Fun is what Miss June loves 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 TikTok that went viral, she has a spirit that spreads to everyone around her.
The 97-year-old Walmart associate and Navy veteran Gloria Brasser (whose middle name is June) is better known as “Miss June.” And she’s retiring after 22 years at Walmart. But don’t think for a second that retirement will mean slowing down or retiring those dance moves!
Even as a young woman, Miss June had 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 U.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 didn’t choose something I could make a living with. At least not back then,” laughs Miss June.