Marion June Sexton Eldridge

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Marion "June" Sexton Eldridge

Marion "June" Sexton Eldridge, age 94, of Forestburg, Texas, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018, at 4 pm - at Mayberry Gardens Assisted Living in Denton, Texas.
June was born on May 8, 1924, in Cambridge, Nebraska, to Cordon Lee and Cora Belle Sexton. She married L.T. Eldridge, Jr. on April 14, 1946, in Yuma, Arizona. Her husband passed away on March 4, 1962; and up until the time of his death, he served as a deacon at the Forestburg Baptist Church, where he and June were both members.
June had a life-long appreciation for music and art and enjoyed expressing herself creatively. She played the piano and keyboard for family members and for her own enjoyment. Mrs. Eldridge also created beautiful arts and crafts, painted with oils, did expert calligraphy work, and for decades, shared her life with her pet birds and fish. She was interested in staying up-to-date on world news and health-related topics, and listening to country music. June loved Texas and was fond of the saying, "You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the girl," a quote attributed to actress, musician, singer, Janine Turner, who was also a transplant to Texas from Nebraska. June was a very independent lady who did things for herself and lived alone for decades on the ranch passed down to her and her husband from L.T.'s parents - land which has stayed in the family for generations. June's roots are "deeply Texas!"
Over the years, June faced many difficulties, including the tragic loss of her husband in an automobile accident that left her widowed and raising four young children, the economic depression that so many struggled to endure, and the challenges of navigating much of her life all while being declared legally blind and unable to drive. Despite these challenges, it was out of the ordinary for her to allow others to care for her. June was strong, independent, and determined. She would jokingly say, "I'm a tough old bird." So, it was the last year of her life that may have been the most challenging, as she was physically unable to care for herself. During this time, June's oldest daughter was by her bedside at the nursing home, day in and day out for the last nearly one year of June's life, feeding her breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day and tending to her every need. During this time, June never lost her wit and sense of humor. And, even through this challenging time, June was able to turn difficulty into beauty as she showed a softness, sweet and angelic, that maybe had always been there, but had never been obvious until then. Maybe accepting help from others does change people in ways like this.
In addition to these character traits, June was always grateful, gracious, and treated others with respect. She was a woman who valued honesty and moral character. Mrs. Eldridge was a proud and determined person, who lived to high standards, and who had a positive outlook in life in spite of less than positive circumstances. "I believe that Grandma June passed many of these traits on to her children and grandchildren and future generations," the author of this obituary said. "I feel like we are strong women and men, and are survivors who can overcome obstacles because of the rock that our Grandma June was. And for that, we all thank you, Grandma June."
A funeral service, officiated by Stewart Holloway, will be held on Saturday, July 21, at 2 pm, at the White Funeral Chapel in Bowie, Texas, with burial following at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg - where Mrs. Eldridge will be laid to rest next to the love of her life, her late husband. Pallbearers are Jason Bewley, Janson Bewley, Joe Eldridge, Gary Haack, Gary Ratliff, Butch Eldridge, Larry Dill, Carroll Dill, Brady Dill and Steve Sandusky.
Mrs. Eldridge was preceded in death by her husband, L.T.; son, Larry Dean; her sisters, Winnie Foster, Inez Dennis, Lois Alber and Joan Gufford. Surviving is one brother, Dean Sexton of Cambridge, Nebraska; daughters, Janis Bewley of Valley View, Texas; Connie Thompson of Denton, Texas; Carolyn Osteen of Aubrey, Texas; and one daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Eldridge of Denton; as well as a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandkids.
Published on July 18, 2018
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