Wyoma "June" Everett '80
After her son, Stanley Everett, a 1968 N.C. graduate, was killed in the Vietnam War, June joined the American Gold Star Mothers. The organization, originally founded in 1928, is composed of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died in the line of duty in the Armed Forces during World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, and other American wars since.
The American Gold Star Mothers have been committed to helping families adjust to life without their loved ones and providing hours of volunteer work and personal service in veterans hospitals. The mothers also assist veterans and their dependents with Veterans Administration claims, perpetuate the memory of those whose lives were sacrificed in the line of duty, and instill the lessons of patriotism and love of country in the communities in which they live.
After losing her son, June Everett spent many hours with the American Gold Star Mothers to raise money for the War Memorial Statue, which now sits in Spokane’s Riverfront Park to honor the local men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country.
In 1983 June was elected national president of the American Gold Star Mothers. In that capacity, she was instrumental in getting the United States Congress to grant a federal charter to the organization. President Ronald Reagan signed the charter into law.
To the end of her life, June remained involved in Memorial Day services at cemeteries, as well as in other Gold Star events. She spent many hours visiting veterans hospitals to help wounded veterans in any way she could.
Wyoma “June” Everett died on October 1, 2005.