June Raymond, musician, nurse, seamstress, gardener, cook, golfer, mother, grandmother, and friend, died in her 89th year Thursday, June 27, 2019.
Born and raised in Endicott, N.Y., with proud Southern roots, she graduated from Union Endicott High School where she played the trumpet, oboe and bassoon. She was also a gifted pianist, organist and vocalist. June graduated from the Charles S. Wilson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and went on to complete her bachelor of science in nursing education from Syracuse University, graduating magna cum laude. Married for 46 years, she met the love of her life, World War II Army Air Corps veteran and general surgeon John S. Raymond Jr. at Wilson Hospital.
Leaving nursing to raise their two children in Binghamton, N.Y., June became an expert in the domestic arts; raised funds for medical research; and took up golf, which she played passionately and well. She was choir director at Christ the King Lutheran Church for 14 years. After returning to nursing, she and John retired to Pinehurst, which they enjoyed greatly and where she continued to dote on her beloved corgis. A life-long learner with a curious mind and keen wit, she loved meeting and talking to new people anywhere she might find them. She lived by Maya Angelou's maxim that “…people will never forget how you made them feel,” and her kindness, compassion and generosity knew no bounds.
June will be greatly missed by her children, Margaret (Jeff) and John (Jenni); grandchildren, John Peter, Andrew, and Claire Driscoll as well as Eric and Greg Raymond; and many other loving relatives and friends.
Visiting hours were at the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose, Mass., Thursday, July 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment was private.