June Severin Barbee


June Severin Barbee, 93, of Millheim, Texas, passed away at home Feb. 15, 2016.

June was born Jan. 20, 1923, on a cold morning to Alfred and Dora Marquart Severin in the farm house that her great-grandparents built in Millheim about 1860.

Preceded in death by her husband, Hurst “Doc” Barbee, brother, Allan Curtis Severin, sister May Belle Severin, parents Alfred and Dora Marquart Severin, grandfather, Charles and Mary Oldag Severin, and great-grandfather Karl and Anna Vorbeck Severin, who immigrated from Kleingritz, Germany, and settled in Millheim about 1850.

June graduated from the Millheim Community School. She moved to Houston on her own just before the start of World War II and worked at a Piggley Wiggley grocery as a checker. She then graduated from Massey Business College and worked at Johns Manville and Gulf Coast Electric Supply in Houston as a bookkeeper until her retirement in 1985. She married Doc on Nov. 11, 1949, at the Bellville Methodist Church. She had one son, Hurst Severin Barbee in 1953. June and Doc built their own home in 1960 in Pearland by working on it in the evenings and weekends. In 1990, she and Doc moved back to her family homestead in Millheim. Doc passed away in 1996 of cancer. June enjoyed making beautiful quilts, reading, sewing, cooking, gardening and canning. She also loved to play dominoes with her friends in the community.

June was at times a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, the Texas Sons of Hermann, the Millheim Harmonie Verein, the Bellville United Methodist Church and was treasurer for the Millheim Cemetery Association.

June’s legacy will live on through her son, Hurst and his former wife Pamela Diane Barbee, grandchildren Autumn Barbee Mills and her husband Ross, Ashley Michelle Barbee McCorkell and her husband Niall and Justin Ryan Barbee. She was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren: Emma June, Abigail Pamela and Jackson Ross Mills, Luca Jean, Cohen Frances Severin and Reid Finlan William McCorkell; and Cameron Ryan and Harrison Mitchell Barbee.

The family received friends on Feb. 19 at Schmidt Funeral Home, 12029 Highway 36 South, Bellville. Services were held at the Bellville United Methodist Church, 234 South Masonic Street, Bellville, on Feb. 20, 2016. Interment was at the Millheim Cemetery. Reception was held following the Bellville United Methodist Church.

The family requests that for those friends who wish to make memorial donations that those donations are made to the Millheim Cemetery Association, 4787 FM 949, Sealy, TX 77474.

Arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville, www.schmidtfunerals.com.


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