June Wood Somerville was born on November 5, 1925, to Harry and Alice Hirschey. She passed away peacefully on August 31, 2021, at age 95. June was also known by the last names: Hirschey, Wood, Roof, Eichner and Magnaghi.
June led an adventure-filled life that started in the Bay Area and continued for many decades in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. From her early years at Two Sentinels Girl Scout Camp, through her proprietorship of the historic Kirkwood Inn and Kirkwood Meadow Lodge and the many summers she spent camping at Plasse’s Resort at Silver Lake, she was well-known and well-loved by many.
She hiked, rode horses and sketched all over the Sierra Mountains. She often went on cattle drives and was skilled at calf roping (at age 70). She loved her horses and dogs. She also loved her cowboys, and always said “I should have been born one.” Her many sketches of the mountains and trails adorned her Christmas cards every year.
She loved history, especially of the pioneer days, and was a great storyteller. Encouraged by her children to write it all down, she wrote her first book “Legend of A Road” at age 82. She was working on her fifth book when she passed away.
June was a resident of Ione, California before she moved to Colorado last year to live out her life in comfort. She is survived by her three children: Diane Delgardo, Robin Hooper and Phil Wood Jr. She also left behind six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
The family would like to thank everyone for all of the wonderful posts online and cards. It means a lot to know so many care.
We would all like to think she is up on the Sentinels looking at her beloved mountains and below at the snow-fed lakes. She will surely be missed.
Due to the ongoing fires, June will be returning to California next summer.