June Allison Budd

By on October 16, 2008

            June Allison Budd, 83, left this world Oct. 9, 2008, to take her place with our Lord in Heaven after a long hard fought battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)—Lou Gehrig’s disease.  She passed on in her apartment at the Silver Springs Assisted Living Facility in Green Valley, Ariz., with family by her side.

            June was a very special lady. She was especially known for her determination to live, her never-ending positive spirit, an incredibly forgiving nature, a love and compassion for others, a willingness and desire to help others in need, and for her wonderful sense of humor and quick wit, even in the face of adversity.

            Born on June 2, 1925, in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Walter W. Beckard and Helyn (Leist) Beckard, June graduated from Rufus King High School in 1943 as the class salutatorian. She went on to become Valedictorian of her nursing class, receiving her RN diploma from Chicago University Hospital. June had many wonderful stories to tell of her time in nurse training, as well as her first job as a visiting nurse with Sears and Roebuck. She simply loved helping others, and others surely loved her in return. 

            In WWII, June enlisted in the Cadet Nurse Corps and served from 1944-47 while intaking at University Hospital in Chicago and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill. June met her first husband, Dr. Robert Henry Allison, while she was still in training and he was still in medical school. They married in 1948 and made their first home in Warrenville, Ill., where Bob started his fist private medical practice in the 1950s. In the early ‘60s, they moved with their three children to Elburn, where they remained until 1972. It was then that June and Robert moved to Morganfield, KY, for semi-retirement, where June worked as a public health nurse for the Union County Clinic.

            In 1972, they relocated to Hoopeston, Ill., where Robert joined a clinic of international doctors. Following Robert’s death in June 1975, she returned to nursing, working as a visiting nurse in charge of the Home Health Aids of the Vermillion County Health Department.  The favorite part of her work involved caring for paraplegics and quadriplegics in their homes, though she later commented she never envisioned that she would one day find herself in their position.

            In 1977, she headed west to Denver, Colo., where she joined her daughter, Lorelei, who was studying music at the time. The two of them lived together and loved life to the fullest as college roommates, helping each other make it to the finish line by proofing each other’s work while attending two different colleges. June completed a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at Colorado Women’s College while in her 50s, inspiring many while at the same time making many wonderful new friends.

            Following graduation, she became night supervisor in charge of nursing at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver. It was also in Denver that she met her second husband, Harrell Budd, a geologist. They were married in 1986 in Kauai, Hawaii, then moved to Green Valley, Ariz., to make their home and begin a new life together. Harrell passed away in 1989.

            June is survived by three children, David John Allison, a paralegal and Methodist lay minister currently residing in Denver, Suzannah Allison DeSousa, a world traveler and international teacher currently teaching culinary arts in Bagdad, Ariz., and Lorelei Allison Conrad, a retired U.S. Naval officer, Navy bandmaster, trumpeter, conductor, and most recently, an RN who resides in Green Valley, Ariz., along with her husband, Raymond H. Conrad, who is also a professional trumpeter and retired U.S. Navy musician and Maryland special police officer. June leaves behind one sister, Gloria B. Bonesz, also of Green Valley, who is known for her work as comptroller for the Chicago advertising firm, Weber, Cohen, & Riley, and as head of the quilters of the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior and former GVR swimnastics instructor. June is also survived by her very dear cousin and cherished friend, Margot Füller, of Kronberg, Germany.

            June leaves behind four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Vasco DeSousa and his wife, Rosina, of Abeystwyth, Wales, U.K., along with their four children, Oscar, Joseph, Hannah and Esperanca; Dr. Alexandra A. DeSousa and her husband, Dr. Michael Proulx, of London, England, and their two daughters, Isabella and Helena; Andrew DeSousa and his wife, Aya Octaviani, along with their daughter, Radina, who are all living in Borneo, Indonesia; and Dr. Sarah O. Allison and her husband, Paul McGuire, who reside in Champaign, Ill. Additionally, she leaves behind four more grandchildren from her marriage to Harrell Budd, and many, many wonderful friends throughout the country and abroad, including her long-time companion and dear friend, George Friley of Green Valley, Ariz.

            June was an active volunteer in many organizations throughout her life, including organizations such as the Geneva Community Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, the Wheaton Weeds, the Eight Ball Committee, the American Heart Association, and the Elburn Elementary PTA, the Junior Girl Scouts as Troop No. 44 Leader in Kaneville, among many others.

            She loved learning and loved to travel the country and the world. June also loved going for walks with friends and family, hiking, bowling, and was active in Jazzercise and Swimnastics when it was still possible for her to do so. She never passed up an opportunity to sing or dance and loved spending time with her family and friends. It was a joy and pleasure for her to go to church and she loved being a member of the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior.

            A memorial service in June’s honor will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, located at 555 S. La Canada Drive, Green Valley, Ariz. A reception will follow in the church’s fellowship hall. Additionally, family and friends are invited that same afternoon to come to Silver Springs Assisted Living in Green Valley to join together 1 p.m. for a celebration of “June’s Life Story.” This event will be held in the Family Room affectionately known as the “Bird Room.” All who can are come are invited to share their favorite stories and memories of this amazing woman’s life on earth.

            Donations in memory of June may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, the Muscular Dystrophy Association/ALS Division of Tucson, Ariz., or to the charity of one’s choice.