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June Linda Cole was born on March 23, 1948, to Gwendolyn Jones and Joseph Cole in Brooklyn, NY. She was the oldest of five children; three brothers and one sister. June grew up in a Christian home and regularly attended church and Sunday school at Gospel Hall in Harlem, NY.
June graduated from Edward W. Stitt Junior High School (I.S. 164) located around the corner from her grandparents Joseph and Pricilla Jones's home where she and her siblings grew up in Washington Heights, NY. She attended James Monroe High School in the Bronx, NY where she earned her high school diploma. She went on to complete her certification in Keypunching and Data Entry which she excelled at. This enabled her to seek employment opportunities that required this skill set. She later took a job with the NYC Police Department as a Police Administrative Aide. She held that job until she re-located to Phoenix, Arizona in 1987 with her son William. Upon arriving in Phoenix, she became a County Clerk with the Maricopa County Superior Court. She assisted attorneys and the public with filing court various documents including divorce papers, child support orders, civil suits, and other court documents. She was very good at this and would often help her friends, neighbors, and anyone at her church who needed assistance with filling out the documents while maintaining confidentiality.
If you knew June you knew that she was a “Goal-Getter and a “Go-Getter”. Even with four children to raise you could find June walking quickly in her high heels to drop her kids off at the babysitter so she could get to work. She often held down part-time gigs in addition to her full-time job. At times she would take her kids to work with her on weekends to make overtime. Her work ethic was something she instilled in her children who themselves accomplished their goals and didn’t let life or obstacles stop them from achieving what they set out to do. June was a no-nonsense woman, if she had something to say she said it loud and proud. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and would always speak about them and let them know she was proud of their accomplishments. No matter what, she was always being a mom even when her children were grown adults.
June loved to shop and dress and was an avid shoe lover. People always complimented her on her outfits and shoes. Many of the styles that they are bringing back were the same styles June would wear when she was in her 20s and 30s.
June also loved to travel when she had the chance. If she could not find a travel partner she would often go on cruises and travel out of the country on her own. People would ask her “how can you travel by yourself”? She would let you know that she didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to travel and the bonus was, that she met many nice people while traveling alone. June also loved some well-cooked food and loved dining out or having some home-cooked meals. She wasn’t a great cook but it didn’t stop her from trying. Food Network, HGTV, PBS, and HSN were some of her favorite channels to watch.
While in Arizona June rededicated her life back to Christ. She became a member at Azusa World Ministries. Her love for the Lord sparked her to study ministry training offered at Azusa. She became a certified ordained minister in 2000. June always found time to reach out to the community to share the Gospel and witness to people the love of Christ. One thing for sure and two things for certain June was going to send you e-mails, share scriptures, mail you pamphlets and books on how Christ loved us, the importance of turning your life around and giving it to Christ. She later became a member at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church where she became lifelong friends with other parishioners whom she enjoyed worshipping and enjoying church activities with.
June attended Carrington College and graduated in 2013 and earned a certificate as a Pharmacy Technician. She worked for CareMark Pharmacy for a short time before being diagnosed with renal failure and had to start dialysis treatment. Despite the diagnosis, she continued to work until she was unable to. She eventually retired from Humana as a Pharmacy Tech. This did not stop June from continuing to serve the Lord in any capacity that she could. She would often travel to New York and New Jersey to visit family and friends. She later moved back east to Trenton, New Jersey to be closer and spend time with her mother, children, and many grandchildren. Once she settled in New Jersey, she attended New Hope Church of God & Christ in Hamilton, NJ (Bishop Bonapart). She later started attending and became a member of Grace Community Church in Trenton, NJ (Pastor Evans) and became sister-friends in Christ with Sister Linda Milton.
June announced earlier this year that she was moving back to the warmer climate of Arizona. Unfortunately, due to her declining health, her move was put on hold. She passed away before she had the chance to move back to Arizona. She will be missed dearly by her Arizona family and best friends Ardell, Renée, and Rosie who were all looking forward to her return.
She would not want us to mourn her but instead; celebrate her life and legacy. She leaves behind her children, Todd, Chantell, Nicole, and William Touré. Her brother Gregory Cole and her sister-in-law Denise Cole. Her sister Patricia Stuart and brother-in-law Albert Stuart. Her grandchildren; Tiffany Touré, Michael Super Jr., Tenia Bey, Tashena Smith, Tyler Touré, Bri’Anna Touré, Chalese Watson, Keyana Touré, Kenna Touré, Carla Fisher, Quincy Barnett, Azura Barnett and Amare Touré. Great grandchildren; Noni, Kiora, Kal’el, Zaetora, and Marcellus. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, her church family, and many dear friends.
June joins her grandparents, her parents, brothers Robert and Anthony Cole, and her daughter Lynn Ann Touré who all pre-deceased her.
We will all miss her but we know she is no longer in pain, but sitting with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her heavenly Father El Elyon.
Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints. ~ Psalm 116:15 (NKJ)
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have EVERLASTING Life. ~ John 3:16 (NKJ)
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. ~ John 14:2-3 (NKJ)
His Lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord. ~ Matthew 25:21 (NKJ)