Elder June Walker Price
01/03/1927 – 01/09/2016
Elder June Walker Price passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter and son in law on Feb. 9,2016. She was surrounded by family and friends.
June was born in Fresno, California to William and Elbe Walker.
She lived over half her life in the Kern River Valley. She was very involved in the community. She was an elder and chairwoman for the K.V.I.C. She worked tirelessly for over 30 years to get Federal recognition for her Paiute Tribe. She was a member of the K.V. golden Girls, K.V. Historical Society, The Native American Heritage Preservation Council of Kern County, the Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Nuui Cunni Native American Intertribal Cultural Center, and The Lake Isabella Moose Lodge. She was Instrumental in getting plaques on rocks depicting Yokut language along the Kern River Bike Path, as well as planting trees in Yokuts Park in honor of Native American members. She was very proud of her heritage and proud to say she was Paiute Indian. During her life she worked as a waitress at the Cozy Corner and retail clerk at Primos. In her later years she was a caregiver to the elderly.
She was a very giving person, always ready to help those less fortunate than herself.
She lived life to the fullest. She loved sports: baseball, bowling, quick draw, cards and games. But her life’s joys were family, friends and her cats, Remmi and Gracie Lynn. For the past 5 years she enjoyed meeting with cousins and friends the second Thursday of every month. They were known as the Birthday Girls. She was very proud to be part of 5 generations. Her life’s passion was working on getting her tribe federal recognition.
She married John Price and had 5 children, Nancy, Sharon, Jack, Jimmy and Nick.
June is survived by her brother Robert “Bud” Walker and his wife Janice. Her daughter Sharon and husband Gregg Mulholland, sons Jack Price and wife Angie, Jimmy Price and wife Dottie, Nick Price and wife Sas. Nine Grandchildren, 15 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren. Along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Her daughter Nancy Price, Granddaughter Amber Rae Price Royal, Grandsons Greg Greenwood and Johnny Price, preceded her in death.
Services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Rd., at 11:00am. You are invited to a celebration of life to be held at 5500 Fruitvale Ave., Bakersfield, following graveside services. Please join us for food and to share stories.
Friday, February 19, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM