Barbara June Berneking (née Fraser) of Moberly died and was received into the arms of Christ on Thursday, March 4, 2021. No one with any close connection to her knew or ever referred to her as “Barbara.” She will only ever be remembered as “June.”
Perhaps this followed her father, born Howard McDaniel, but only ever known as “John.” Or, maybe going by a name other than the one you were given was just the way of things in the Southern United States, though her mother’s given name really was Bertie (née Fraser) McDaniel. Born in Buford, Georgia on March 29, 1951, the only child of John and Bertie, she was raised to know the value of a dollar, the satisfaction of a hard day of work and what real love of a neighbor really looks like.
June met her future husband of 52 years, Larry Berneking of Herculaneum, Missouri, as a teen while their two families vacationed in Daytona Beach, Florida. They married on June 8, 1969 and both ultimately graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. She taught fifth and sixth grade for twenty-five years in Larry’s hometown of Herculaneum and then another ten years of 8th grade English Language Arts in Flowery Branch, Georgia, after she and Larry returned to her own hometown of Buford.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents. She is survived by Larry, her sons, Nathanael “Nate” (Tammy) of Moberly and Joshua of Burlington, North Carolina and three grandchildren, Emily (Nate), Benjamin (Josh) and Delaney (Josh).
During her life, at least to the students, June was known as the “meanest teacher in the Senn-Thomas sixth grade,” though the “meanest students” seemed to thrive in her classroom. To her family she was known as the host of get-togethers, a wonderful cook in the Southern tradition and a loving daughter to both her and Larry’s parents. She was always a stable and caring presence, strong beyond her petite frame, faithful to her church families and caring for every student she taught and colleague with whom she worked. The impact on her family, friends and students was immeasurable.
Gifts in lieu of flowers may be given to Trinity United Methodist Church.
A Memorial service was held in the Trinity United Methodist Church.