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June Percival
Lathrop Elementrays first secretary
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June Percival, 93, of Lathrop passed away peacefully at home on Friday, February 12, 2010. She was born on June 18, 1916 in Klamath Falls, OR and has resided in Lathrop for over 80 years. June’s career began when she took her first job at the State of California with the Board of Equalization. She later went on to work in the payroll office at Flotill Cannery in Stockton, followed by the Lathrop Post Office where she worked as a substitute mail clerk. She found her most rewarding job when she was hired as the first secretary at Lathrop Elementary School where she worked for 20 years before retiring in 1973.
Mrs. Percival is survived by her brother Hurley Couchman of Modesto; two daughters, Lynne Willson and husband, Irvine; Karen Duke and husband, Duane all of Lathrop; and four grandchildren, Steven Willson; Robyn Mendoza and husband, Larry all of Manteca; Lance Wheeler and wife, Lori of Meridian, Id; Jill Saberniak and husband, Gene of Manteca. She was also blessed with 6 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Charley C. Percival and siblings; Helen Barlogio and Homer Couchman.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, June touched many lives with her kind heart and generosity. She was very involved with her children and grandchildren’s school and extra circular activities; volunteering in the Mother's Club (PTA) and as a 4-H and Girl Scout leader. She also volunteered as a Sunday school for over 35 years at Lathrop Church of Christ, where she was an active member.
June cherished her family dearly and looked forward to their gatherings; the great host and cook she was they eagerly awaited her amazing lemon meringue pies that always had the best crust ever; if ever asked what her secret was she modestly replied “I used a glass bowl.” Often described as a perfectionist she took extreme pride in her home. She enjoyed tending to her yard and garden. She also enjoyed needle point, painting and writing a daily journal for the past two decades. Her love for nature took her on many travel adventures. She was fortunate enough to travel around the world with her late husband Charley; together they visited many extraordinary and beautiful places.
June will be forever remembered as wonderful women with a heart of gold.
Arrangements are under the direction of P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 209 North Union Road, Manteca. Funeral services will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. Mrs. Percival will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband at Park View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Agape Villages, 3160 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 120, San Ramon, CA 94583. An online guest book is available at for condolences and special messages to the family.