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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 11:00 am

A. June Dickey, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at her home in Kingwood, Texas from natural causes. Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, June is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Margaret Dickey of Spearfish; beloved sisters, El'Louise Eaton and Marjorie Johnson; sister-in-law June Rumery Dickey; and brother-in-law Max Johnson.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew this wonderfully kindhearted, loving and humble lady.

Born on Jan. 25, 1926 in Spearfish, June lived a remarkable life with childhood, adult and tennis friends worldwide. A highly accomplished educator and athlete, June was inducted into her Spearfish High School original Hall of Fame class in 2003.  She graduated from Principia College in 1948 where she earned 15 varsity letters in tennis, basketball, field hockey and softball.  She earned her MSc in Physical Education from LSU with a 4.0 GPA and subsequently headed the Women's Physical Intramural Departments at LSU (1971-1976) and Rice University (1976-1980).  She achieved national United States Tennis Association No. 1 rankings in both singles and doubles in various women senior age divisions and won over 30 USTA national tennis titles in seniors womens tennis. She represented the United States on the European International Veterans and Friendship Cup tennis teams and twice won the USTA seniors tennis grand slam in 2003 and 2004 winning national championships on all four tennis surfaces with her long time friend and doubles partner, Elaine Mason. While rearing her three children in Baton Rouge, La. she was Women's City Bowling Champion (1968-1972) and President of the City Women's Golf Association.  June was a past Christian Science Organization Reader, past President of the Christian Science Women's Organization, Student Council Member and member of Phi Alpha Eta Honor Society at Principia.  

Beyond these remarkable accomplishments, June exemplified an uncommon grace and humility never speaking of herself but delighting in the love of simply playing and analyzing many sports. She always tried to bring out the best in herself and with all whom she worked, played and competed with while applying her understanding of her beloved Christian Science assiduously.  

Married to Robert E. McFall from 1948-1980, June is survived by her three children, Larry McFall, Sandra McFall Kamrath and husband Jack Kamrath, Nancy McFall Clay and husband Peter Clay; brother Clarence A. (Bob) Dickey and wife Carolyn, and grandchildren, Jeremy McFall and wife Nicole and son Austin James (AJ); Alissa McFall; Claudine Kamrath; Angela Kamrath; Kevin Kamrath and daughter Lucy; Jeff Kamrath and wife Ginger; Kyle Kamrath and wife Jessica and daughter Harper; Ann Amato and husband Rob and son Oliver and daughter Lily Ann and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Fondest family meaning is given to June's college roommates and dearest lifetime friends, Lyn Weatherill, Betty Thursby Marshall and Nancy Olsen.  Special love and appreciation is also provided to close friend, Betty Buonasera, who helped immeasurably to care for June in the last years of her life.

Friends are cordially invited to visit her family on Tuesday, March 13 at River Oaks Country Club from 6-8 p.m. for an informal remembrance service of June's life.  In lieu of flowers, donations in June's honor can be made to the charity of your choice or to Principia College, 13,201 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO. 63131-1002.

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