WE ARE WELCOMING IN OUR 1ST PARISHIONER OF 2020 — MEET JUNE THOMAS!

Written by Betsy Taylor Calender



It is my honor to introduce to some of you, Mrs. June Thomas. I am going out on a limb to say that most of you might know who she is.  As we all know, even though we don’t have “assigned” seating in church, you will see June sitting on the left side fairly close to the front, and almost ALWAYS wearing a hat! Well, let me tell you a little bit about our parishioner, June Thomas……
 
She emigrated to the states from Wales and settled in York, Pennsylvania in 1929.  After meeting her husband in 1946, they married in 1950 and raised 3 children – 2 boys & 1 girl.  She also has 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, Emma (pictured above in 2015). June has been a member of St. Bartholomew’s since 2 of her grandchildren were baptized here in 1992.
 
As a youngster, she always planned to marry and have children. Even though that part of her life came true, she sadly was widowed in 1973. However, since then she has kept a fulfilling life with her children, grandchildren, friends and church family. 
 
Primarily a homemaker, June went to work at the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County after her kids were older, specifically for the branch concerning Widows’ Support Services until her retirement in 1992.
 
She is very involved with her retirement community of Brooke Grove, from volunteering for the activities committee, to dancing with the Brookettes, a dance troupe that performs throughout the year.  As you can see from the 2nd picture above, every year for the past 6 years, she has dressed up and played Mrs. Claus for their annual holiday party.  AND she bowls every Friday and plays bridge weekly! (I’m honestly tired just writing this —- there is no way I could keep up with her!!)
 
June’s favorite thing about our church is the feeling of “home” she has every time she walks through the doors.  She told me that when she visited the church for the very first
time, she felt a peace as though she was coming home.  Having seen the many changes over the years within our church community, she feels we have grown so much, and that now we are blessed with Reverend Linda.

 
She enjoys musicals that she can sing along with, classical music, AND the classics by the likes of Sinatra, Crosby and Garland!
 
Favorite quote: “Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it”.  It applies to everything, from getting your kids to try new foods, to going on a new adventure.
 
The advice she would give to her 18-year-old self would be to “go for it”!  Having been shy and naïve as a girl, she said she didn’t put herself out there to try new things, as her mother always had to push her to participate in school and local activities.
 
In April, June will be boarding the famous Queen Mary for a cruise to Wales to meet family that she never knew she had – wow! That sounds like a trip of a lifetime and we all wish her safe travels!!