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    Oklee - June Adelle McPherson, 75 died peacefully Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the home she shared with her oldest daughter, Marlene McPherson in Oklee, with family by her side. June had suffered 3 strokes through out her lifetime, multiple episodes of congestive heart failure as well as COPD.
    A graveside service was held Saturday, May 19 at St. Mary's Cemetery in Red Lake on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, where June now rests with her husband Neltson F. McPherson Sr. Officiating for the service was June’s grandson Neltson E. McPherson III. Casket bearers included Steve McPherson and Harold Erno. Honorary casket bearers included Duaine McPherson, Wayne McPherson and Neltson McPherson Jr.
    June was born May 29, 1936 to Harold and Lida Holmes of Kenmare, N.D., where she grew up and went to school. As a young girl growing up in Kenmare, June loved ice skating, music and writing poetry. June had one older sister and two younger.
    In 1952, June met her true love and husband Neltson Frank McPherson Sr. (a.k.a. "Nelty" or "Mac"). Neltson and June were married on Jan. 15, 1953 in Klamath Falls, Ore. Neltson and June lived in various parts of the USA and finally settled on the Oregon coast. By 1962, June had three stepsons and had given birth to two sons and three daughters (the middle daughter "Sheila Mae" had been still born). Over the years on the West Coast June and her family had endured the loss of all or most all of everything they owned multiple times due to a house fire and floods.
    June was a self-taught nurse in the day when that was allowed, in Lincoln City and McMinnville Ore., a total of 12 years. June also did restaurant management at the “Dorchester House” in Lincoln City, Ore., as well as book keeper/secretary for her husbands roofing Business “Mac Roofing.” June owned a plant shop as well as a dog grooming business. June was very involved in square dancing both as a dancer and a caller, she gained many trophies for pool and bowling, she did oil paintings, was a member of “Sweet Adeline’s”, could play any instrument you could put in front of her all by ear and sang beautifully.
    Neltson and June suffered a three-year separation but thankfully were able to reconcile. The family moved inland to McMinnville, Dundee and Dayton for a time and then to Newberg. While living in McMinnville June suffered her first stroke but it was caught immediately and she was quickly able to fully recover. In 1979 Neltson and June decided it was time for Neltson to retire and they decided to move back to Neltson’s home place on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
    Once back in Minnesota they rented & worked in the Bemidji area until they were able to obtain a trailer house to move on to the home place to live in. Once set up in the trailer house they went to work building their home and greenhouse all by hand and mostly just Neltson and June.
    Neltson never really retired and they began roofing again as well as logging. June took over and ran one of the Clearbrook Cafés from previous owner Linda Bellfey until her second stroke made that impossible. June was able to recover but it took much longer this time. June began a job at the Lefsa Plant just outside of Gonvick & then the greenhouses @ her home as well as in Gonvick next to Strand’s grocery store.
    June was very active in gardening, bowling, pool, music and singing once again. June often entertained with her daughter and grandchildren at the local nursing homes in Bagley, Clearbrook and Fosston.
    June loved being the local coordinator for the St.Jude’s Bike-A-Thon held in Gonvick. June had two favorite charities, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Paralized Veterans of America. In 1993 Neltson and June romantically went through a formal ceremony to renew their wedding vows at Faith Bible Chapel of Clover with Pastor Dawson Grover.
    In 1995, June suffered her third and most disabling stroke. June was no longer able to talk or walk. Through long and difficult therapy, June was able to regain independent mobility but was never able to talk again more than a word here and there. Through therapy, June was able to communicate through written word but not sentences per say, only single words or partial words, which did cause much frustration for June as well as her family.
    Yet as time went on they learned to communicate as best they could. June lived for a time with her oldest daughter, then with both daughters and eventually was able to live independently in the Clearbrook apartments. Neltson ended up moving into an apartment across from June so they could be close after plumbing issues drove him out of their Red Lake home. Then their Red Lake home was stripped of all their personal belongings by thieves and then vandalized making it impossible for them to move back. Eventually, Neltson and June were able to find a place together again and their oldest daughter moved in with them as well in the Gully/Fosston area.
    On May 19, 2001, June lost her beloved husband of 48 years to a stomach aneurysm. June also lost her oldest stepson Big Duane McPherson on July 15, 2001. June’s oldest daughter, Marlene had made the decision to purchase a home in Oklee, and she and June moved into the Oklee home in 2003, where June has lived every since.
    As the years passed June’s health condition worsened and she was hospitalized several times becoming weaker each time. Finally, June was sent home March 23, 2012 from the hospital for the last time knowing she did not have much longer to live. She was totally bed ridden. The family had been advised to put June in a nursing home but chose to care for her in the comfort of her own home which the two daughters had promised they would do.
    June is survived by daughters, Marlene McPherson of Oklee, Madora (Harold) Erno of Red Lake Falls; sons, Duaine (Deb) McPherson of Myrtle Creek, Ore., Steve (Antoniette) McPherson of Oklee; stepsons, Wayne McPherson (Marcie) of Castle Rock, Wash., and Neltson (Jan) McPherson Jr. of Portland, Ore; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Diane (Kenny) Chapman of Kansas, and Bonnie Holmes of Idaho; aunt Anne Yunker of Youngstown, Ohio; and Peanut (June’s pet pomadoodle dog).
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Holmes, Lida Schmidtke and stepfather Lyle Schmidtke; husband Neltson; eldest sister, Donna; daughter Sheila; and stepson Big Duane.
    Arrangements were made by family. June’s family would like to thank Brandi Knutson for her sacrifice to help care for her grandma and to family friend Imelda Lewis for her assistance in June’s care; Dr. Ashok Patel and the Hospice Care Team; co-workers/employers (Arctic Cat Inc., Westside Motors of TRF, Inc., and 7 Clans Casino TRF) for their sympathy & financial contributions.
    "My Whole Life Long" by June A McPherson
    My whole life long seems very short
    however many years
    I’ve had a lot of happy times
    & cried a lot of tears
    I thought I’d be forever young
    but then lo & behold
    I looked into the mirror
    & discovered I was old.
    But that is how its meant to be
    beyond this earth I know
    God has reserved a better place
    for you & I to go
    No sickness & no sorrow
    will Heaven’s walls contain
    & every blessed one of us
    shall be brand new again.
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