July 10, 1917 - Jan. 7, 2012
June Marie Timmons, 94, passed away peacefully at home Jan. 7, 2012, in Walla Walla. She was born July 10, 1917, in Walla Walla, to Darrell L. and Marie Allen Sawyer. She graduated from Brownsville, Ore., high school and attended Oregon State University. An accomplished jazz pianist, she played with a small orchestra for many dances in the Willamette Valley and at the Linn County, Ore., pioneer picnics.
On Aug. 1, 1936, she married Richard Timmons in Walla Walla. They owned and operated Dick's Caf on the corner of Second and Main from 1941 to 1952, then opened and operated The Turf restaurant in the same building until selling it in 1975. Mr. Timmons passed away in 1981.
She was a gracious hostess and fixed her signature delicious meals for family gatherings. In the 1970s, June began making appliqud and pieced quilts. Each one took countless hours to hand-quilt. It was not unusual for her to spend 10 hours a day quilting during the long winters. Many of her quilts, owned by appreciative family members, have been shown in local quilt shows. She spent several years quilting with the original Fort Walla Walla Quilters. She was a member of the Pioneer and Historical Society and volunteered at the Fort Walla Walla Museum for a number of years. She was a member of a Pinochle club and a sewing club for over 50 years.
An amateur artist, many of her oil paintings are admired in the homes of family members. In 1976, she painted the outstanding beautiful backdrop scene of the Alps for the Little Theatre of Walla Walla's production of The Sound of Music.
June is survived by her three daughters, Susan Queen (Troy) of College Place, Judith Blocklinger (Ronald) of Walla Walla, and Nancy Jarmain (Glenn) of Reedsport, Ore.; nine grandchildren: Kathy Queen Shoemaker (Mark) of College Place, Richard Queen (Jolene) of Walla Walla, Ronald Queen (Linda) of Arlington, Wash., Terry Jarmain (Sandra) of Harrisburg, Ore., Stuart Jarmain (Laurie) of Reedsport, John Jarmain (Kristin) of Horicon, Wis., Darren Blocklinger of Pacific, Wash., Kristi Blocklinger Moore (Rob) of Seattle and David Blocklinger (Marie) of Walla Walla; 14 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; two nieces, one nephew and two cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Darl Bjorklund of Everett; and a brother, Leo Sawyer of Milton Freewater.
A private graveside service will be held Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.