The Cedar Springs Women’s Club recipient of the 2012 Woman of the Year award is June Mabie. Her husband and family joined in on the surprise at the June meeting of the Women’s Club. June is married to Don and they have three married sons, Kurt, Craig and Tim, along with four grandsons, three granddaughters and three great-granddaughters.
June has been active in many service activities for Woman’s Club and has served on the Nominating Committee and Officers Induction Committee for several years where she uses her wild imagination to keep everyone smiling.
June grew up in the Cedar Springs area, the oldest of six children in the family. She loved the country life but was glad, when after 10th grade, she was able to “go to town” and attend Cedar Springs High School for her Junior and Senior years.
June is a retired teacher who taught 5th grade for most of her career. She likely acquired the love of teaching from her Grandmother Wycoff’s side of the family, since there were a number of teachers for her to appreciate. Her first year of teaching was in the country school located at 17 Mile Road and Olin Lake Road. She then moved to Cedar Springs to teach and taught in Hilltop School, the same building where she had attended high school.
One project she was proud of was having the school bell from the original Union School mounted on a brick pedestal outside at the NW corner of the Hilltop School Gym. The bell had been re-discovered by some family members in the furnace room of the school and she and others thought it should be put outside where it could be seen. The bell and plaque remain there today.
June has traveled to many countries, including France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Greece, but her favorite place is Italy, with its bed and breakfasts and wineries. While she was still teaching, June took part in a Teacher Exchange program and went to Siberia. June enjoys collecting agates at Lake Superior Shorelines and sea shells from the beaches she visits. She also has a natural knack for playing the hammer dulcimer and has entertained many interested listeners over the years. She has a laugh and smile and always, a positive attitude for all she meets.