Margaret June Cornwell, 94, passed away May 16, 2021, at Kenwood Plaza, St. John, KS. She was born on June 17, 1926, in Osborne County Kansas to Loren and Areta (Dibble) Breckenridge.
June graduated from Woodston High School and Fort Hays College. She then moved to St. John to teach Home Economics where she met Jack Cornwell. On June 6, 1948, they were married at her parents’ home in Rooks County Kansas. To this union were born three children, Rick, Martha and Joe.
June was involved with Jack in the operations of Cornwell Farms. She was a 4-H leader for years teaching many 4-Hers how to bake and was known for her excellent cooking skills including her harvest meals and bread baking. She was also known for her needlework having made elaborate Christmas stockings for grandchildren and great-grandchildren which were treasured, and beautiful crewel and cross-stich pieces. June was a member of the First United Methodist Church, St. John; Chapter AC PEO, Hesperian and a founding member of the Progressive Mothers’ Club.
June is survived by her children Rick Cornwell, Martha (Dan) Riddell and Joe (Lisa) Cornwell; grandchildren Jeff (Sarah) Cornwell, Casey (Charley) Forsyth, Bethany (Scott) Krehbiel, Rob (Chaney) Riddell, Mark Riddell, Melissa (Jake) Cline, Cami (Burke) Long, Ty (Vanessa) Cornwell, and Marci (Austin) Klug; seventeen great-grandchildren; sister Patsy Noble, four nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, her parents, her daughter in law Gayle Cornwell, her brother Eugene Breckenridge and two nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 18, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Minnis Chapel, 526 E. 4th Ave., St. John. Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m. at Minnis Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the St. John First United Methodist Church or the St. John Educational Foundation in care of Minnis Chapel, P.O. Box 34, St. John, KS 67576.