Visitation for Evelyn “June” Spickard Hartley, is planned for July 17, 2019, 6-8 p.m., Williams Memorial Chapel, at College of the Ozarks, Hollister. The funeral will be held July 18, 2019, 11 a.m., at Williams Memorial Chapel. Funeral services were under the care of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home, Branson.
She died July 14, 2019.
June was born at home, daughter of Grace Franks Spickard and Melvin Spickard. She attended Springfield Public Schools and graduated from Springfield (Central) High School, in 1947. Following graduation, she attended Drury College and received a Bachelor’s degree in education. That fall, she began teaching history and English at Pipkin Junior High where she taught for six years. In her final year of teaching, she was selected to be on the first faculty at Hillcrest High School, also in Springfield. A highlight of that year was sponsoring the Highlanders Drum and Bugle Corps. She, then, went on and obtained a Master’s degree, from the University of Mo., in guidance and counseling and curriculum.
While she was teaching in Springfield, a colleague suggested his son, also a Springfield High School and Drury graduate, they started dating and eventually married Richard “Dick” Hartley in October of 1959.
They made their first home in Okla. and in 1961, the family moved to Branson where they opened a paint store, which eventually became Dick’s 5&10, in downtown Branson. She gave time to many causes and organizations. She served on the Branson Park Board, after working to raise funds for the first swimming pool in Branson and nine years on the Branson School Board. She enjoyed serving as Den Mother and a Girl Scout leader, for her children’s troops She was a member of the College of the Ozarks Associates. She loved being a part of PEO chapter JR, where she held many positions, including chapter president. She attended the Branson Bible Church. In the late 1960s, she began teaching a weekly Bible study in her home and continued this for nearly 50 years, until her health failed.
She was proceeded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Norma “Erline” Spickard and mother and father in-law, Nora and H.O. Hartley.
Survivors include her son, Steve Hartley, of Branson; daughter, Dr. Melissa June Hartley-Montgomery, of Springfield and two granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Branson Bible Church, 533 Branson Landing Blvd, Branson, Mo. 65616.