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June Evelyn LaMothe

June 1, 1950 ~ May 13, 2019 (age 68)
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June Evelyn Porter-Lamothe, was born on June 1, 1950 and transitioned on May 13, 2019.  She was born in Forrest City, Arkansas to David Wilborn Porter, Ph.D. and Gaynelle Mahon Porter.  She was the sixth of seven children. June’s parents, Dr. & Mrs. D.W. Porter, her eldest brother, David Mahon Porter, M.D., and two older sister, Bobbie Porter-Turner and Kathryn Porter, preceded her in death. During the summer of 1968, June Porter-LaMothe moved to Kansas City, Missouri with her eldest brother and his wife, Dr. David M. & Iral Porter.

She graduated from Bishop Lillis High School here in Kansas City.  She continued her education at Lincoln University-Jefferson City, Missouri where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology; a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Kansas City, Missouri and a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri.  June’s work experience began her career from 1972– 1974 at Kaw Valley Health Careers Program, in Kansas City, Kansas as a Counselor and Program Assistant; that was followed by serving as a consultant for the Human Relations and Diversity Consultant for Area Manpower Institute for the Development of Staff (AMIDS) in Denver, Colorado.

Upon her return to Kansas City, June and Rudy Dillard united. From this union, three sons (Lorenzo, Reno and Ryan) were born. Coming from a family of educators, it wasn’t long before she would began to develop her life’s work in education.  Her career Spanning 30+ years she served in various roles in the Wichita, Kansas City Missouri, and Center School Districts.  She served children passionately as a teacher and guidance counselor and later served the Kansas City Missouri School District as Coordinator of Counselors. June dedicated her life to the welfare of Black youth in Kansas City using unique teaching strategies and learning styles in her pursuit to reach young people.

She always said that her best years were the ones spent while teaching and counseling youth in elementary, middle, and high schools. She was a member of the Missouri Guidance Association, Kansas City Teacher’s Association, and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.

June is survived by three sons, Lorenzo Dillard (Shannon), Reno Dillard (Sequoyah), Ryan Dillard; two step children with her late husband Andrew LaMothe- Edward A. LaMothe (Jennifer), and Tiffany Washington (David) mothered by Robby L. Warren;  nine grandchildren; Xavier, Sophia, Zachary, Zaiden, Ra’Maia, Reaun, Remere, Riyanna and Rytuous Dillard ; one brother, Mauris Porter-Emeka, and two sisters, Drs. Vonnelle (Ernest) Middleton and Sandra A. Johnson; a host of nieces,  nephews, great-nieces, great  nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. June Porter-LaMothe, this woman of God, the  mother, grandmother, sister, aunt,  and educator will be eternally missed.  Her physical presence is gone forever, but her essence is unfailing.  Her legacy will continue to live on through her, children, grandchildren, their children and all those whose lives  were touched by her caring, support and compassion.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Second Missionary Baptist Church 5111 South Harry Truman Dr., Grandview, Missouri 64030.Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Second Missionary Baptist Church 5111  Harry S Truman Dr., Grandview, Missouri 64030. Visitation 10:00 A.M. Interment 12:30 P.M. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Forest Hill & Calvary Cemetery.

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