Nelta June Walsh

May 12, 1922 – February 8, 2017

Nelta “June” Walsh, age 94, of Sedro-Woolley, passed away Wednesday, February 8 at St. Francis of Bellingham,

in Bellingham, WA. June was born May 12, 1922 in Bellingham to Earl and Olive (Smith) Daws. She was raised on the family farm in Ferndale and graduated from Ferndale High School.

June married Kenneth Walsh in 1941, and they made their first home in Ferndale, WA. A year later they moved to Custer, WA and in 1944 moved to Blaine, where they lived the next 61 years. In 2006 June and Ken moved to Sedro-Woolley, WA to be near to daughter Betty and husband Bob Deere.

June worked at the Home Café in Blaine, at Art’s bakery in Blaine, and retired after working several years at Wolten & Montfort’s in Blaine.

June and Ken enjoyed RV camping and traveling throughout the western United States and also spent many months camped on Semiahmoo Spit while Ken was still working for Alaska Packers. After husband Ken’s retirement, June and Ken would spend winters at their property in Yuma, AZ. When Ken’s eyesight declined, June became the driver of their motorhome and they continued to travel for several years.

June is survived by her 3 daughters, Karen Reid (Randy) of Blaine, Judy Brown of Ferndale and Betty Kaye Deere (Bob) of Sedro-Woolley; her brother Armand Daws, of Marysville, WA, 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

June was preceded in death by her brother Bill Daws and her husband Ken. Arrangements are under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. A memorial will be held at a later date. Share your memories of June and sign the online guest register at

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