June Walters

Thursday, June 26, 2008

SIKESTON, Mo. -- June Lansing Walters, 84, of Sikeston died Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at the home of Dr. and Mrs. James T. Hall in Cape Girardeau, surrounded by members of her family.

She was born Nov. 23, 1923, in Collinsville, Ill., daughter of Raymond and Bessie Ogle Lansing. She and Horace Walters were married Nov. 12, 1944, in Advance, Mo.

She was a graduate of Central Baptist Junior College for Women in Conway, Ark., and Southeast Missouri State University where she received a bachelor of science in education and a master of science in guidance and counseling.

Mrs. Walters taught many years in Advance, Campbell and Sikeston, beginning in 1943 in a one-room school in Tillman, Mo. She was the charter president of Advance's first Parent Teacher Organization and was a Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout den mother, member of American Association of University Women, Retired Teachers Association of Missouri, and for more than 60 years a member of the Methodist Church.

She was an avid bridge player and accomplished bridge teacher. She maintained friendships with many former public school students throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband, Horace Walters of Sikeston; two daughters, Cynthia Walters Hall and husband Dr. James T. Hall of Cape Girardeau; Robin Walters Goertz and husband Dr. Steven Goertz of Port-au-Prince, Haiti; seven grandchildren, Regen Hall and fiance Collin Beachum of Cape Girardeau; Ashley Hall Jones and husband Andrew Jones of London, England; Hunter Goertz of Gainesville, Fla.; Mackenzie Goertz of St. Augustine, Fla.; Hans Goertz of Mozambique, Africa; and Lance and Jason Walters, along with their mother, Ladona Whiteaker Walters, of Austin, Texas.

She was preceded in death by a son, Lance Walters; a brother, Norvell Lansing; and a nephew, Jimmy Ray Lansing, as well as her parents.

Visitation will be at noon Monday at First Methodist Church's Dempster Memorial Chapel in Sikeston.

The funeral will follow at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Ponder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests that memorials be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Southeast Hospice.