Commonwealth Journal


April 17, 2013

June Girdler

June Avera Girdler, age 80, of Somerset, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
June was born in Somerset on Jan. 19, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Elaine Colyer Avera. June was married on Nov. 10, 1951 to the late Major D. Sidwell. After his death in Nov. 1954, she was united in marriage on Aug. 5, 1961 to the late Ernie Daniels. After the death of her second husband she later married Glen Girdler in 1989, and he passed away in 2008. 
June is survived by six sons, Alan (Sunda) Sidwell, Bobby (Lana) Sidwell, Russell Daniels, Lee (Heidi) Daniels, Sam (Kristy) Daniels, and Joe Daniels, all of Somerset; and one sister, Janet (Sonny) Claunch of Somerset. 
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, Scott and Makayla Sidwell, Ashley, Niki, Courtney, Bethany and Josh Daniels, Drake Stucy, and Jordan, Rachel, Elijah, Cainan, Chloe and Seth Daniels, all of Somerset; and four great-grandchildren.
Also surviving is one special cousin, Richard Curtis. 
Preceding her in death was her 13-year-old grandson, Shane Sidwell, who passed away in 1986.
June was a charter member of Alder’s Gate Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky. She attended Freedom Worship Center in Somerset for many years. June also played the piano for several churches: Alder’s Gate Methodist in Lexington, Friendship Methodist Church in Shopville, Ky., and Saline Church of God on Hacker Road in Somerset. She was a graduate of Somerset High School Class of 1951 and she attended Asbury College. She was a switch board operator for Somerset City Hospital and Humana Hospital. June was a historian, she loved to repel, and she enjoyed playing the piano. She had a very special love for animals and supported the efforts of the local humane society. There are many other activities she enjoyed, like truck or tractor pulls, and especially anything her sons were involved in. 
A celebration honoring the life of June Avera Girdler will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory with Brother Ron Cathers officiating. 
The family will receive friends on Thursday after 6 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory. 
Burial will be at the Renfro Cemetery.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Somerset-Pulaski County Humane Society, P.O. Box 448, Somerset, Ky., 42502.
Condolences may be sent online to the family at 
Somerset Undertaking and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

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    Viola Keith Nicholas was born Sept. 5, 1921 to the late William and Alice Jones Keith and she departed this life to her eternal home on April 7, 2014, having attained the age of 92 years.
    She was a devoted wife to the late Wesley Nicholas for 50 years. She was a faithful member at Grave Hill Baptist Church where she taught the Ladies Sunday School class for many years. She retired from the Pulaski County Board of Education. After retirement she served as a foster grandparent at Oakwood Training Facility for special needs children. She also volunteered at the Burnside Elementary preschool program, giving her time, talents and love to the 3 and 4 year old children whom she adored.
    Viola is survived by two daughters, Diana (and Austin) Alton, and Tana (and Tom) Chesney; one son, Rex Nicholas; and three brothers, Robert (and Barbara) Keith, Danny (and Ann) Keith, and David (and Ellen) Keith.  
    She was also blessed with many grandchildren and all were special to her.
    Other than her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne Nicholas and Gale Nicholas; two grandsons, Ricky Alton and Michael Nicholas; a granddaughter, Karen Alton Cogdill; and the following siblings: Alicie Super, Emerine Neeley, Mattie Keith, Maggie Godsey, Bertha Duncan, Clara Helton, Otis Keith, Clora Hardwick, Vergie Keith, Grover Keith, Mertie Yeskie, Lowell Keith, Joyce Sellers, Bill Keith, and Jim Keith; and the following step-siblings: Murphy Owens, Geneva Hill, Louise Fritts, and Reva Jones.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Darry Hatfield and Bro. Doyle Worley officiating.
    Burial will follow in the Grave Hill Cemetery.
    The family of Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to The Grave Hill Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 85, Tateville, Ky. 42558, or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Ky. 42503.
    Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas.

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