Born in 1935, June Chandler grew up outside London in the borough of Enfield. During the Second World War, her neighborhood sustained heavy German bombing, and Chandler had to evacuate to the north. After the war she married Laverne "Jeff" Chandler, an American serviceman stationed in England, and they moved to his family's tobacco farm in South Carolina. After the birth of their first child, Chandler's husband got a job with Lockheed Martin, and they relocated to Marietta, Georgia. Although he was laid off from Lockheed more than once, Jeff Chandler secured a position in the Air National Guard based at Dobbins Air Base, enabling the family to remain in Marietta. Choosing to remain a British citizen, June Chandler shared her cultural heritage with her friends and neighbors and passed along her favorite traditions to her children.