No place like home

Emily Crowe


CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe June Phillips shows off a Christmas quilt that she recently completed.

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
June Phillips shows off a Christmas quilt that she recently completed.

After spending years traveling the world with her husband while he was in the Air Force, June Phillips said the two were passing through Clovis in 1973, stopped to visit some friends, and simply never left.

“It was a place to settle down until we decided where we wanted to go and settle down,” she said. “We liked it, I guess, and stayed here.”

Phillips grew up in West Virginia, but has been a part of the Clovis community for 40 years. Her husband died in 1996, and Phillips, 79, keeps herself busy by quilting and visiting with friends.

She is a member of the Clovis Quilters and the Curry County Extension, and is also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

How has Clovis changed since you first came here?

It’s grown. It’s different than it was when we first came here. It was quieter, there wasn’t as much crime.

Where else did the Air Force take you and your husband?

We lived in Georgia, Africa, Germany, Michigan, New Hampshire, Virigina … we lived everywhere.

Tell us about your involvement in quilting.

We make quilts and we donate them to the Hartley House. Right now we’re making crib sheets to donate to the Hartley House. We’ve made afghans or little throws to donate to the nursing homes to go over the laps of people in wheelchairs. For about four years, I made Christmas stockings for one of the children’s homes in Portales. I did that on my own. I just make a lot of quilts. This is how I keep my sanity.

How long have you been quilting?

I’ve been sewing since I was 20, but quilting and being in a group, probably about 10 years. I used to make clothes for my kids.

What other organizations are you a part of?

I belong to the Curry County Extension. We used to make little bears and we gave them to the hospital, the ambulances and the police department to give to children that had a crisis in their life.

Who is your greatest inspiration?

My husband was my greatest inspiration. He sewed, he crocheted, he tatted, he embroidered. He did all that. We did it together. He did woodwork and built furniture.

What are your other hobbies?

I used to paint. I took oil painting lessons in Germany, but I haven’t painted in a while. I like to do water colors.

What is your idea of the perfect meal?

Schnitzel, salad and French fries.

What is your idea of the perfect vacation?

You know, at this time in my life, I’ve been everywhere. I have no desire to go anywhere else. We lived in Saudi Arabia, my husband and I, and we were in Greece, Cairo, we were all over the place. Just to be at home with my kids would be the perfect vacation, I guess.

If you could have dinner with anyone living, dead or fictional, who would it be?

John F. Kennedy. I just thought he was a wonderful president.

Tell us about your first date with your husband.

Well, (it’s) not the first date, but I met him on a Greyhound bus right before Christmas. I lived in Tennessee and I was going home to West Virginia for Christmas. He was stationed in Savannah, Georgia, he was going home for Christmas. I had to sit with him and we struck up a conversation. And we only saw each other twice and then we got married. Met him in December and married him in July. Then we were married 43 years when he passed away.

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