June 30, 1915 - Jan. 13, 2010
June Winifred Durham, long time Milton-Freewater,resident passed away Jan. 13, 2010, at the Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla, at the age of 94 years. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, 3p.m. at the First Christian Church, 518 S. Main in Milton-Freewater. A private family interment will be held at the Riverview Heights Cemetery in Kennewick. Viewing will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 6-8 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater. Memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church in Milton-Freewater or charity of your choice through the funeral home.
Mrs. Durham was born June 30, 1915, in Kennewick, to William and Winifred Campbell. She was raised in Kennewick by her mother, who was widowed when June was 6 years old. She graduated from Kennewick High School in 1933. She spent one year at Bellingham Normal School before returning to Kennewick. She met Ken Durham on a blind date and the couple married in Kennewick on Oct. 18, 1936.
They brought their family to Milton-Freewater in 1946. Mrs. Durham spent her life as a loving and dedicated homemaker supporting her husband and children’s activities at the same time being active in numerous church and community activities. She became an adult member of Royal Neighbors of America at age 16 and was an oracle in that organization. She was an active parent in Bluebirds, Camp Fire Girls, and was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts. She held leadership positions in Christian Women’s Fellowship, Home Extension, Women’s Improvement Club, Republican Women and Garden Club. She was a deaconess at the First Christian Church and for several years was the chairwoman for the church’s annual Harvest Festival. She and her husband, Ken, were charter members of the Walla Walla Historical Auto Club. Their fleet of seven antique cars was an interest they shared, attending numerous car shows and tours around the Northwest. She enjoyed hosting picnics for groups, family and friends in the park-like setting of their home. She was an avid bowler until she was 85 and remained a committed Bunco player until her 94th birthday. Her greatest passion and joy were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who remember her as the playful person who left special sweet treats out for them on the breakfast table when they came to visit.
Mrs. Durham is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen Reeder and Clinton of Pendleton; son, Ken and daughter-in-law, Barbara Durham of Beaverton; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Her parents, husband Ken, daughter Wanda Warnock and grandson Paul Reeder all preceded her in death.