June Frances James MacDonald passed away at Cape Cod Hospital on May 30.
June was the seventh child born to Francis L. James and Arabelle Cook James on June 26, 1920 on Holway St. in Chatham. Her parents were Wompanoag Indians and came from Gay Head [Aquinnah] Martha's Vineyard. Mr. James was a surfman, a member of the Life Saving Service which later became the Coast Guard, and was stationed at Monomoy Point.
June attended Chatham Schools and graduated from Chatham High School in 1938. She was a graduate from Hyannis State teacher's college in 1942. She taught high school in Provincetown, elementary School in Harwich, and was the local social studies teacher at Chatham High School.
She married Airman Donald E. MacDonald in 1953 when he was stationed at Otis Air Force Base and at many bases around the country. When Donald retired from the service they returned to Chatham and made their home at Cedar Swamp Lane. Donald passed away in December 2003.
June was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in South Orleans having served on monthly committees and also sang in the choir.
She is survived by her son Robin and wife Christa of Pittsfeild and a sister Shirley James Freethy of Harbor Coves, Chathamport.
A memorial service will be held on July 9, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Monument Rd., South Orleans.