June Dunlap Black passed away at the age of 90 at Forsyth Nursing Center, in Forsyth, Missouri after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and other health conditions. She was a lifelong Southern Baptist and lived her Christianity daily.
June Dunlap was born near Waynesville, Missouri, the eldest daughter of Earl and Lucy “Mae” (Graves) Dunlap.
June had an intense love of learning. She graduated from Ash Grove High School at the age of 16 in 1946, qualified for a temporary teaching certificate and taught at the one-room Wolf school in Verona, Missouri. She earned her Associates Degree from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri in 1950, then taught third grade in Bunker, Missouri where she met her husband. June and her young daughter later moved to Branson, Missouri where she worked at People’s Bank for 9 years, before obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in 1966 and Master’s degree in 1970 from Southwest Missouri State College. She enjoyed her teaching career, retiring in 1991 after teaching 25 years in the Branson, Missouri School system.
June Dunlap Black was preceded in death by her father, Earl Charles Dunlap and her mother, Lucy Mae Graves Dunlap.
She is survived by her sister, Louise Dunlap Taylor of Walnut Shade, Missouri, her daughter, Gloria Black Ruffin Surgi (Neil) of Branson, Missouri; three grandchildren: Heather Michele Ruffin Candler (Chase) of Cushing, Oklahoma, J. Scott Ruffin (Kay Ann) of Snoqualmie, Washington, Brandon Craig Ruffin (Noy) of Aliso Viejo, California; step grandson, Chris Surgi of Houston, Texas and 11 great grandchildren.
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