She was born at her parents’ home in Hamilton, WA on June 1, 1922. She was the youngest daughter of Pearley and Myrtle (Reuting) Black. She was raised and attended school in Burlington and Hamilton, graduating from Hamilton High School in 1940.
June met Ernie Riggles through friends and they were married on May 30, 1942 at the home of her parents in Hamilton.
She worked at Safeway in Seattle during the war after being married. They moved to Bellingham for a while and then settled in Sedro-Woolley.
June became a housewife and mother to their three daughters, Sharon, Barbara, and Susie. Many days her home was the gathering place of the neighborhood kids. Mom let our friends come over to bake cookies, as long as they cleaned up their mess. She loved working in her flower beds and garden. She canned hundreds of jars of fruit and vegetables from her garden every year and taught her girls how to can. She loved her flowers, especially her roses and dahlias. She was a member of the Grange for over 70 years.
In August 1959, June went to work at the Courier Times. She started out as a Proof Reader and Society Editor and also later was the receptionist, assistant bookkeeper, and advertising sales person. She retired after 1983.
June also enjoyed family get togethers at the family home. On Thanksgiving and Christmas she never cared if you brought someone that did not have a place to go. She made sure there was a gift also. She was a great cook and always had a roast with potatoes and carrots for Sunday dinner. June enjoyed camping with the family at Baker Lake.
June is survived by her daughters, Sharon Strock of Mount Vernon, Barbara Hoffman of Sedro-Woolley and Susie Ovenell of Quincy; two brothers-in-law, Orville Riggles of Mount Vernon and Charlie Riggles of Sedro-Woolley; special nephew, Ray Riggles; nine grandchildren, Kim Chadwick, Kelly Beebe, Katherine Edgeston, Chris (Jeff) Anderson, Jeanne (Carter) Aungst, Shelly (Brett) Black, Tom (Amy) Ovenell, Colin (Teena) Ovenell and Brandon Ovenell; 26 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernie; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rose and Ed Locken, Violet and Joe Whitaker; two son-in-laws, Bob Hoffman and Dave Ovenell.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Northwest and June’s caregivers, Arma, Candy and Shannon for their care.
A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery with Pastor Paul Gibson officiating. Visitation will be available Wednesday from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday from 9am to Noon at Lemley Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to “Helping Hands Food Bank” or a charity of your choice. Share your memories of June and sign the online guest register.