Mrs. E. Frank Blair Jr. died Friday, March 8, 2013, in Albuquerque. A native of Roswell, June Blair was born April 25, 1926, the daughter of Henry C. and Versa Stephens Sorrells. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1943, where she ranked third in her class.
June married E. Frank Blair Jr., of Roswell, Aug. 18, 1944, in Chicago, where he was serving in the Navy Aviation Cadet program. Later he was transferred to Norfolk, Va., where they remained until the end of World War II. While the Blairs were stationed in Norfolk, June commenced a 41-year federal career working for the US Army at Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation. When they returned to Roswell in 1946, June transferred to the Army Air Corps and became executive secretary to Col. William Blanchard, commanding officer of the 509th Atomic Bomb B-29 Wing. June took a leave of absence following the birth of her son Stephen. When he started school, she returned to the federal service at Walker Air Force Base as a court reporter. Active in community affairs, June was a charter member of the Assistance League of Roswell and St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
Upon the closure of Walker, the Blairs moved to Merced, Calif., where June continued her career as a federal court reporter with the Air Force. During her career, she traveled throughout the Southwest. Sought after for highly classified cases, as she was one of the few court reporters with Top Secret clearance.
When the opportunity arose in the late 1970s, the Blairs returned to Albuquerque, where June continued her court reporting duties at Kirkland AFB. She retired there after 41 years of federal service. Shortly before her retirement, she was honored to have a new courtroom at Kirkland named in her honor.
In Albuquerque, June was a member of the Lew Wallace Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and of Saint Marks on the Mesa Episcopal Church. She was predeceased by her husband Frank; her son Stephen; her parents; and her sister Ada Robinson. Survivors include her nieces, Whitney Blair, Kelly Robbins, Lane Leadingham; and her nephew Dr. Chris Robinson.
The family requests contributions to a charity of the donor’s choice.
A graveside service is scheduled for 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in the family plot in South Park Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.