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Afton's 'Cookie Lady' Laid to Rest


Nelson Co., VA - Word of the "Cookie Lady" traveled through bike paths all across the country.

On Friday, bikers drove for hours to say good-bye to the Nelson County woman made famous for opening her heart and home.

Close to 20,000 bikers have stayed at June Curry's home. She's been featured on national news, in countless newspapers, and even has a book written about her.

But after several health problems, the 91-year-old died on Monday.

Peggy Rennolds was the first bicyclist to cross paths with June Curry. Back in 1976, Rennolds was pedaling the Transcontinental Trail when she asked a woman for a drink of water.

"And she said, 'Why are people doing this crazy thing, pushing their bicycles up this mountain?'" Rennolds explained.

Another bicyclist, Robin Frye, met the Cooke Lady a few years later and even moved to Afton because of her.

"She was like going to your grandmother's house," Frye said.

In exchange for a place to stay and cookies to eat, Curry made every bicyclist promise to send her a postcard.

It wasn't long until the woman who never traveled, never had a drivers license, met people and saw places from all over the world.

"The world came to her," a family friend, Victoria Gaudin explained.

When June Curry fell ill, she sold the property to a neighbor who promised to keep the Bike Inn going.

"That's why I'm here. I believe in it," said Hope Wood.

After Curry's funeral, bicyclists and friends came from near and far for a fitting tribute to eat a plate of cookies for June.

"I believe that she's taken her trail angel wings and is hovering over the top watching all the cyclists go by," added Rennolds.

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