June Marie Daugherty Baginski was 87 years young when she passed away on June 14, 2021 at her home in Lakeside, with daughters Denise and Susan and Esther by her side. She was affectionately known as “June Bug or Junie Baby” by most of her friends and family.
June was born to Henry Irvin Daughtery and Myrta Elizabeth Merritt November 27, 1933 in Haley, Idaho.
June is survived by her children: Vicki Elizabeth Susan Thurston of Vancouver, WA, Dennis Craig Walters (Esther) of Lakeside, AZ, Eugene Conrad Naegle III (Michelle) of Show Low, AZ, Gina Denise Naegle of Concho, AZ and Jonni Brinkhoff (Brett) of Black Hawk, CO. She had nineteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
June was an avid outdoorsman, she loved hunting, fishing, and camping. She had once wrangled a 54-pound sturgeon while fishing in Washington. She enjoyed the time she spent with friends bowling and traveling to tournaments. She was a homemaker and a gardener. She taught her children how to be as self-sufficient as she was.
June had a collection of Precious Moment figurines. She said she had bought one and then all of a sudden, everyone started buying her more. She also had a large collection of carousel horses. She was especially proud of a large cross-stitch carousel that was mounted on the wall of every home where she lived. She would show it to everyone who visited and boasted that her daughter Susan made it for her. She would say it was almost framed backwards because the detail was so precise on both sides.
June loved life and had a vibrant personality; she could light up any room with her smile and laughter. She had a knack for telling jokes, and her extensive vocabulary was more than highly proficient at knowing more curse words than most people, let’s just say she could make a sailor blush. (wink, wink) She leaves behind a very dysfunctional family that she was very proud of. She would say, “My family put the word “fun” in dysfunctional.” Everyone knew where they stood with her. She either liked you or she didn’t. Her children are still trying to figure out which one it was. (we all knew she loved us).
She was a wonderful cook. There were two meals which stood out most. Her hot chili beans, this meal caused many a nightmare for some people. Then there was her gravy which was in a food class all its own. Everyone was excited when she would make roast beef, the aroma alone would have your mouth watering. Oh, but the anticipation of mashed potatoes and that gravy was pure torture. “Can you guess what we’re having for dinner?”
She was a hard worker and finally retired at age 85.
She leaves behind many wonderful memories; she will be missed more than words can describe.
Memorial contributions to The White Mountain Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1975, Lakeside, Arizona 85929 have been suggested by her family.