June Patton, age 59, owner of The Bent Cover Bookstore, died at the Barrow
Neurological Institute on Saturday, January 15, 2005, following a courageous battle with a devastating
hypertension bleed in the brain that reached the brain stem.
5, 1945 in the tiny southern Indiana town of Newton Stewart, now mostly under the water of the PatokaLake. June was the youngest of the late John Riley and Mary
Dana (Apple) Riley’s 14 children. She attended the
double promoted not once, but twice and graduated from SpringsValleyHigh School in French Lick at the tender age of 16. June moved to the
big city, Indianapolis, to attend IndianaCentralUniversity, now known as IndianapolisUniversity, eventually getting a bachelor degree in elementary
education at IndianaUniversity from the campus of IUPUI. Somewhere along the line, she
met, fell in love, married Clarence Richard Wyatt, and gave birth to her only son, Richard Dean Wyatt of Phoenix. Being the youngest in all of her
classes past the 3rd grade,she learned to cope
with life's difficulties with a tremendous sense of humor. A wit that brought a
smile to most everyone she met.
been the owner and operator of The
Bent Cover for nearly 20 years. Prior to that, she
taught elementary school and was the bookkeeper/accountant for a large
corporation in Phoenix. As well as, a pig farmer, an insurance salesperson, a
fast food restaurant manager and maybe more, but that was enough to show she
was multi-talented, at least. In 1983, she decided it was time for a change in
her life and moved to Phoenix. The Bent
Cover is the result of that change.
a single parent, who saw her son through many trials and tribulations, health
and otherwise. She also had a big hand in helping with his single parenting of
three wonderful teen-aged grandchildren that are often seen
helping Grandma on the weekends at the bookstore.
June is survived by her son, Richard and his wife Susan. Her five grandchildren, James Dean,
Richard Thomas, and Jack Riley Wyatt, Diantha June Gourdin, and Thomas Andrew
Schlagenhaft. June’s four older
sisters, much older she would say, Helen Land of Miamisburg, OH; Marguerite
Butcher of Loogootee, IN; Fleta
Lowe of French Lick, IN;
Marlene Clinton of Phoenix, and her big brother, John Doyle Riley also of
French Lick. With 14 brothers and sisters, there are numerous in-laws, cousins,
nieces, and nephews. However, not nearly as many as the
literally thousands of people who call June at the Bent Cover, their friend and
often their personal confidant. We all mourn greatly, but not as one
without hope. Godspeed Ma.
meant the world to thousands of customers for nearly 20 years that she has had
her store.Most of all she will be horribly missed by her son and her five
grandchildren she lived everyday for.
of you that knew early this weekend about June’s sudden illness, thank you for
your heartfelt prayers and guidance.
all of you and thank you for everything.May God bless every one of you.
viewing will be Monday, January 17, 2005 from to , and will be laid to rest Tuesday, January 18,
2005, after the funeral at . Services held at Hansen Mortuaries; 8314 N. 7th St.; Phoenix, AZ85020. 602.944-1561