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June Gawthorp

Published: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 11:20 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 11:44 a.m. CST

June Gawthorp, 92, of Newton, the daughter of Francis and Inez (Bennett) Auston, was born June 6, 1920, in Lansing, Michigan. She graduated from North High School in Lansing.

June, a devoted mother and grandmother, made a decision to move from Lansing when her son was 9 years old, allowing him to be raised in Iowa, to be in a safer environment and to have a better quality of life for all. She was a kind and warm-hearted lady and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

A longtime resident of the Newton area, she was employed as a secretary for the Vernon Company for 24 years. She enjoyed sharing her craft of quilt making with friends, toy ministries in Pella and local residents. She was known as the Tie Lady, making her beautiful quilts from men’s old ties. She was a loyal and faithful member of the Newton Church of the Nazarene, and enjoyed sharing her faith with others.

June died on Sunday evening, Oct. 21, 2012, at her home at Nelson Manor Nursing Home in Newton. June was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service for June will be at a later date in Newton and Arizona. Memorials in June’s name can be left at the Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton, which has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Those left to honor June’s memory include her son and daughter-in-law, L. Leigh and Joan Gawthorp of Fort Mohave, Ariz.; grandson Kyle (Barbara) Gawthorp of Las Vegas, Nev.; granddaughter Danya (Kevin) Ponsness of Gilbert, Ariz.; her step-grandsons: Charles (Gina) Cusumano of Staten Island, N.Y., Steve (Anna) Cusumano of Gilbert, Ariz., and Chris (Jennifer) Cusumano of Dunellen, N.J.; her 15 great-grandchildren; her sister, Mary Henfling of Lansing; and her many friends. A special thank you to June’s good friend, Janice Lyman, for her loving care for June over the years. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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