Born June Quisenberry on June 16, 1927 in Modesto, CA. June grew up in west Modesto and then the Ceres area. The Quisenberry name was well known back in June’s earlier years and both Muncy and Quisenberry roads located just outside of Ceres are named after her family. June attended Jennings Grammar School and graduated from Ceres High School in 1945.
June was born with only one hand which many would think was a handicap but she was determined to accomplish anything anyone else could, and she did, including water skiing and riding her own dirt bike.
June worked downtown for the Modesto Toy Store, eventually opening her own business, Pete’s Hobby Shop on J Street, which she and her husband Pete Canning sold in 1971.
After several years of volunteer work June went back to work running the Snack Bar at Downy High School, until she retired completely. Once Pete retired they became Snow Birds driving their Bounder RV all over the United States, wintering in Arizona. In 1996 they retired from Snow Birding and moved to Turlock where she lived until her death.
June was involved in many groups including the Native Daughters, Emblem Club, and Sewing Club. She was an Ambassador at Paramount Court Senior Living, where she lived from 2013 until her death.
In her later years, June’s favorite activity was going to Black Oak Casino to play her “monkey machine,” a “lucky” slot machine that treated her very well.
June was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 50 years, Pete Canning; parents, Clarence and Irene Quisenberry; sister, Dorothy Winstead, and brother, Richard Quisenberry. She is survived by her three children, Michael Shively and his partner, John Wiggins, Don Shively (Karin), and Stevin Shively-Stone; two grandchildren, Kristen Souza (Andy), and David Shively (Carri); and four great grandchildren.
A graveside service is scheduled at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, CA, on Friday December 16, at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity.