June Lucille (Hampton) Dooley passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side. She was born in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Washington, D.C., during her high school years, where she was simultaneously enrolled in speech and dramatics at Catholic University. She danced on stage with the Roxyettes and in fall and spring plays under the direction of Fr. Hartke. It was here that she caught the attention of a charismatic co-ed and stage manager, Raymond Dooley. They were married March 18, 1944 and spent 54 years together until Ray’s passing.
Ray’s commission in the Navy took them from the East Coast to the West Coast. June made dear friends across the country with every move. The family ultimately settled on Mercer Island where they were active members of St. Monica’s Catholic Church. June was known for her beautiful smile, a gracious manner, a keen eye for detail, boundless creativity, a love of gardening, appreciation for the arts, a passion for travel, and her strong faith.
June’s vocation was motherhood. She spent her life creating a home for her ten children and many of their friends who could not resist the warm embrace that was June. She was a champion of traditions, both making them and honoring them. June’s touch was present in every holiday and celebration, whether it be her talent for arranging flowers, an artful table setting, or preparing her beautiful gardens for a family wedding on the lawn. Her home was welcoming, full of laughter, heavy on projects, and most of all, filled with love.
June is survived by her children, Sharon Toth (Mike), Dennis (Linda), Kathleen (Maria), Kevin (Betty), Mary Beckord, Timothy (Jenny), Brian (Merry), James (Joanna), Patrick (Linda), and Thomas (Cindra). She leaves behind 26 grandchildren and 28 great- grandchildren, and was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, her brother, Robert, her son-in-law, Bob and her infant son, Raymond.
There will be a funeral mass on October 14 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, 4315 88th Ave SE, Mercer Island and a live-stream of the mass at https:// www.stmonicami.org/eucharist#MassLivestream. Immediately following will be a celebration of life at the VFW, 1836 72nd Ave SE, Mercer Island. All Covid protocols will be observed. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.