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June Anita Braun
October 28, 1946 ~ November 25, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
June A. Braun, a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother with a passion for life and laughter joined our Heavenly Father on November 25, 2023. Born in 1946 in Buffalo Valley, Oklahoma, June moved to California at a young age with her parents Herman and Dixie Young, her older brother Alton and beloved sister Patricia. June was a devout Christian and possessed a strong faith in God and our Savior Jesus Christ. She spent most of her adult life cultivating that love alongside her beloved parents at Taft Free Will Baptist Church in Taft, where her father was the Deacon. She ardently instilled her faith in her family and shared it with all of those around her.
June graduated from Taft Union High School in 1964. She would often fondly reminisce about her high school years at TUHS. She remained friends with many of her former classmates for her entire life and delighted in their reunions.
After high school, June attended Taft Junior College and began working for Crocker National Bank. On June 21, 1969, June married the love of her life, Donald Braun. Together they had one son, Craig Braun, who was her best friend and weekly lunch companion.
After leaving Crocker National Bank in 1981, June worked for Westside Oilfield Construction as a corporate secretary for ten years. In the early 1990s, June converted her love of antiques into a successful business, Hunter’s Corner, which was located on Center Street in Taft. June traveled throughout the United States, especially to the Mid-West attending antique shows and searching for prized collectibles for her personal collection or to display in her beloved store.
In addition to antiques June enjoyed traveling with her friends, especially her lifelong bestie Sharon Brudenell, taking trips to London, Paris, Rome, New York, and even South Korea. Despite her fondness for travel, the wonders of the outside world paled in comparison to her affection for her hometown of Taft, where she was involved in local politics and lending her support to her husband, Donald, who was a city council member for twelve years. June was also very active for much of her life in various non-profit organizations, including Soroptimist International and the Taft Fort Preservation Society.
June’s greatest love, however, was her family to whom she was completely devoted. She was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, and especially grandmother. She is survived by and will be desperately missed by her loving husband, Donald, her son Craig, daughter-in-law, Annemarie, and her granddaughters Karis and Emma.
The family requests in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Taft Fort Preservation Society or the American Cancer Society.
A very special thank you to The University of San Francisco Oncology team and Hoffman Hospice, we are forever grateful for their unwavering support.
Services will be held on Friday, December 15, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel Westside Cemetery (440 E. Cedar Street, Taft, California).