June McDaniel

ALAMOSA — June McDaniel, a beacon of love and intelligence, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2024, in Buda, Texas, at the age of 89. Born on Nov. 18, 1934, in Pueblo, Colo., to Howard Wallace McIlvaine and Margaret Dolores Schulte, June's life was a testament to her passionate spirit and enduring strength.

June's journey began in the vibrant landscapes of Colorado, where she grew up to be a woman of remarkable intellect and grace. After being crowned Homecoming Queen at Adams State University in 1955, she pursued a path in education, dedicating over 34 years to teaching in the La Jara School District. Her commitment to nurturing young minds was recognized in 2017 when she received the prestigious Adams State University Outstanding Educator Award. June's passion for teaching was only matched by her love for her family and her zest for life.

Survived by her loving family, June leaves behind a legacy of warmth and devotion. She is cherished by her daughters, Jill (Ben) Sutterfield of Buda, TX, Penne (David) Hamilton of Pagosa Springs, CO, Jane Wakefield of River Falls, WI, and Pam (Mark) Loose of Gilbert, AZ; and her son, Patrick McDaniel of Fort Collins, CO. Her sister, JoAnne James of Boise, ID, also survives her. June's ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren will forever hold her memory in their hearts. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Alfred McDaniel III, her parents, her sister Betty Kay Drake, and her son-in-law Michael Wakefield.

June's interests were as varied as they were deep. An artist at heart, she found joy in quilting, painting, and working with stained glass. Her involvement with the Rio Grande Art Club reflected her commitment to the arts, while her skills as a bridge player were well-known among her circle. A loyal fan of Centauri and Adams State University, she never missed a chance to show her support. June's adventurous spirit shone through her love of cross-country skiing and mountain biking; activities that kept her connected to the beautiful outdoors she so cherished.

One of June's most remarkable achievements was her courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Diagnosed in 2001, she faced the challenge with unwavering strength, becoming a survivor and an inspiration to all who knew her.

June's life was a portrait of love, intelligence, and passion. She approached every day with a heart full of love for her family, a mind eager to learn and teach, and a soul passionate about her many interests. Her influence will continue to be felt through the countless lives she touched, both in the classroom and beyond.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 22, 2024, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Rogers Family Mortuary, 205 State Ave., Alamosa, Colo. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday March 23, 2024, at the Mortuary.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in the care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, words of comfort and tributes for June’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com.