June Virginia Gravelle Eddins was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 1, 1930 to Harry C. Gravelle and Mary McCaughey Gravelle. She passed away in her Las Vegas home on January 5, 2021. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, her brother Bill Gravelle, brother Harry Gravelle, sister Dorothy Smith and daughter Patricia Wegner. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Major General Neil L. Eddins (USAF retired), son Neil L. Eddins Jr. (wife Amber), son Craig H. Eddins, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
June was a proud native of Las Vegas. The following submission is a family history summary authored by June for a historical publication:
"My parents arrived in Las Vegas, NV on August 26, 1922. They had been living in Flagstaff, AZ where my father Harry C. Gravelle was in the wholesale grocery business. It snowed on the 4th of July in Flagstaff and my father informed the family, my mother Mary E Gravelle Habbart, my brother William H Gravelle, now of Reno, NV, Dorothy Gravelle Smith, my sister of Las Vegas (deceased) Harry C. Gravelle Jr. of Fair Oaks, CA and Reno, NV (deceased) that if God allowed him to live long enough to see another 4th of July, it would not be in Flagstaff. My mother related to me that when they arrived, Fremont Street at that time was two blocks long and one chuck hole after another, and she thought my father had brought her to Hell and dropped her off. My father then moved the family to Arden, a small town on the southwestern edge of the Valley and now swallowed by the immense growth of Las Vegas. Arden was located on the railroad and my father ran the grocery and dry goods store there. By 1928 they had built their first home in Las Vegas on 7th St and my father was involved in the grocery business in Las Vegas. From there they moved to Boulder city where my father ran the only store in town operated by Six Companies, the contractor for Boulder (Hoover) Dam. After Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President and came to Boulder city in 1935 for the dedication of the dam, he appointed my dad to the post of US Marshall of Nevada. My parents for the remainder of their lives were residents of Nevada. My dad retired to the little town of Nelson and the Thatchicup Gold Mine, near the Colorado River, were he enjoyed the last of his years. He passed away in 1969 and is buried in Boulder City. My mother in later years had a dairy herd on her 20 acres on Pecos Road, was actively engaged for 30 years and served as president of the Paradise Town Board, and was instrumental in the purchase of the property for Sunset Park-- also making sure that federal funds were invested in the property, so that it would always remain a park. As for me, I am the baby of the family and although my heart has remained in Nevada, I lived across the US and as far away as Germany, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. I departed Las Vegas in the early 1960s and did not return home to Las Vegas until nearly the early 1990s. My husband, Neil, and I now live in Las Vegas during the winter months and move to our home South of Jackson Hole Wyoming during the summer months. Neil was a fighter pilot for the Air Force who rose to the rank of Major General. I might add that I have sung the Nevada state song to people around the world in those places I mentioned above. I am proud to be a Nevadan and descended from some wonderful people who helped to settle this state."
June (and Neil) made friends across the country, and around the globe.
June was a fantastic cook and a tremendous host. The family often jokes about her demolishing of a kitchen following her many culinary masterpieces. She was a beautiful lady and caught the eye of a Thunderbird pilot in the late 50's. June and Neil had numerous adventures around the world during their 62 plus years together. June's love language included gifting, and she was thoughtful to bring trinkets and treasures from around the world to friends and family. June loved her animals. She raised a number of beloved Boston Terriers. June struggled with health problems in her latter years. Neil, her loyal partner, cared for her daily in recent years. They were seldom apart.
Neil Sr. and the entire Eddins' family wish to thank those who have graciously responded with condolences and acts of love. We are humbled by your expressions. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are limited in our opportunities for a life celebration at this time. The family intends to plan services when conditions are more favorable.
Services are pending.
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Jan. 12, 2021.