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June and Jean at home in Cedaredge, CO

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A rare photo of June Schwantes (lower left) and Jean Paton together at home together.  There is no identification on the back of the photo.

June Schwantes at home in Harrison, AR

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This is a photo of June Schwantes, who was Jean’s life companion for some 40-odd years.  Jean met June in Hasty, Arkansas, which was June’s hometown.  They lived together for a year in 1965 before moving to Memphis, and then eventually to Cedaredge, Colorado.  June was a evangelical Christian, a RN, who became Director of Nursing at the Medical School of the University of Tennessee.  She continued her nursing career for the next two decades before retiring in 1985.  When I interviewed June in Harrison, Arkansas, last May, she got around slowly with a walker but was articulate, devote, cogent, with a good sense of humor.  June had remarkable recall of events of the past, but like most elderly people had difficulty remembering things that happened yesterday.

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