Ilene Yvonne Junker, 80 of Boyd, died Sunday, July
16th at Our Lady of Victory Hospital-Stanley. She was
born on March 3, 1937 in Montgomery, Maryland to the
late Walter and Josie (Wolf) Miller. Her father was a
minister of the Brethren Church and the family moved to
the Stanley area when she was young. Ilene went on to
graduate from Stanley High in 1955 and married Donald
Junker on May 26, 1957 at Maple Grove Church of the
Brethren.
Ilene was the epitome of the farmer’s wife; she worked
hard and raised eight hard-working children. She was
an active member at Maple Grove including leading the
hymns during the service. She crocheted afghans and
blankets for many in her life including those she met
while doing mission work in Mexico as well as hats for
the troops overseas and for the Operation Christmas
Child. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren
brought her great joy as anyone who met her knows.
Donnie and Ilene spent many evenings together driving
around the countryside looking after the deer
population. After retiring, they spent time traveling
around the country surprise visiting family, friends and
relatives including a long-awaited trip to Alaska.
Ilene is survived by her children, Debra (Pat) Macone of
Wilkesboro, N.C., Darlene (Louie) Brantner and Gladys
“Gigi” (Jon) Parkins both of Eau Claire, Deanne “Boots”
(Gary) Radtke of Boyd, Jim (Laurie) Junker of Ashland
and Gene (Rebecca) Junker and Denise (Lyle) Swartz
both of Stanley, a daughter in law, Tammy Junker of
Boyd, 22 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren with one
on the way, her sisters, Betty Jo (Harold) Warstler of N.
C. and Sandra (Lonnie) Wood of Eau Claire and a
brother in law, Russ McGinnis of Virden, IL. She is
preceded in death by her husband Donald (Dec. 31,
2015), her parents, son John, her brothers Delbert and
Kenneth Miller and her sisters Bonnie Johnson and
Bertie McGinnis.
A funeral service will be at 11AM on Saturday, July
22nd at Maple Grove Church-Stanley. Burial will follow
in Edson Union Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM
on Friday at the Plombon Funeral Home-Stanley and
one hour prior to services Saturday at the Church.