June Williams Pines Vickers

January 01, 1921
- March 06, 2012

BROWNVILLE JCT - June Williams (Pynes) Vickers, 91 years
young, died peacefully March 6, 2012, in Middletown, RI.
Mrs. Vickers was a former resident of 42 North Street,
Brownville Junction, for more than 65 years.
She was the beloved wife of the late Gilfred James Vickers,
Sr. June and Gilfred were married for 56 years. She was
born January 1, 1921 in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of W.
Truman Pynes and Winnifred Williams (Pynes) Hewes.
Her family immigrated to Ellis Island, NY, from Wales and
settled in Monson, working in the slate quarries.
For the past few years she has resided at Concord Drive
and Forest Avenue, Assisted Living, Middletown, RI, She
was a communicant of St. Mary's, Catholic Church,
Newport, RI.
She was educated in Monson and Dover-Foxcroft. She was
a homemaker, skilled knitter, avid reader, baker, and mentor
to all who knew her. She took pride in keeping her family
and extended family "warm" with her afghans, sweaters,
mittens, and ski socks for her three generations of family.
She will be remembered as the world's best "cookie baker"
"hugger", "confidant", and "friend".
Mom was a proud member and communicant of Saint
Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Brownville Junction. A
convert to Catholicism in 1940, she was a founding member
of the Women's Sodality at Saint Francis, and later became
Prefect. A beautiful, Christian woman, living her faith with
every breath, she spent her lifetime helping others. She was
a choir member at Saint Francis for more than 60 years, and,
at times, the church organist. Throughout those years, her
greatest supporter was Gramp! He was her "rock".
She was a founding member of the Mount Katahdin Senior
Citizens, having served in several positions. During the
early years she was an honorary member because she
wasn't old enough to join the club. And so it goes--------
For the next 35 years she coordinated bus trips throughout
the northeast and Canada for club members and when the
buses weren't filled, the community was invited to join in
the fun-filled tours. For many years she and Dad/Grampy
were active members of the Brownville Snowmobile Club
and enjoyed the beauty of the Maine woods traveling with
other snowmobile lovers.
She was a founding member (50+ years) of the Brownville
Junction Mothers' Service Club. Their mission was to
ensure our brave men and women serving our country
throughout the world were not forgotten.
Mom was a proud member of the Monson Alumni
Association and the Monson Finnish Club.
She was a member of the United States Air Force Civil
Defense; and was proud of the certificate and letter she
received, signed by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower,
acknowledging"Our country" appreciation for
volunteering thousands of hours during World War II, from
her home as well as from headquarters in the "bunker"
located in Milo, ME.
Mom's parents, loving husband, infant brother, Jack
Williams Pynes, and recently a special grandson, LTC
Charles Patrick Lynch, USA Ret. predeceased her.
"Nana" as she was affectionately known, is survived by her
children, Patricia W. and Ronald R. Petrie, Sr. USN Ret., of
Middletown, RI, with whom she resided and who were her
caregivers; Gilfred J. Vickers Jr., USN Ret., and Barbara A.
Vickers of San Diego, CA; and a special niece, Anne Marie
(Vickers) Quin. Anne has always been there for our parents
during times we were away with military assignments and
she was "Mom" to Anne Marie. Nana/Aunt June also
leaves grandchildren: Paula M. (Petrie) Lynch, Middletown,
RI; Ronald R. Petrie, Jr., North Kingstown, RI; Robert F. &
MAJ Carol Petrie, USA, Portsmouth, RI; Kevin & Belinda
A. (Vickers) Tattoli, of San Diego, CA; James R. Vickers,
USAF Ret. & Heather Vickers, Syracuse, UT; great
grandchildren: Kelley & Patrick Lynch; Jordan & Jaya
Petrie, Hannah & Gretchen Petrie, Connor & Hannah
Vickers, Kaylea & Lindsey Tattoli; many special nieces,
nephews, her cousins,Dick and Connie Pynes, Auburn,
ME; and her extended family and many friends.
Our parents are now reunited with our Lord. The faith,
love and memories showered upon our family will carry us
a lifetime, preparing a path for all of us to travel.
Visiting hours will be held 4-7pm Tuesday, March 20,
2012, at the Lary Funeral Home, Elm Street, Milo, where a
celebration of her life will be offered at 11am, Wednesday,
March 21, with the Most Reverend John C. Mazzei,
Skowhegan and Brownville Junction, officiating. Father
John is her personal spiritual friend and we are proud to
honor Mom's request. Burial will be held in the springtime
at the Pine Tree Cemetery, Brownville Junction. Messages
of condolence and memories may be expressed at

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