She may have come from Boston but June Meadows is a “Phoenixvillian” to the core.
June takes pride in saying that “she was no saint” while growing up. At the age of 14 she worked folding sheets in laundry after school. Later working at a variety store.
She graduated from high school at 16, married at 18 and had her first child at 21. In 1952, the Meadows family moved to Phoenixville — adding three more sons to the family. She had several miscarriages due to a RH Factor.
The most devastating was when June carried full-term her “baby girl,” Mary Beth. It was New Year’s Eve 1964 when the baby lost her struggle and died at birth.
RH Factor is an inherited protein found in red blood cells. This cause problems especially during pregnancies. Today, due to medical improvement, it is not heard of as frequent as it once did.
June loves to sew, crotch and knit. She was known to fashion most of her wardrobe.
She worked for the Borough of Phoenixville in the Water, Sewer & Tax Billing Department, retiring after 28-years.
June and Tom Boyer had a special relationship for 14-years — until his death. They enjoyed each other’s company. They traveled and loved to go dancing very Saturday night at the Polish Club or the Audubon Inn.
Her three sons — David Jr., Gary and Ron and their families — are her heart. She is so happy to have the three daughters-in-law that she has. Adding to the family are three grandsons and six great grandchildren. One of her great granddaughters is named Julia after her. Julia is actually June’s birth name.
The entire family live nearby and are very involved in the activities and events of Phoenixville.
About 20 years ago, June started to take art classes at the Senior Center. She got to be quite good. She sold some of her works, gifting some of them to family and friends. The walls of her house are graced with many of her paintings.
June enjoys going to the Senior Center. She plays cards twice a week at the Center and belongs to a once a month card club.
June is looking forward to her 90th birthday in June. Using a cane these days — there is still a lot of spring in her step. She has recently stop driving, a self-imposed decision. She is so fortunate that she can count on family, friends and Uber to keep her on the go.
She did not want me to forget to mention Patches — her feline companion. They keep each other company.
June’s favorite recipe to make for many family events — due to an overwhelming popularity. As today Sunday, May 5th, is Cinco De Mayo this is a great recipe for you try. Not only today for future gatherings.
TACO BEAN DIP
1 can refried beans
8 oz. sour cream
1 pack of taco seasoning
1 small onion – diced
1 green pepper – diced
1 tomato – diced
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
On a large platter spread refried beans. In a bowl, combine taco seasoning with sour cream — spread on top of beans. On top evenly spread onions, green peppers & tomatoes. Now sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Serve with favorite chips. Good for large gatherings or as an appetizer.