June E. Davie
June 8, 1922 – May 14, 2018
June Eleanor Meakins Davie June 8, 1922 – May 14, 2018
On Monday, May 14th, June Eleanor Meakins Davie, of Rockledge, Florida, entered into Eternal Rest at the age of 95 years and 11 months.
June was born in Brooklyn, New York to Eleanor and Joseph Meakins on June 8th, 1922 and was raised in the city she loved so very much. She often told stories of her childhood; even though she was deemed “a sickly child”, she preferred playing with the boys because it was more exciting than playing with dolls! And, she knew she could run fast! Later she would don high heels and pearls to walk many blocks through the city to Hunter College, even on the coldest of days when the icy winds would blow.
As a young woman, June got her first job as a bookkeeper at Rheingold Brewery in New York. It was an austere time in this county, but she and her young friends would often gather at ‘the hall’ to fight over which record to buy for their ‘club’, and spend hours and hours dancing the nights away. It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Donald Davie.
This was wartime – World War II – Don went off to war with the other boys; June was working in New York and they wrote love letters back and forth over this time, fanning the flames of young love. Finally, the war ended, Don came home, and soon June and Don were married on January 1, 1946. It wasn’t long before they started their family of five children and many moves from New York, to Virginia, back to New York, and then to Florida where they stayed until 1970, when they moved to Burlington, Vermont for a few years, then made their way south again with a couple of years in Virginia, then back to Florida. It was in Florida that they retired.
During all these years, and all the moves, June tended to her family. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly and said, even in the last weeks of her life, how she felt that her life was so blessed because of her children. She was so proud of them and how much fun they all were. June felt that she didn’t know anything about children because she was raised as an only child, so she had to learn about children from her own children! She felt strongly that children should have dogs; Jiggs was first, then Punch was the favorite family dog, followed by several others: Cocoa, Ditto, and Rusty. Jacques was her last little fur friend. She always believed that being a wife and mother was the most important thing in her life.
June Davie was truly a servant of God and man. She found time, even in the midst of raising five kids, to participate in many church and community organizations. There were the garden clubs, Bible studies and prayer groups. She served in her churches, was involved in prison ministries, volunteered at the hospitals and libraries. Never one to be idle, she even studied and got a real estate license and sold property for a while. She served on committees at the condominium association where she resided, and even this last year, with eyesight rapidly failing, she spent time making knitted hats and scarves as part of a ministry in her local church.
To June, her family was her everything. She is pre-deceased by her husband Donald Davie, and her second son, Donald F. Davie. Survivors include her son Joseph (Beth) of Rockledge, Florida, her daughters Ellen Gardner (Daniel), of Tampa, Florida, Susan Kunda (Robert), of Loxahatchee, Florida, and Nancy Pierce (Frank), of Cape Coral, Florida and Leadville, Colorado. Grandchildren include Kati Craig, Joseph C. Davie, Meg Chatman, Jenny Foster, Donald A. Davie, Chris Gardner, Grace Gardner, and Heather Davie. Great grandchildren are Ian Craig, Caroline Craig, Anna Beth Craig, Olivia Davie, Anderson Davie, McKinlee Chatman, Reilly Chatman, Avery Chatman, Marjorie Foster, Andrew Foster, Donald H. Davie, Grant Gardner and Avery Gardner.
Services to celebrate June’s coronation will be held at Fountainhead Memorial on Babcock Street in Palm Bay. The family will receive friends from noon until services at 2pm on Thursday, May 17th. Burial at Fountainhead Memorial Park will take place immediately following the service.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Joe Davie, 976 Bridle Lane, Rockledge, Fl. 32955.
- Visitation Thursday, May 17, 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, May 17, 2018