June Curry, The Cookie Lady of Afton, VA

by Bike Charlottesville on July 16, 2012

 

June Curry, namesake of Adventure Cycling's "June Curry Trail Angel Award." Photo credit: News & Advance, Lynchburg

Bill Lowe of the Charlottesville Bicycle Club sent out this sad news today:

“Most or all of you should be aware that June Curry had a stroke about 10 days ago and, after a brief stay in the hospital, was moved to a nursing home early last week.  Her condition had apparently been deteriorating, and she died at the nursing home early this afternoon around 1 PM.  She reportedly went peacefully and staff members were with her at the end.

“I was told that her body will be taken to the Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Home inWaynesboro, VA.  I don’t know anything about funeral plans, but when I hear something I’ll pass it along.

“The question now arises about what might happen to the large amount of bicycling memorabilia in the old Bike House.  I’m pretty sure that June’s daughter will not want it, and presumably June’s neighbor Hope, who actually owns both the Bike House and June’s house, will eventually need to clear it out.  One way or another we’ll want to see that it’s preserved.

“This truly marks the passing of an era.  If any of you are unfamiliar with June’s legacy, just try googling “Afton Cookie Lady.”  Over 35 years, June provided food, drink, and shelter to literally tens of thousands of passing cyclists passing literally from around the world.  Since her first stroke in 2008, she has often been advised to move to a care facility where she could get better and more consistent care, but the one thing she wanted above all else was to stay in her home till the last possible moment.  We can be comforted by knowing that she got her wish.”

June Curry Trail Angel Award, Adventure Cycling Association

My Bike Family, a collection of June Curry’s bicycling anecdotes

Latest News:

7.16.12 5pm:

  • According to Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Home, service details and an online guest book won’t be available until July 17th or 18th. We’ll post updates here; calls to the home are pointless at this time.
  • You are welcome to use the comments box below to share any suggestions you have for how we can preserve June’s bicycling memorabilia and how the cycling community can pay tribute to June.

7.17.12 5pm:

7.18.12 11am:

  • Bike House Open House:  Hope Wood (June’s neighbor who owns June’s home and the Bike House) will hold an open house at the Bike House after the funeral.  The Bike House is located at 3224 Afton Mountain Rd (Route 6) in Afton Village just north of Rt 750.
  • June Curry Legacy Note:  The good news it that Hope Wood plans to keep the Bike House open to cyclists.  Since she works, people will need to get in touch with her in advance.  She will need help from the cycling community to get it cleaned up and to go through the extensive memorabilia, and no doubt she will welcome contributions.  More on this soon.
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