LaGore, L. June

Written by David Green.

L. June LaGore, 87, of Adrian, Mich., died April 22, 2007, at Bixby Medical Center.

She was born Oct. 22, 1919, near Morenci, the daughter of Charles E. and Lillie (Leonard) Shields. She married Cecil LaGore of Jackson on Oct. 28, 1945, and he preceded her in death Nov. 9, 1985.

June was a graduate of Morenci High School and Davis Business College of Toledo. She served as first aid instructor with the American Red Cross during World War II, while working at Hurd Lock.

After the war she helped with the farming, studied with Moody Bible Institute and taught Sunday school for 40 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Morenci for many years, and more recently was a member of the Maple Avenue Bible Church.

June took a course with Famous Artist School and made several paintings. She enjoyed oil painting. During the last 10 years, she studied photography, winning awards and photographing wildlife and flowers.

June is survived by two sons, James (and Kristine) LaGore of Brodbeck, Pa., and Robert (and Sarah) LaGore of Lexington, Ky.; five grandchildren, Chadburn, Camille and Corinne LaGore and Stephen and Amber LaGore; a niece, Patricia Moran, and several other nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, June was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Earl, Verne, Gene, Vance, Verle and Linus Shields; two sisters, Mae Almyra Shields and Blanche Demlow, and a daughter, Judy.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. April 26 at Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian with Pastor Gene Reitz officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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