Gladys “June” Kerns, 85, of Kenwood, departed this world on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on April 30, 1935 in Kenwood, Oklahoma; the daughter of Pete and Birdie “Noon” (Crawford) Burns. June attended school in Eucha, completing the 8th grade, then went to work on the family farm in Kenwood, of which she was the oldest of 7 children. June married Fred Kerns on August 1, 1953 in Jay, Oklahoma; he preceded her in death on July 13, 1998. When they got married, they moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma for 4 years then returned to Kenwood in 1957, where they made their home and raised their boys. When June returned to Kenwood, she went to work for Wickliffe Public Schools as a cook for 11 years then went to Kenwood Public Schools and worked there for 36 years until her retirement in 2011. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her brother and sisters, tending to her pets, and being outdoors. June was known for her amazing hot rolls and cinnamon rolls. If you went to visit June, you were sure to not leave her house hungry. Her family was very important to her and until the last couple years, she made lunch for her family every Sunday. June was loved by many and will be missed dearly on this side of Heaven.
Funeral services for June will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Blue Springs Church in Salina, Oklahoma with Lorne Beck officiating. Burial will follow at Ross Mayes Cemetery in Salina, Oklahoma with Dale Chancellor, Terry Burns, Richard Ingram, Daniel Saffell, Tony Burns, Josh Gibson, Danny Earl Chancellor, Michael Erwin, Eddie Erwin, Tommy Burns, Timmy Burns, and Jerry Lee Nichols serving as casket bearers. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Shipman’s Funeral Home. To leave her family a message, please visit her Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
June is survived by her sons, Freddy (Butch) Kerns and wife Pamela of Adair, Oklahoma and Jackie (Jack) Kerns and wife Barbara of Kenwood, Oklahoma; special son, Jerry Marble and wife Karen of Salina, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Roy Kerns and wife Carla, Melissa Kilpatrick and husband Billy, Marla Craighead and husband Richard, and Andy Kerns and wife Amanda; great grandchildren, Kenzley Kerns, Raymond Kilpatrick, Dylan Craighead, Cassi Craighead, Lainey Craighead, Kirsten Kerns and Sadie Kerns; sisters, Wanda (Bubby) Chancellor and Shirley Burns; sister in law, Linda Burns; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Fred; parents, Pete and Birdie; 3 sisters, Stella and EG Erwin, Peggy and Jerry Strader, and Glenda and Jerry Nichols; brother in law, Norman Chancellor; brother, Charles Burns; and 2 nieces, Sherry Erwin and Tammy Strader.
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