
George and Family,
Our hearts and prayers are with you as you celebrate June’s life and grieve her passing. Time nor space are enough to express the many ways she touched so many lives, including ours. As I grew up beside Harry and the family and your folks, your family was like extended family to us. Then when June came home and we had tea and talked or played tennis together, her joyous spirit and passion for Jesus poured much into this young man. So like many others, we rejoice over having known “Miss Brown” whom God used as one more instrument to hone Christ into many lives, young and old. Blessings on you all.

Julie Turney

Posted at 09:41am
I loved hearing her stories of Africa! This was a few years ago with my two children, Noelle and George Hixon (named after my dad and grandpap). It was a joy to call her my aunt!!!

Barbara Kukola

Posted at 06:45am
June was a sweet spirit and enjoyed helping others. She loved her missionary work. She brought smiles to so many! She will be sadly missed. My deepest sympathy to her extended family.
Barbara Kukola
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