Friendship is paramount for June Labish


June Labish

June and Joe Labish moved around a lot, but still managed to build a strong family. They have four children, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

I was the "new kid on the block" in a group of rural women who called themselves Merry Makers when I first met June Labish. Some of the women stared at me. Others ignored me. June smiled and made me feel welcome.

June and her husband Joe had tackled the 24-hour chore of milking 20 cows on the Boone Mill place. Residents of the Amber area could tell you exactly where that was. The Labish's milk was shipped to Darigold for processing. Tired of the dairy business, June and Joe moved to the wheat hills on Bud Reynolds' place. There they stayed for 12 years.

It was time to move again. Turnbull W...

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