Born on September 24, 1932, in Gypsy, Oklahoma, to Roy and Opal Wood, June was the eldest of her siblings. Her family moved to Bakersfield, California, where she met her husband, Knox Williams, who was working his way through college when he sold her a Westmoreland sterling silverware set for her hope chest.
June and Knox married in 1951, and moved to Santa Barbara so June could complete her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her passion for learning, teaching, and reading were evident throughout her life.
In 1961, Knox and June purchased a Rayne franchise in North San Diego County and relocated to Carlsbad where they generously gave their time, talents, and treasure to many local causes and organizations. They were founding members of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, and June received the honor as Woman of the Year by the City of Carlsbad.
Throughout their marriage, Knox and June loved to travel and explore faraway places and to spend time with loved ones. Together they visited over 50 countries and most of the United States, but Santa Barbara remained closest to June’s heart.
Preceding June’s death on August 21, 2014, was her youngest child, Drue Knox Williams, who passed away in November 1999. It is a great comfort to know they reunited in peace.
June was a loving wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a friend who is greatly missed and admired.