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“It was a pleasure to work with June for so many years at Dahlgren School. She was a cheerful part of everyone's day. She was a blessing in all our...Read More »
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“I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Steppe. As a little girl, I remember her being such a gentle woman, and always having such a lovely...Read More »
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“Ms. Steppe was one of my most memorable teachers at Dahlgren School. She ensured not only that we got our education, but she taught us morals and...Read More »
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“Mrs. Steppe was my third grade teacher. She had a jar of special lollipops that You could earn from doing reading activities. I have never found any...Read More »
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“June was a loyal member of the James Madison Garden Club for many years. Her many years as secretary of the club are greatly appreciated. ”
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On Saturday, September 3, 2016, June Ashton Steppe, was called home to be with her Lord.
June Carolyn Ashton was born in Tetotum, VA on June 14, 1927, to Henry Benjamin Ashton and Nellie Wilkins Ashton. She grew up on the family farm and attended the one room Madison School for elementary and middle school where her mother was the teacher.

Reading by the age of 3, June graduated from King George High School as Salutatorian at the age of 16 and graduated from Mary Washington College in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. June took her first job teaching Spanish at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. She returned home to teach at Potomac Elementary School in Dahlgren, VA, and then took a job as a teacher at Dahlgren Elementary School located on what was formerly known as the Naval Weapons Laboratory (NWL). Overall, June dedicated 42 years to the teaching profession and never wavered on the importance of education as a road to success.

June married Andrew Jollette "Jolly" Steppe on June 27, 1953 at Round Hill Baptist Church. They shared a passion for dancing, college sports, and, most of all, family. They spent more than 20 years of marriage together before Jolly's death on August 15, 1973.

Upon her return from Alexandria, June spent all of her remaining years living in Dahlgren enjoying her time with family and lifelong friends. She built her "forever home" on Williams Creek and treasured every day she spent on the water. She was a very active member of Oakland Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and worked with both the Girls in Action and Royal Ambassador programs. She also had several leadership positions in the Women's Missionary Union (WMU). June was an active member of the Mary Washington Alumnae Association, serving on the scholarship committee and traveled to various locations to interview applicants.

After she retired from Dahlgren School, June remained active in her community and worked part time at the King George Welcome Center. She was also member of the Garden Club, and community choirs. She traveled extensively both nationally and internationally and cherished her memories made in all locales.

June was known as "Doonie" to her grandchildren, and loved to read and sing to them and taught them how to be kind to one another and animals! June was known by all for her kindness, generosity, intelligence, wit and her special ability to see the sunny side of life. We are all blessed to have been touched by her life.

In addition to her husband, June was predeceased by her brother, Henry Wilson Ashton, and one daughter, Mary Jollette. She is survived by three children - Andrea Collins, (Woody) of Royse City, TX, Jan Sproul (Mitchell) of Leesburg, VA and Gilbert Steppe (Lisa) of West Grove, PA; eight grandchildren - Allyson Ostien (Joe), Andrew Bergstrom, Lauren Garrison (Seth), Robert Sproul (Whitney), Julie Sproul, Mac Sproul, Kent Collins and Megan Collins; two great- grandchildren - Abigail Garrison and Andrew Garrison; and her long-time friend and cherished companion Harold Coward.

A funeral service officiated by Pastors Cliff Hedges and Guy Maddox will be held Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Oakland Baptist Church in King George at 11am with visitation 1 hour prior. Interment will follow at Round Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in King George. Condolences may be left for the family online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Upcoming Funeral Services

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Oakland Baptist Church

King George, VA 22485


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Oakland Baptist Church

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Round Hill Baptist Church Cemetery

16519 Round Hill Rd King George, VA 22485