March 15, 1919 — Oct. 17, 2013
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Juanita June Letcher was born in Ashland, Ore., on March 15, 1919, and grew up in Grenada, Calif., and Ashland, graduating from Yreka High School in 1936. She went on to San Jose State University where she earned a teaching credential in 1941 and completed additional graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1942 June said “yes” to Bill Letcher, her husband of almost 70 years, and the couple settled down, raising their family in Mt. Shasta before retiring to Placerville in 1977. June was passionate about life and thrived on maintaining her friendships and close social networks, which included the Mt. Shasta Community Concert Association, Beta Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma and the American Association of University Women.
June’s many interests included photography, reading, cooking, art and travel. She and Bill shared a zest for life, traveling to more than 50 countries and reliving their experiences through the stories they told. In addition to their love of learning about other cultures, they spent their lives inviting others into their home and continued close relationships with the exchange students from Germany and Japan. She was a lover of life, from her awe of simple beauty, like a field of freshly bloomed wildflowers, to a perfectly crafted song with a toe-tapping beat, to a rare Sacramento Kings win. She was full of life until the very end and will be greatly missed.
June was proceeded in death by her husband, Bill Letcher; and her daughter, Connie Mora. She is survived by her eldest daughter, Christine Somach of Sacramento; and grandchildren, Rebecca Somach, Cory Somach, Kevin Mora and Dylan Mora. A private family service will be held in Ashland, where she and Bill will be reunited.