Obituary: June Knight de Leon

June Knight de Leon

Longtime lakeside resident June Earline Knight de Leon died peacefully in her Chula Vista home on Nov. 5, 2015, at the age of 79.

Knight de Leon was born December 22, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas, the daughter of Christine Collins and Harry Knight. She graduated from Beaumont High School in 1955 and attended Lamar College of Technology (later advanced to Lamar University), receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1967.

She married Joe Alex de Leon on April 21, 1957. She worked as a research chemist at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, staying at her new husband’s side while he completed medical school, internship, medical residency and cardiology residency. The couple moved to Port Arthur, Texas where Dr. de Leon started a private practice and she set up their home. They reared a son, Mark, born in 1961, and a daughter, Christina, born in 1965.

Knight de Leon was an active member of the Jefferson County Medical Ladies Auxiliary, the Port Arthur Junior League, the annual CavOILcade festival honoring the petroleum industry and Parent’s Teacher’s Association of the Port Arthur School District. She supported many charities there and helped fund students to attend schools and colleges.

She and her husband moved to Mexico in 1998, making their home in Chula Vista. She was a member of Laurie Smart’s Garden Growers, the Garden Guild and the Orchid Group. She truly enjoyed participating in these organizations, especially the luncheons and the Garden Guild’s annual flower show.  She relished gardening and working with flowers all of her adult life, treasuring the many friends she met through sharing these interests. She donated generously to enable students to attend school and college in Mexico and towards the construction of a class room at the Conalep high school on the Libramiento.

Knight de Leon is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years; son Mark and his wife, Sylvia, of San Angelo, Texas; daughter Christina and her husband Iain Richard Day, of Dallas, Texas; granddaughter Elizabeth de Leon Day; several aunts and uncles and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her half sister Elouise Purswell.

A celebration of Knight de Leon’s life was held Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at Hotel La Nueva Posada in Ajijic. A second celebration of life is set for Saturday, Feb. 6, from 2-4 p.m. in the La Chambre Avant Banquet Room at The Pompano Club, 330 Twin City Highway, Port Neches, Texas.

Memorial donations in her name may be made to Chapala’s Tepehua Centro Comunitario A.C ., Calle Ramon Chavez 16, or  by contacting  the center’s president Moonie King at (376) 763-5126 or moonie1935 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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