June Cuff Smith

Date of Birth

May 20, 1926

Date of Death

November 9, 2018

June Smith, age 92, passed away at Vista Del Monte in Santa Barbara, California on Friday, November 9, 2018.

June was born on May 20, 1926 in Berkeley, California to Harry and Lillian Dick Cuff. Her younger brother, Lester Cuff, passed away on April 18, 2016. June was valedictorian of her class at Fremont High and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and art. While studying at Cal, she met Howard Smith who she married on February 6, 1948. June and Howard had three children and lived in Lafayette, California. June was active in scouts, PTA and the American Association of University Women.

In 1968 the Smith family moved to Hinsdale, Illinois where June continued her service with the Girl Scouts and was also active in AAUW and the Chicago Art Institute. June enjoyed tax law and worked for IRS in Chicago and later for H&R Block in Santa Barbara.

June spent two years in the UK until Howard died on November 21, 1984 at which time she moved to Alameda, California to be near her aging father.

June fulfilled her dream of retiring to Santa Barbara in 1990. She loved her life in Santa Barbara and generously volunteered her time to many organizations including the Assistance League and PEO. June enjoyed traveling, gardening, hiking, bridge, music and art.

June is survived by her children Norman Smith (Jan Christian), Rebecca Bednar (Michael) and Jennifer Becker (Ole); her grandchildren Michele Mannion, Sharon Jacobs, Michael Smith and Suzanne Becker; and her great-grandchildren Connor and Ryan; her sister-in-law May Cuff and her nieces Marjorie Barras and Carolyn Stokes.

A memorial service will be held at Chapel Of The Chimes, Oakland, California on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM, the Rev. Jan Christian officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in June’s name to the Assistance League of Santa Barbara, 1259 Veronica Springs Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.


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