On Friday, June 23, 2017, Helen (June) Sorenson Rowsell, age 94, left the bonds of this earth to return to her loving Heavenly Father and be joyfully reunited with her husband, family, and friends who had gone on before. June was born in Bancroft, Idaho on June 9, 1923 and grew up there, graduating third in her class. The following summer, she met Joe Rowsell of Lava Hot Springs. They dated for three months and were married on October 12, 1941. That marriage was solemnized three months later in the Salt Lake Temple. They made their first home in Lava and for a short time, lived in Pocatello.
After the United States entered the Second World War in December of 1941, Joe was drafted and was sent to England for three years. Their son, Joe, was born before he left basic training and June went to Pueblo, Colorado with the baby so his father could see him before he left for England. June returned to Bancroft with her new baby and lived with her parents for three years while waiting for her husband to return.
When he returned, he got a job in Montpelier so they moved there where they raised their family of three children. June was active in her church and community; she held many music callings in the church as well as singing in the choir. She taught cooking and 4-H and sang in the Bear Lake Chordbusters for many years. June worked for Kings, J.C. Penneys, and finally for Walton Feed, a job she loved for many years. After retirement, Joe and June snowbirded in St. George, UT and Riverside, California for many years until they returned home to help with their grandson, Cody, who suffered from Muscular Dystrophy. In 1993, June and Joe moved to Lava Hot Springs where they remained until Joe’s death in 2003. Three months later, June returned to Montpelier, the town she had loved her entire adult life. She lived in her new home alone as long as she could, and when her health started to fail, her grandson, Todd Crane, who had a CNA degree, moved in and took care of her for three years so she could remain at home. Following that, her daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Kent Crane took her into their home and cared for and gave her a family for the remainder of her life.
June was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, her parents, Soren Peter, Rorvig, and Helen May Sorensen, two half brothers, Charles and Ron Braley, one brother Vern Sorensen, one son-in-law, Tony Warner, and a grandson, Cody Kent Crane. She is survived by her three children, Joe (Maria) Rowsell, Sharon (Tony) Warner, and Anne (Kent) Crane as well as 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren-with 2 more on the way. A viewing will be held at the Bennington LDS church on Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. and an 11 A.M. memorial service will immediately follow in the Bennington Ward Chapel. Following the service, she will be taken to Lava Hot Springs for a burial service and will be buried alongside her husband, Joe, in the Lava Hot Springs Cemetery. The family would like to give their sincerest thanks to Access Hospice for their compassionate care, and to Schwab-Matthews Mortuary for their service.