Evelyn June Freitas passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at her home in Grass Valley, Calif. She was 75.
June was born June 6, 1937, to Levi and Agnus DaVault in Norwood, Mo. She was the third of 10 children. In the early 1950s, her parents moved the family to Sacramento, Calif., where they fell on hard times and were forced to leave June and three of her younger brothers and sisters at the Sacramento Children’s Home. Foster parents Bill and Clara Bursill, who owned a large produce ranch in Rough and Ready, took the children in. June enjoyed her time there learning to farm, horseback ride and sew her own clothes. She attended Grass Valley High School where she played all sports and graduated in 1955. In 1958, June entered and was a runner-up in the Miss Nevada County Pageant, she started working as an operator at the Grass Valley Pacific Bell Office, and she met her future husband Walter “Buck” Freitas. June and Buck were married Nov. 26, 1960, in the St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley. They had two daughters, Dottie Frietas Townsend in 1962 and Kathy Freitas in 1969, and one grandson, Conner Townsend, in 1991. She retired from Pacific Bell in 1980. June took many trips to visit her brothers and sisters in Sandpoint, Idaho. She always had a vegetable garden, and she enjoyed shooting her rifle, going to casinos and playing bingo.
June is survived by her husband, Buck; daughters Kathy and Dottie, son in-law John Townsend; and grandson Conner Townsend; all of Grass Valley; siblings Jim DaVault of Sandpoint, Velma Foutch of Tulsa and Dolly Foutch, Darlene Blume and Jim Doss, all of Farmington.
She was preceded in death by siblings Thelma Field, Jack DaVault, Jane Heller and Helen DaVault.
Following June’s wishes, there will be no service, and she will soon rest at the Elster Cemetery on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.
In memoriam of June Freitas: “God saw she was getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around her and whispered, ‘Come with me’; with tearful eyes, we watched her suffer and saw her fade away; although we loved her dearly, we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands to rest; God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.” We love you.