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Mary June (Summers) Foster

Mary June (Summers) Foster passed peacefully from this life to her eternal home in heaven March, 4, 2014, at Kansas City, Mo. Hospice House.

She was born May 28, 1923, to Myrtle Blanche (Linney) and John Jewell Summers at the family farm near Crooked River. She grew up in Hardin, and graduated from Hardin High School in 1941.

June joined the World War ll effort by moving to Kansas City where she was employed by North American Aviation’s Kansas City, Kans. Bomber Plant from 1942-1944. She stripped, cleaned, and reassembled .50 caliber machine guns on the “Mitchell” Medium Bomber B25-D, just before the planes were delivered to the front line troops.  Against policy, one of the gunners allowed June to test fire a gun…the only woman ever to do so at that plant. It was there she met and, four short months later, married the man she loved the rest of her life – William Joseph Foster of Trenton.  June and Bill were married June 11, 1944.

After their daughter, Tanna Terle (Terry), was born in July, 1945, June and Bill  moved to Trenton.  In the coming years, they added to their loving family daughters Tabitha Lee (Tobi) in 1949 and Candice Linney (Candy) in 1951, and finally their son, William Joseph Jr. (Joe) in 1953.

June was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church where she was a founding member of the Mary Searcy Circle. She was a lifetime member of the Trenton Elks Ladies and a very proud member of the Dorcas Richardson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

June moved to Sunnyview Care Center in 2012 where she was loved and treated like family.

She leaves to celebrate her life and memory her son, Joe, and wife, Lori, of Trenton; her daughter, Candy Tucker of Leavenworth, Kans.,  her daughter, Tobi and husband, Jim Hosty, of Westerville, Ohio; and her daughter, Terry and husband, Mike Klipp of Burkburnett, Texas.  She was a proud Grandma of 13 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Her brother-in-law, Peggy’s husband, Bob Sanders; sons-in-law, Babe Wynne and Randy Tucker; daughter-in-law, Vicky Christenson, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive her.

June was preceded in death by her Beloved husband, Bill; her Mom and Daddy, Blanche and John Summers; her brothers, John Morris Summers and his wife, Fern and W.B. Summers and his wife, Chrystine; and her sister, Lois Imogene Frazer and her husband, Junior.  She was also preceded by Bill’s parents, Lena Belle (Porterfield) and Robert Earl Foster, and his sister, Margaret Louise (Peggy)  Foster Sanders, and her son-in-law, Robert Moschgat.Junes’s family would like to thank those who gave our Mother and Daddy love and friendship throughout the years. They would like to give special thanks to Sunnyview Care Center and Kansas City Mo. Hospice House.

A private family memorial service was held for June. For those who would like, donations may be made to Kansas City Mo. Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City MO 64145,  or a charity of your choice.

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