"Mama June," mother of 5th Dimension legend LaMonte McLemore, dies at 106

(November 8, 2020) We want to thank Robert-Allan Arno, publicist for former 5th Dimension great LaMonte McLemore, for sharing with us information on the passing of LaMonte's mother, at the incredible age of 106. Here is his note:

It is with great solemnity we report that LaMonte McLemore’s cherished mother, known warmly by all as “Mama June” has passed away peacefully at age 106. Mama June had remained the only surviving parent of the members of The Original 5th Dimension. Always beautifully groomed and wonderfully wise, LaMonte proudly shared in his memoir “From Hobo Flats to The 5th Dimension” as well as with many an interviewer: “Mama June’s memory is better than yours and mine, combined…she’s as sharp as a tack!”

(November 8, 2020) We want to thank Robert-Allan Arno, publicist for former 5th Dimension great LaMonte McLemore, for sharing with us information on the passing of LaMonte's mother, at the incredible age of 106. Here is his note:

It is with great solemnity we report that LaMonte McLemore’s cherished mother, known warmly by all as “Mama June” has passed away peacefully at age 106. Mama June had remained the only surviving parent of the members of The Original 5th Dimension. Always beautifully groomed and wonderfully wise, LaMonte proudly shared in his memoir “From Hobo Flats to The 5th Dimension” as well as with many an interviewer: “Mama June’s memory is better than yours and mine, combined…she’s as sharp as a tack!”

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. expressed on the occasion of her centennial birthday: “Mama June is one of the true gems in our lives, she’s always been full of joy, love, and acceptance.” Florence LaRue made a special appearance at Mama June’s 105th birthday celebration in St. Louis delivering a prayer and song in her honor. LaMonte’s biographer and media spokesman, Robert-Allan Arno states: “Mama June possessed a warm godly light—not only coming from inside but surrounding her—that was simply breathtaking when in her presence.”

Mama June is also survived by her daughter Joan and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren. The family asks for your prayers at this sensitive time.

June McLemore (1914-2020) lived through many decades, eras, US presidents, and positive changes in Civil Rights. She always embraced a “can-do” spirit of diligence, grace, positivity, fairness, and inclusivity through it all, attributes that are reflected in the ethos of The 5th Dimension. She was elated to witness our first Black president and lived to see our first Black woman, South Asian vice president-elect. Her presence will be missed, yet “Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”

LaMonte and the whole McLemore family will be in our prayers.

 

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