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87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA

OBITUARY

June Mitchell Douglas-White

June 19, 1926July 17, 2020
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June Mitchell Douglas-White, 94, of Chatham, passed away on Friday July 17th, 2020.

June was born to the late William and Bertha McNeill Mitchell on June 19, 1926 in Medford MA. June graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in 1945, and the Erskine School in 1947. She married the late Herbert T. (Doug) Douglas in 1950 and they lived in Hadlyme, CT and Old Westbury, NY before relocating to Chatham in 1970. June married the late John E. (Jack) White in 1990 following Doug’s death in 1987. She was predeceased by her sisters Janet Green and Priscilla Mitchell, both Cape Cod residents.

June was social secretary to Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney for over 25 years until her retirement in 1991. She sometimes joined Mrs. Whitney on her travels (including trips to Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid and Sarajevo), and she learned to speak Spanish so she could communicate with the staff at Mrs. Whitney’s home in Majorca, Spain. In the course of her work, June met celebrities, politicians, and foreign dignitaries.

June was passionate about community theater, especially on Cape Cod. She held leadership roles at the Chatham Drama Guild (CDG) and performed in shows at nearly all theater companies across the Cape. She also appeared in two movies filmed on the Cape. In addition to being on stage and in front of the camera, June worked behind the scenes directing and stage-managing plays, writing the CDG newsletter for many years, and running the box office. When she wasn’t directly involved in a production, June supported the shows as a member of the audience!

June also volunteered in retirement as a reader for the blind at the Chatham Council on Aging, and she delivered Meals-on-Wheels for over 25 years. She was a very caring and compassionate person, and she truly loved helping others. She had a wonderful network of kind, caring, and generous friends on the Cape and beyond.

June played bridge and was an avid reader and a prolific and skilled writer. Her interest in writing dated back to her college days where she was noted for her creative short stories and poems. She continued to write throughout her adult life and was a long-standing member of a writers group based in Chatham. She definitely had a way with words!

June is survived by her son Cameron Douglas and his wife Becki of PA; Jack’s daughter Jennifer Frei and her husband Bill of NC; Jack’s son Brad White and his wife Darlene of Chatham; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her niece Carol Judson and her husband Eric of FL; niece Judy Longo of CO; cousin Jan Hively and her partner Tom Lacy of Yarmouth; and her cousin Phyllis Stimson of MI. June loved getting together with her family and always looked forward to attending and hosting McNeill reunions on the Cape.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cape Cod Theatre Coalition, c/o HJT, PO Box 168, West Harwich, MA 02671.

A Celebration of June's life will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham on Aug. 15, 2020 at 10 AM. The family invites you to join virtually through www.nickersonfunerals.com or in person by reservation only. Face masks and social distancing practices will be in place.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
15 August

A Celebration of June's Life

10:00 am

Nickerson Funeral Home

87 Crowell Road
Chatham, Massachusetts 02633

The family invites you to join virtually by clicking the Livestream button to the right or in person by reservation only. Face masks and social distancing practices will be in place.

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Jackie Bain

August 14, 2020

June has been a close friend of mine for sixty years, and an important loved one to my family. She was a compassionate woman, and in all the years that I knew her, I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone.
She is missed.

Eric Judson

August 12, 2020

I first met June in 1977, when introduced by her niece, Carol, who became my wife. Over the next four decades we enjoyed visiting her in Chatham, and having her visit us in Maine and Florida. I will always remember the Christmases we spent with June. One of her traditions was a Christmas stocking for everyone, and we all had to get two gifts for each person. One year it was hilarious when we all received sunglasses and had a group picture taken. We were always warmly welcomed, and well taken care of. We shared many good times, and many great stories. June was a wonderful cook, a wonderful hostess, and a dear friend.

Dorothy (Dolly) Howell

August 12, 2020

June and I met because we both needed a partner in bridge. She was a wonderful partner and very adapted to helping my rusty skills. Always a wonderful hostess and kind and considerate of others. I have driven by her house frequently and wondered how she was doing.

We had something in common other than bridge. We had both attended Colby Junior College. She when it was named that and I when it was named Colby Sawyer Junior College. We had an entirely different experience, it was a connection still.

Mary Chesnut

August 11, 2020

Like many of you, we've known June in many places; bridge, canasta, theater. But my association was unique. Delivering weekend “Meals On Wheels” from the Council on Aging every Friday for over 25 years! We drove most every street, road or backroad in our assigned section of town monitoring our elders as some even moved from their own homes to their children's at the end of their lives.

I’ve missed June these last few years when she could no longer be my partner, but was able to see her on her final day as I took a card to her house to say goodbye.

Mary Parsons

August 10, 2020

As a wonderful friend I was so sorry to hear of Junes passing. We had a great time playing bridge together and she was a superb player. You never had to ask June twice if she was up to a game. Loved hearing how she would take an ad from the Classified Section of the newspaper and do a story on it. A very creative gal. From all her stories she certainly had wonderful life.

Sorcha Douglas

August 9, 2020

While I didn’t get to know my grandmother earlier in her life, I did get to see how she lived life to the fullest as she got older. Her delivering Meals-on-Wheels until about 90 was exemplary of the kind of person she was - thoughtful, loving, and inspirational in her energy to act in the service of others.

She did so many things that defied her age - bridge club, writing club, all her work in theater and particularly the Chatham Drama Guild. She was a world traveler, too. I’ve looked up to her seemingly unstoppable energy in the hope that I’ll have that too.

When I was in college, I wrote a paper for a geography class about Cape Cod. When she heard that I was doing so, to assist she sent me books on the Cape and had a picture that I liked reproduced for me and mailed to me, which I treasure. I treasure not the original but the reproduction she sent me, because that gesture was so illustrative of who she was and the way she loved her family. She did more than heed the call, which shows just how special she was.

I have countless more memories of her, tied to summers on the Cape, holidays, and big milestones. She had a hearty laugh and a sharp wit, and Christmases without that laugh will be quite different.

I know how much she valued writing, was an avid reader, and loved literature. She was a woman of words, for sure. But what I remember most distinctly were her actions and how she treated others, which were strong-willed, compassionate, and loving.

Mary Chris Kenney

August 2, 2020

I had the great honor of sharing the stage several times with this classic lady, June. But our last show "Made in Heaven", a one act by Candace Perry, at Wellfleet, was particularly poignant. She played a southern D.O.C. widow entering heaven where she'd receive her heart shaped box with the name of her eternal love.Though she reacted with credible indignancy upon discovering he was her Black gardener, June was able to demonstrate her true love with just her smile. Simplicity in acting was just one of her gifts which she shared. We all are better as a result of knowing her.

Richard Douglas Jr

August 2, 2020

Cameron and family - I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. She certainly led a very interesting life. I called her several years ago to tell her how exciting it was for me to see her mentioned in a biography of the newswoman Jessica Savitch, who was preparing to interview Mrs. Whitney. Your mom was very generous at Christmas, and I enjoyed wearing the shirts she chose for me. I have memories of the Corvairs that she and your dad drove. I'm very sorry that we lost touch in recent years, but Mary Ann kept me up-to-date on her correspondence with June, until her own death, on July 24 of this year, in Henniker. Your parents were very special people in my life and I will continue to remember them fondly. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

Nina Schuessler

July 19, 2020

June was my neighbor across the street for 44 years. As a young couple we enjoyed her company with Doug and later, Jack. We enjoyed working in theatre together; her beloved Chatham Drama Guild and Cape Cod Theatre Company / Harwich Jr. Theatre. We had so much fun at her New Year's Day Open House over the years. June’s regal demeanor, incisive wit, dry humor, intelligence and kindness will always be remembered. She was a great actress and I looked up to her. May her memory forever bless. I feel deep gratitude for her friendship. Condolences to Cameron, his family, and her dear friends.

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Baby photo

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Onstage at Colby College, 1940s

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Erskine Yearbook photo, 1940s

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Erskine Yearbook poem, 1940s

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JGM engagement photo

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McNeill Family Tree - June descended through Bertha McNeill

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Enjoying a laugh with theater pals, 1970s

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At a Whitney gala, 1980s

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Carle Place, Long Island, 1985

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