Bourne, June Evelyn (Ashcraft) (June 26, 1919 - September 29, 2004)

June Evelyn Bourne

Douglas Budget - October 6, 2004

A memorial service for Douglas resident June Evelyn Bourne was held Oct. 4.

Interment was Oct. 4 in Douglas Park Cemetery with committal services by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Mrs. Bourne died Sept. 29, 2004, at her home in Douglas, after a lingering illness.

She was born on June 26, 1919, in Manhatten, Mont., to Claude Little Ashcraft and Hazel (Crum) Ashcraft. As a young girl, she moved with the family to an apple orchard near Wenatchee, Wash., where she attended school and cooked and cleaned for the orchard workers. She also learned to play the fiddle and to tap dance.

Her father, Claude died when she was 15.

Her mother Hazel died in 1991 at the age of 99.

She married Rolland (Rolly) Bourne of Concordia, Kan., on Nov. 7, 1937, in Trinidad, Wash.

During WWII, they lived in Bremerton, Wash., where Mr. Bourne was a welder and electrical technician in the shipyards. After the war, the Bourne family moved to Kansas where they sharecropped with his father. In the fall of 1951, they moved to Rock Springs, where Mr. Bourne worked in road construction. Mrs. Bourne was a stay-at-home wife and mother of four children, who enjoyed many talents including sewing, crocheting, painting.

The family moved to the Gas Hills in 1957 and to Riverton in 1960. While in Riverton, Mrs. Bourne was a member of the Riverton Toastmistresses, Eastern Star, Garden Club and Order of Eagles and Presbyterian Church.

In 1976, the couple moved to Douglas. Mrs. Bourne joined the Methodist Church. She enjoyed ceramics and playing the organ. Mr. Bourne was employed by the city as maintenance supervisor and by the U.S. Forest Service.

Mrs. Bourne was preceded in death by her parents; sister, husband; and her oldest son, Roger R. Bourne.

She is survived by her children Rick Bourne and wife Carol of Lander, Malissa Diehl and husband Ronald of Riverton and Russell Bourne and wife Flora of Douglas; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

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