|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1916|
|Death: ||Dec. 14, 2005|
June Hughes Lynch passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Four Corners Health Center in Durango.
June was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., on August 6, 1916, to Frank and Emma Hughes and was a descendant of the Maddox family who arrived in Aztec, N.M. in the 1880s by covered wagon, including her 88-year-old Irish great-great-grandmother Jane Emmet Maddox. A street in Aztec bears the Maddox name.
On May 6, 1935, June was married to Ben K. Lynch at Saint Columba Catholic Church in Durango. Her mother ran a restaurant in downtown Durango and met Ben while he was a pharmacist at Wall Drug. Mrs. Hughes introduced Ben to June while she was home from business school in Texas and the rest is history. Ben soon purchased Jackisch Drug in Pagosa from Frank Jackisch and continued to operate the "Drug Store" until his death in 1975. His Colorado pharmacist number remains on the sign at the back door of the store.
Four children were born to June and Ben: Pharmacist Ben L. Lynch, who owned and operated Jackisch Drug since Ben's K's passing; Jack Lynch, teacher, coach, administrator and football official of Aurora, Colo.; Maureen Lynch, bookkeeper; and Casey Lynch, CPA of Durango.
The true spirit of June Lynch rested in her energetic, generous and compassionate heart. She and Ben would take the last of the toys from the Drug Store shelves on Christmas Eve and distribute them to the front porches of Pagosa's less fortunate families. Kids always ate first at June's house - it was just the way it was. She led the polio vaccination program in Pagosa and would drive ball players all over the San Juan Basin before school busses were provided. She would climb the slopes at Wolf Creek and ski down even before there were rope tows on top of the Pass. After tows were installed, most winter weekends saw her there with a carload of young skiing enthusiasts. And ski trips to Aspen with June were one of life's highlights for several young Pagosans. Sledding down the highway on Wolf Creek on a cold winter night was also known to have happened.
June, along with Barbara Corrigan, taught hundreds of kids swimming and lifeguard lessons in the existing outdoor pool at the Spa. She was a member of the school board, town board, Booster's Club, Bridge Club and Catholic Daughters. She played the organ in the choir loft at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church most every Sunday, at Midnight Mass, again the next morning for the Christmas Mass and would serve Christmas dinner for 15 friends and family, all after handwriting 50 Christmas letters. Most people she touched were made to feel special.
Many a young Pagosan found an extra $50 in their pocket as they left for the big city, or an extra $3 under the front seat as they washed the car for spending money. Numerous people lived under June's and Ben's roof or visited often, and no one ever went away hungry.
Some of her hardest times were the death of her beloved Ben, her daughter-in-law Lucille's battle with cancer, and the loss of her independence going into the nursing home where she continued to give and waited patiently for 10 years to join Ben and her many old Pagosa friends. The philosophy she lived was: "It's not how long you live, but how much you give." She lived it to the end and, in that, was a great mentor to many.
Mama June is survived by her four children and families, seven grandchildren - Pat, Mike, Larry, Grady, David, Michael and Kelly Lynch - five great grandchildren, her sisters-in-law Pan Boyd, Bonita Ledford, Lenore Lynch and Rae Lynch, all of San Diego, Calif. Her parents and six siblings preceded her in death.
A Vigil and Rosary service was held Monday, Dec. 19, at 7: p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church with funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. Internment at Hilltop Cemetery will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to either the Lupus
Frank Gardner Hughes (1868 - 1936)
Emma Bertha Maddox Hughes (1882 - 1979)
Benjamin Kenneth Lynch (1910 - 1975)
Carlyle Garrison Hughes (1901 - 1944)*
William Clay Hughes (1905 - 1959)*
John Henry Hughes (1910 - 1969)*
June Elore Hughes Lynch (1916 - 2005)
Charlotte Lee Hughes Bellino (1919 - 1971)*
Created by: Catalina Read Liles
Record added: Mar 19, 2010
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