June Marie Hibbard-Tennison-Underwood
Underwood, was born December 15, 1928 in Houston, Texas and went
home to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. She was
preceded in leaving by her parents, Reverend J. C. Hibbard, and
She is survived by
her husband, Ronald A. Underwood, her children, Cindy Smith,
Don Tennison, Ronald J. Underwood, seven grandchildren, Kelli
Heidecker, Kimberly Simpson, Ken Tennison, Ron Tennison, Jordan
Underwood, Saavanna Underwood, and Cayden Underwood, and seven great
grandchildren, Zachary Ward, Alyson Ward, Kaitlyn Ward, Rachael
Tennison, Hannah Tennison, Lauren Tennison, Matthew Tennison and
June was the oldest
of five children, J. C. Hibbard Jr., Dee Hutcheson, Jaynell
Songstad, and Darlene Walker. June and her siblings grew up
testifying and singing on a daily radio broadcast with her well-
respected father, Reverend J. C. Hibbard. June had a successful
career in nursing for many years and also started and ran two
successful restaurants in NE Texas and Dallas. June brought a spirit
of excellence to anything she did and her management skills created
a demand for her services long after she was of retirement age. June
was loved and trusted by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Although June found
success in many careers, her greatest joy came from being with
family. She was known as "Sweetheart" to her husband, "Mom" to her
kids, and "Mee-maw" to all her grandkids and great-grandkids, but all agree
that she was the
best! June Marie had a passion for cooking and everyone who entered
her home enjoyed her delicious meals. Those who would come over on a Sunday would feast on her family favorite: roast, mashed
potatoes, green beans and her special "Hibbard Tea".
Marie Underwood has left a legacy of unwavering faith in the Lord
evidenced by her love for scripture, her personal prayer life, and
her love and dedication to her family and friends. She is truly a
Proverbs 31 woman.
Jordan Carl (J.C.) Hibbard, Sr., was a machinist, employed by a
Houston company, Reed Roller Bit, and was in the middle of a
difficult decision making time when June Marie was born. He
had worked hard to establish himself in his trade but was now bothered by
his motherís prayers.
It seems that she had dedicated J.C. to the Lord when he was very young
and now was believing God to save him and call him into the ministry.
June Marie was a very sick baby and it was doubtful that she would live.
J.C. had often told his mother that there were two things that he didnít
want to be and they both were preachers.
Somehow through all of the sickness, bills and
problems J.C. knew that if he would give it all over to the Lord that God
would take care of everything.
After much prayer and soul-searching, J.C.
told God that if he would heal June Marie that he would go into the
ministry. Well, shortly thereafter, June was suddenly a healthy baby girl
and so J.C. knew then where he was headed in life.
The years came and went and J.C. fulfilled
his promise to God. As June Marie grew up, she faced many difficult
times as a PK (preacherís kid). But through mistakes then victories,
she always loved and followed the Lord throughout her lifetime.
June, along with her brother and sisters, all worked in her dadís
As a young girl, everyday before she would go
to school, she would get up with her younger brother and sisters and they
would go with J.C. to radio station KSKY
in Dallas, Texas where he had established his ministry and produced a radio
program called, The Hibbard Family.
18, she married Ross Raymond Tennison and they had two children Cynthia June
Tennison-Heidecker born 1948 and
Tennison born in 1950.
June worked as office manager
at a storage facility, Texas Cartage Terminal & Warehouse in Dallas owned
by businessman, A.D. Gearner. Gearner later built a motel and restaurant
in his hometown, Winnsboro, Texas and asked June if she would move to
Winnsboro and manage the business.
While Junes children, Don and Cindy were very young
she moved as a single mother to Winnsboro and established The Trade Winn
Motel & Restaurant. It became a very successful establishment where a
Thursday night fish fry and other promotions would attract customers for
hundreds of miles.
June moved to Houston for awhile but ended up back in
Dallas in 1970 where she established a dinner club for another businessman named James
Bond at a high rise apartment complex called The Top Of The Manor.
June lived in
the Manor House where she worked until 1975 when she went to work for Doctor
George Balla where she was his business manager for 12 years until
she married Ronald A.
Underwood on April 25, 1979. June Marie and Ron have lived a very happy life in
Dallas and in Richardson, Texas ever since.
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June Marie's Story
by Ronald Underwood
June Marie was a PK (preacher's kid) that loved and trusted God. As a young
girl, she lived her life in fish bowl-like surroundings as most PK's do. Her
early life was under the very strict control of her Victorian-minded father
who was a dedicated and well loved minister. Adolescent mistakes, caused
many of Junes early actions in life to be misinterpreted by some. June
always refused to argue or defend herself in her own behalf, she trusted God
to fight her battles and He always did. She grew to become a well loved and
prolific wife, mother, grand mother and great grandmother and business woman
with lots of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren that all loved
her. My life with June Marie was one that I lived in total amazement because
we never once, had a serious argument, although we did disagree once, I
forget why, while moving into a new home. We married late in life, I knew
her for 42 years and we were married for 35 of those years. Her values were
her ethics and she lived them daily. >