June Marie McCracken, 82

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June Marie McCracken, 82, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Kootenai, Idaho.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Laclede Community Church. Pastor Josh Jones will be the officiant with burial following at 1 p.m. in the Evergreen Cemetery in Priest River, Idaho.

Calling hours will be held in the Coffelt Funeral Chapel on Friday, Dec. 13, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

June Marie Bennett was born on Jan. 18, 1937, in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Bill and Dorothy (Wicoff) Bennett. The family moved to Malibu, California, when she was 8 years old where she enjoyed riding horses on the beach and hiking in the hills. At the age of 17, she shot a 4-foot, 8-inch California Diamond Back rattlesnake, with 13 buttons. She attended Malibu schools, graduating from high school in 1955. In 1957 she attended cosmetology school in Santa Monica, California, and worked, as a beautician for years. Friends, neighbors, their kids, or whoever needed it could always get a haircut.

June married her high school sweetheart, Gordon “Bob” McCracken on June 12, 1957. They lived in California until moving to Sagle, Idaho, in 1970, living with Bill and Lola Bennett. They would later establish the McCracken farm in Laclede and raise their three boys, Jeff, Steve and Dennis. She was active in 4-H, helping the boys with their projects. They always had a large garden and June loved her flowers. She was an avid photographer, winning many ribbons at the county fair. Everything was her subject, although she loved old barns and seasonal changes.

In 1975, June became a member of the Laclede Community Church and taught Sunday School. She was a foster mother for many children that have kept in touch with her over the years. She has also sponsored four children through Compassion International and Operation Smile for many years.

She is survived by her brother, Bill (and Lola) Bennett; her three sons, Jeff, Steve and Dennis (Margo) McCracken; six grandchildren, Jessica, Cody, Ashley, Erica, Brandon and Elizabeth McCracken; and also surviving is one great-grandson, Eli McCracken. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Gordon “Bob” McCracken.

Memorials may be made to Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 – 3668; or Operation Smile 3641 Facusty Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA, 23453.

Family and friends are invited to sign June’s online guestbook at coffeltfuneral.com.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Coffelt Funeral Service.

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