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Carolyn June Smith

7 April, 193428 October, 2020
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Carolyn June Smith (June) passed away peacefully with family at her side on October 28, 2020. She was 86 ½ years young. She put up a tough fight but made the decision it was time for her to go collect her mansion with big white pillars in heaven.

June was one of eleven children and is survived by Aunt Joyce, six kids - Jimmy Witt, Carolyn Gladbach, William (Billy) Darnell, Polly Blackwell, Robert (Bobby) Darnell and John (Johnny) Darnell. However, she was Mom to many of our friends and raised them right along with us. She was the cherished “Grandma June” by not only thirteen Grandkids and seven Great Grandkids, but by all their friends as well! June had a modest upbringing in Evansville, Indiana and dearly loved her “Mother” and “Daddy”. William (Bill) D. and Vada L. Moorhead. We grew up hearing stories of the antics her and her siblings got themselves into and saw some of the scars from the less successful ones. She learned, what would now be called “holistic remedies” for ailments that kept us healthy. Have you ever eaten a poison ivy leaf or had your throat swabbed? Not fun, but they worked great!

June married our Dad, Jack Darnell and raised us six kids here in Phoenix. They were young when they married and practically grew up together. We were taught that God comes first and that we are not better than anyone else and no one else is better than us. Dad grew up in Kentucky so EVERY year, we drove back to spend two weeks with our families in Indiana and Kentucky. Looking back, we are all so grateful for those vacations because otherwise we would not know how much fun our relatives are. Later June married William (Bill) Smith. Yup, she became Mrs. BS and you bet we teased her about that! Along with Bill, we added three additional siblings and two more Grandchildren to the mix. We are so grateful that they dearly loved her as well.

At 46 years old, June went back to school and received her GED. She attended nursing school and worked as an LPN for many years in both Phoenix and Lake Havasu. Her favorite part of nursing was when she got to rock the babies in the nursery. After nursing, she worked at Target until she finally retired. June wanted her family and loved ones to know how special each and every one of you were to her. If you ever feel bad about yourself and think you do not matter, think again. YOU, were loved and cherished by June and YOU made a huge difference in her life and made her feel loved and cherished by YOU. Our family is forever grateful to the people who became our extended family because of your love for our Mom. She had no idea how many lives she changed just by loving people for who they are. Goodbye Mom and we will all make you proud by continuing your legacy of love and the importance of family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to whichever charity you connect with the most. Foster kids had a huge place in not only June's heart, but our whole family's. A lot of times kids are taken from their homes in the middle of the night with only the clothes on their backs. AZ Helping Hands provides coats, clothing, school supplies, diapers, bicycles etc., all new to start them off in their new homes. You can donate online or mail in a donation.

Arizona Helping Hands 3110 East Thunderbird Road, Suite 100 Phoenix, Arizona 85032 To donate online, please visit the following link and select “yes” when asked to dedicate the donation and include your June's name. https://azhelpinghands.org/give/#give-now June was a breast cancer survivor so the family has included this link and requests that donations be made in her name for breast cancer research.

https://www.cancerresearch.org/join-the-cause/donate/one-time-donation

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Carolyn Gladbach

12 November 2020

I miss my mom but know I will see her again. Not everyone can say that there mom was there best friend. The first time I tried to make home made gravy. I kept adding milk instead of water and it came out of the skillet like pizza slices, it tasted good so they told me lol, but mom never laughed at me when things went wrong she was a good teacher. I now can cook very good because of her.

Karen Morgan

1 November 2020

I am so lucky to have known June. I first met her at a brides shower, for her Daughters, my friend Polly. Over the years since then I have gotten to know her and loved the times we spent together. As you all know a intelligent loving person, she accepted me into this precious family. My last time with her allowed me tone helpful and kind to her. I will miss her company and the embracing love she showed everyone, including me. Now she has gone home and because I know that I can be happy for this phase of who she is.

Sylvia Williamson

31 October 2020

My 2nd Momma, there are to many memories of my childhood to mention. I mostly remember the smell of your kithen, your warm smile and you showing us outside while you cooked. As a adult I remember being in Texas, you and I going to Target and your speeding driving scared the wits out of me. You told me to relax with a quick explanation of how important it is to always be the car in front. I laugh at this memory with tears of joy at remembering your amazing spirit and your ability to give love and make me always feel loved as if I was one of your own. I pray for your beautiful children who are more like siblings then friends. I love you June, thank you for filling my childhood and my life with the best of memories and for always loving me. You are now in a place of peace and looking down and watching us all which brings helps ease the loss of your physical presence. God Bless the family during this time and may God grant you peace in remembering an amazing woman who spread her light upon us all. Love you always. I'm there in spirit! Sylvia

Becky Salazar

30 October 2020

Best mom ever...and she wasn’t even mine!! Very loving lady. She was an angel for my dad.

DEBRA DARNELL

30 October 2020

This wonderful lady was the best mother-in-law I could have ever hoped for. We had many conversations about important things and silly things. June never ceased to make me feel loved and special. She had a heart of gold. I am glad that we will see each other again in Heaven one day.

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