This WWII Vet is making WAVES

Miss June is still dancing at 96

Nov. 9, 2020

By Tricia Christiansen, People Lead, Walmart Store 810, Mason City, Iowa

 

Just keep going. That’s the mantra of 96-year-old associate and Navy veteran Gloria Brasser, better known as “Miss June” to those around her. 

 

Miss June has worked in the apparel department at Store 810 in Mason City, Iowa, for the past 21 years. With almost a century of life experiences behind her, Miss June has no plans of slowing down. 

 

“Maybe when I’m 100, I’ll think about it,” she laughs.

 

So, keep going, she does. Whether it’s white-water rafting in her 70s, skydiving in her 80s or a hot air balloon ride at age 90, Miss June believes in living life to its fullest and finding joy in all she does.

 

Even as a young woman, Miss June harbored a sense of adventure—and a love for her country. When volunteers were needed during World War II, a 19-year-old Miss June followed her family’s Navy footsteps and registered for the Navy WAVES—Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services.

 

“I was only 19, and you had to be 20,” Miss June recalls. “So, my aunt doctored up a Bible with birthdays, because I didn’t have a birth certificate. I had to fudge my age one year to get in.” 

 

With that, Miss June left her home state for the first time. She attended boot camp in New York then traveled to Oklahoma where she trained to be an airplane mechanic. 

 

“I was a dum-dum,” laughs Miss June. “I didn’t choose something I could make a living with. At least not back then.”  

 

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After two years of being stationed in Oregon, Miss June returned home to Iowa where she met her husband at a dance.

 

“He was a very good dancer,” she says with a gleam in her eye and a tap in her toes. “We loved to dance.”

 

The couple raised two children together. Her husband passed away, and following a job at a hospital, Miss June began working in the infants department at Walmart.

 

The job was initially for a part-time temporary position to get through the holidays. Miss June just celebrated 21 years as a Walmart associate this summer.

 

“Once you stay home, you’re inactive, and that’s no fun,” she claims.

 

Because fun is what Miss June does best. Whether it’s dying her hair red, white and blue on the Fourth of July to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or dancing the Charleston in a Facebook post that went viral.

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Miss June has a spirit and energy that spreads to everyone around her. She cares about others, and it is with pride that co-workers wear the homemade angel pins she gives as a show of gratitude.

 

With a trademark bow in her hair and fingernails painted her favorite color red, Miss June continues to adhere to her “just live life” philosophy.

 

“I eat what I want. I drink what I want,” Miss June says. “I’m just going to keep on living.”


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