June Fishel Watters


June Fishel Watters was a longtime Harborite that passed away peacefully on March 17, 2013, at her home in Hoquiam at the age of 92.

June was the youngest of ten children and was born on June 11, 1920, to pioneer family Earnest Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Eagan) Fishel and was raised on the Fishel family homestead on Burn Road in Neilton, Washington. June attended school at Lake Quinault and graduated in 1938.

On July 9, 1940, with her father, Earnest, officiating the ceremony, June married William “Billy” Grant Watters and took her vows very seriously.

In 1953, June’s sixth child, Wilbur, was born with cerebral palsy. June made numerous trips with him on her own to Childrens Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle on the Greyhound bus from Hoquiam in which she would take younger and older siblings along.

In 1957, her husband Billy built a house for them at the end of Burn Road on three acres of the Fishel family homestead. Although the house was unfinished at the time they moved in from the log house on Burn Road into their new house, where they raised eight children in this new home filled with warmth and love. They raised a large garden and had a cow, chickens, rabbits and pigs. June made her own butter and canned a variety of fruits and vegetables and meats and fish. June also did a lot of sewing while all of the kids were growing up. June was involved with the Childrens Orthopedic Hospital Auxiliary; the Grandmothers Club and a lifelong member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Neilton.

June loved to sing and play the piano and had a real passion for flowers. June was well known for her ability to talk and write letters to relatives and friends and she continued to do so into her late 80’s. June loved to watch birds from her window and she named a lot of them. She also had a real love for all of her cats.

In 1971, her husband of 31 years, Billy passed away. Although things were always a challenge, June pulled everything together for her children that were still at home. June moved to Hoquiam in 1972 with her son, Wilbur, who lived with her until his death in 2008. June held several different jobs over the years like operating a daycare where she took care of children from Montesano to Lake Quinault, and the Lake Quinault Lodge, Colonial West in Hoquiam and the job she retired from in 1985 which was Grays Harbor Convalescent Center in Aberdeen.

June’s surviving family member are her children, Antone “Tony” and Marcia Watters, Alert and Mary Watters, Lenneia and Gary Tudor, Mary Higgins and Wanda Binion; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She loved them all unconditionally.

June’s was preceded her in death by her father and mother, Ernest Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Eagan) Fishel; husband, Billy; sons, Warren and Wilbur; daughters, Ruth Bray and Mary Jane (three hours old); grandson, Joseph Allan Binion (six weeks old); daughter-in-law, Kathy Watters; sons-in-law, Lester Shye and Frank Higgins; brothers, Earnest Edward Fishel (that died at the age of 1 1/2 years old), Asa, Paul, Ralph, Edward, Lawrence and their wives; and her sisters, Esther Havens, Alta McInnis, Dorcas Trafton and their husbands.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Community of Christ Church in Neilton with her nephews, Glen Fishel and Dale Fishel officiating. A potluck gathering for family and friends will follow. Inurnment will he held later in the day at the Lake Quinault Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made in her name to the Community of Christ Church of Neilton Sidewalk Fund.

Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.

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