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June Leas White

June 10, 1941 ~ December 8, 2018 (age 77)

June Leas White of Moscow and a longtime Bovill-Deary resident, died Saturday, December 8, 2018 at her home. She was 77.

June was born June 10, 1941 in Tacoma to Victor R. and Dorothy York Pearson. The family moved to Bovill when she was 7 years old. She attended school at Bovill and Deary. Both of her parents passed away before she finished high school. She then lived with her sister Dorothy Ann Sanderson.

June married James L. Leas in Moscow on August 30, 1963. They had two children, Rodney and Vicki Jo. June was a homemaker. James was killed in a logging truck accident in September of 1972. June later married Les White and worked at Bailey’s Bar and Café in Bovill, running the Café in until their divorce.  She operated the Middle Joint followed by Shooters Bar and Café in Bovill until she retired. After her retirement, June moved into Moscow and was one of the first residents of Creekside Apartments, where she’s lived since.

June was a devoted Mom and Grandma, she loved to tell stories and continuously brag about her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting, visiting casinos, watching Gonzaga Basketball and the Seattle Seahawks and was an avid doll collector. She talked to her sister, Betty on a daily basis and enjoyed “running around” with her friend, Betty Wernecke. She also enjoyed late night messaging with her cousin Lynda Olson

She is survived by her daughter Vicki Jo Huff of Post Falls, ID and son, Rodney (Berti-Ann) Leas of Phoenix, Oregon as well as 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. June also leaves her siblings, Dale (Carolyn) Pearson of Kendrick, Betty (Don) Law of Post Falls, Monty (Judy) Pearson of Deerfield, WI, Jean (Doug) Snyder of Herford, AZ and Marilyn Scott of Madras, OR.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Harold Pearson, Eileen Mulholland, John Pearson, Leroy Pearson, Dorothy Ann Sanderson, Victor F. Pearson and an infant sister, Helen Marie Pearson.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

A Celebration of Life will be planned later in the spring, and will be announced.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

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