June Dixon Oaks, our loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 1998, at her home in Salt lake City after more than a year-long battle with cancer.
The wife of Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she was a devoted member of the Church, having served as an officer or teacher in it's auxiliary organizations all of her adult life.Her first priority was always her family. She taught her children to love God, to seek education, and to make music. She was an attentive daughter, a loving sister, and a friend to her children and grandchildren. Her commitment to and love for her family were always evident, and her sacrifices helped to assure the success of each family member. Once, when asked, "What is your greatest achievement?" she answered, "Our children."
June never lost her enthusiasm and vitality, which were manifest in simple ways, whether engaging in an animated conversation in an airport terminal, on the street, or in a grocery store, or breaking into spontaneous tap-dancing on her kitchen floor. Her energy was boundless.
Marrying, after her first year at Brigham Young University, she delayed her education for children and her husband's schooling. Then, with much work and determination, she completed a B.S. degree at BYU in 1965--fourteen years after she entered as a freshman. To realize her dream of a degree, June took her small children to Provo four times to enroll in summer school, completed home-study courses, and transferred credits to BYU from three different midwestern universities.
For nine years (1971-80) June was the "First Lady" of Brigham Young University. She was a wonderful role model and friend for it's students, faculty, staff and alumni. In behalf of the university she was hostess for countless dignitaries, such as dinners in her home for former President Gerald Ford and current Supreme Court justices of the United States and Soviet Union.
She was a loyal and effective supporter of her husband in all of his callings and employment. As the wife of a General Authority of the Church for more than 14 years, her testimony, wisdom and love have been heard and felt by tens of thousands throughout the world.
She lived in Illinois 16 years, Washington, D.C. area for one year, and in Utah for the rest of her life.
June was active in many arts activities, including serving for eight years by appointment of two Utah governors and the Utah Arts Council. She also served as a board member of the Utah Symphony Guild, and as co-chair of the symphony's Outreach program in the public schools.
She was very active physically. For more than 20 years she ran or walked three miles each day except Sundays, and played tennis with cherished friends several times each week.
She was a loyal friend to many persons of all races and religious denominations. She was loved and respected by all who knew her.
June Dixon Oaks was born March 24, 1933, in Provo, Utah, and was raised in nearby Spanish Fork. She was one of six children born to Charles Hyrum Dixon and True Call Dixon, and was an identical twin.
She and Elder Oaks were married June 24, 1952, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Survivors include her husband; sons and daughters, Sharmon O. (Mrs. Jack D.) Ward, Rockford, Illinois; Cheri Lynn O. (Mrs. Louis E.) Ringger, Orem, Utah; Lloyd D. (and Natalie M. ) Oaks, Tacoma, Washington; Dallin D. (and Marleen M.) Oaks, Buena Vista, Virginia; TruAnn (Mrs. Rock) Boulter, Orem, Utah; Jenny June (Mrs. Matt) Baker, New York, New York; mother, True Call Dixon, Salt Lake City; brother, Willard C. (and Janice T.) Dixon, Salt Lake City; sisters, Elaine (Mrs. Graham) Rhodes, San Diego, California; Jean D. (Mrs. Phyl) Ekins (her twin), Provo, Utah; Linda D. (Mrs. Dan) Lundgren, Salt Lake City; Portia D. (Mrs. Lee) Mandel, Lisle, Illinois; 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral service will be conducted Saturday, July 25th, at 2 p.m. at the Monument Park North Stake Center, 1320 S. Wasatch Drive (2500 E.), Salt Lake City. Friends may call Friday, 7-9 p.m., Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple and at the stake center Saturday 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to either the Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University or the American Cancer Society. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery.
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