Obituary of June Greenough
June Eileen Greenough:
Great Granddaughter of Henry North, Founder of Lansing 1841,
North descendent of Roger North Boston 1750, and
Descendent of Prime Minister of England, Lord Fredrick North.
June E. Greenough passed away on April 6, 2018 at the age of 93 at Grand Ledge Independence Village.
The youngest daughter of Fred A. Palmer and Marion Irene (Wilcox) Palmer, June was born on April 18, 1924 in Lansing, Michigan and grew up in Mason.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Greenough of 69 years, her parents, 4 brothers & 3 sisters, Neil, Wayne, Robert, Richard, Muriel Baker, Geraldine Spenny, and Elsie Palmer.
Surviving are her 4 children, Richard, David & Robin, James & Shawn, and Deborah & Terry Kubitz, 4 grandchildren Chrissy, Katie, Jared, & Marielle Greenough and many nieces and nephews.
During WWII, June traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to marry Charles from Dansville, who was training to pilot B17 bombers in Army Air Force. They had a secret code to keep track of his 33 missions.
She was interviewed in 2013 on WKAR's Voices of Michigan about her life during WWII.
Recently discovered, June is the great granddaughter of Henry H. North, first pioneer family and first Superintendent of Lansing. In 1841, Henry along with Roswell Everett and Zalmon Holmes petitioned the State to name the city Lansing.
In 1750, June's ancestor, Roger North first arrived in Boston from Westmeath, Ireland & settled in Philadelphia. He was active in the American Revolutionary War with SAR certification. Roger's son, Junior, moved to Lansing, NY then his son Joseph moved to Michigan.
The Roger & Caleb Norths of Westmeath, Ireland were related to Prime Minister, Lord Fredrick North, under King Henry VIII of England. John North went with Cromwell to fight in the Irish England War. In 1650, the Crown granted land to the Norths with 5 castles in Westmeath before sailing to America in 1750.
June is well known in Lansing as the mother of the Greenough family of four children living in South Lansing from the1950s to 1970s. June's high standards encouraged them to excel in scholastics and sports. Ironically all June's children attended Everett High School not knowing they were related to Roswell Everett by marriage who donated the land for first Everett School
June worked at the Lansing Community College. She was well liked by many who knew her from LCC, her children's school activities, other associations and Bunco. She was the kind loving mother who managed the family and was a great cook insisting on making everything from scratch!
June was also an ovarian cancer survivor of 16 years.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to family friend Tom Kurkowski and the staff at Independence Village for the loving care they gave to June. Funeral visitation will start at 11:30 am Monday, April 16, 2018 with Funeral service at 1 pm at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing, MI with Pastor Rob Cook , Mount Hope United Methodist Church officiating. Contributions in memory June may be made to Mount Hope United Methodist Church.