June (Billings) Bryant

June (Billings) Bryant, 105, of Wareham transitioned peacefully at Tobey Hospital on April 25, 2023. She was the loving wife of the late Willard (Bill) Bryant.

            Born in Brockton on June 29, 1917, June moved to Onset with her family when she was three. She was the devoted daughter of the late Fred Billings and Dorothy (Holmes) Billings.

            June graduated from Wareham High School in 1935 and married Bill in 1942. After World War II, they settled in Buzzards Bay, later moving into the Bryant homestead on Sandwich Road in Wareham, where they raised their family and ran Bryant’s Farm Fruits and Vegetables. In 1962, they purchased Superior Oil, running the business until it was sold in 2005. The couple bought a camp in Bartlett, NH where they explored hiking trails in the White Mountains. They also loved vacationing in Ogunquit, ME. Devoted Boston football fans, they held Patriots season tickets for over 20 years.

            June was a member of the Cates Club, a ladies’ social luncheon group, and over the years took painting classes and enjoyed line-dancing, antiquing, yard sales, and listening to music, especially opera and jazz.

            A life-long learner and enthusiastic reader, June shared many passions with her friends and daughters, including nature walks, swimming at Onset Beach, blueberry-picking (for her homemade pies), arts and crafts projects, and attending performances at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford.

            June continued to live at the old homestead after Bill’s sudden passing in 1994. After 69 years, she moved (at the age of 101) to Keystone Place in Buzzards Bay, where she enjoyed art and exercise classes, musical events, and (always the party girl) the Happy Hours.

            June is survived by her daughters Nona Bryant of Rockland, Beth Bryant of Marlborough, and Ann Bryant of Mattapoisett, grandchildren Kevin Weaver and his wife Amanda Wallas, and Daniel Weaver, 4 nephews, and her beloved care companion of over 7 years, Rita Mattos. June was predeceased by her sister, Natalie (Billings) Boynton, a son, Willard Bryant, Jr., and her sister-in-law, Lena (Bryant) Malone.

            A Celebration of June’s Life will be held on June 29, 2023 (which would have been her 106th birthday), from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at the Onset Bay Center. In lieu of flowers, please donate in June’s memory to CHAMPS Animal Shelter, PO Box 332, Marion, MA 02738.

            Arrangements are by Chapman Funerals & Cremations – Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, visit: www.chapmanfuneral.com.

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