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Julia Gillespie

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Dedication:

This is a dedication to a woman who dedicated her whole life to her children, grandchildren, family and friends. Mom, you will always be in my heart and I thank God everyday for blessing me with the best mother in the world.

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My mother, Julia Ann Gillespie would be described as a loving, caring person who was always there for you. She is the strongest woman I know and I can only aspire to be half the woman she was. Cancer did not define her. She fought a tough battle for 3 years. She would always say “I am going to beat this” or when we would ask if there was anything she wanted her reply was “I want a cure”. She was a fighter until the day she passed. Mom, I LOVE YOU!!! I will always be your Girlie Goo.

At the age of 62, my mom passed away in the evening on Sunday, May 31, 2009. She was surrounded by those who loved her.

Last updated on: 06/24/2009


Comments:

Julie was my very dear friend of 57 years and an amazing woman. She had a great sense of adventure and truly enjoyed life. She was always supportive of family and friends in all their endeavors and a very good listener with a wonderful memory. Julie’s daughter is right, cancer never defined her, and she did not want us to cry for her. Julie told me on her last birthday that she had no regrets and was happy with her life.

I miss you Julie. I miss the sound of your laughter and seeing your wonderful smile. I miss your presence in my life and am grateful to have countless memories to hold in my heart.

Carol Johnson – 06/24/2009

I was privileged to have Julie in my family as my sister-in-law. I have known her for 38 yhears and she blessed my life in many ways. Our two sons, Ryan and Blake, loved their Aunt Doodie (which Ryan called her when he was 2 and she would never allow them to call her Julie). When Ryan was 10, he came home from spending the day with her grandsons at her house. I asked him if he had a good time. He said with heart-felt emotion, “Mom, everybody should have an Aunt Doodie.” I agree. Everyone should have a Julie in their lives.

I think of you every day, Julie, and I miss our Saturday nights. I will always love you.

Janet Smith – 06/25/2009

I was so lucky to have met Julia through her daughter, Jennifer (my very close friend). In my mind, Julia carries the true meaning of a mother, she was incredibly strong, yet at the same time, so thoughtful, and so caring. I met her on many occasions and wherever we met, she always treated me as I were part of her family.

It was great fun to visit with Julia and I always looked forward to it. On a visit this year, she sent me home with pistashio jello and biscuiq to make one of her recent cookie recipies! I brought them home and in turn, shared them them with my daughter.

My husband Mike and I will always cherish our memories with Julia.

Sonia Prickett – 07/12/2009

I was blessed to have Julie as my friend for almost 48 years, but she was like a sister to me.

Life as we knew it ended on June 11, 2006. It was C-Day for us, the day Julie’s cancer was diagnosed. She told me to be strong and not to cry, because she was going to beat it.

The last three years weren’t always pleasant, but they became the best years of our friendship, because we were always together.

Julie never gave up her fight to live. Even after she was told that the cancer had spread to her brain in December, she purchased a new car knowing full well she would never drive it. That car gave her a sense of hope for the future. Two weeks before her death, she was still considering braces for her teeth!

The cancer never defined Julie. Throughout her battle, Julie retained her dignity and grace. She asked that no one ever pity her. Cancer may have taken her life, but Julie never surrendered her sense of humor or her dignity. Her hope for a cure never diminished.

Julie was such a big part of my life, and I miss her so much. I miss our daily phone conversations, because there’s so much I want to share with her. I have wonderful memories of her.

Barbara Stark – 08/05/2009

Julia and I became a support group for each other when her special friend Barbara, suggested that I call her. From that point on we would talk at length about a great variety of topics and I so Enjoyed our time tegether on the phone! We developed a special bond, as I have been fighting recurring brain tumors since 1997 and as a result, I have undergone five operations plus one Gamma Knife procedure. It was Julia that gave me strength as my mother was dying of lung cancer under the care of the same Oncologist that Julia had.
I tried my best to comfort, support, and give her hope for her eternal reward that is granted through the Grace of Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior. However, upon reflecting back on our phone time together, I received much more from Julia than I was able to give to her!
Rest now Julia, your toil on this earth is complete. Just know that you left your mark upon all those that passed through your life!

With our ongoing love for you,

Bruce and Kathy Reimann
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Bruce Reimann – 08/11/2009

Julia and I became a support group for each other when her special friend Barbara, suggested that I call her. From that point on we would talk at length about a great variety of topics and I so Enjoyed our time tegether on the phone! We developed a special bond, as I have been fighting recurring brain tumors since 1997 and as a result, I have undergone five operations plus one Gamma Knife procedure. It was Julia that gave me strength as my mother was dying of lung cancer under the care of the same Oncologist that Julia had.
I tried my best to comfort, support, and give her hope for her eternal reward that is granted through the Grace of Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior. However, upon reflecting back on our phone time together, I received much more from Julia than I was able to give to her!
Rest now Julia, your toil on this earth is complete. Just know that you left your mark upon all those that passed through your life!

With our ongoing love for you,

Bruce and Kathy Reimann

Bruce Reimann – 08/11/2009

Julie and I were classmates. My fond rememberences of Julie are her sincere smile, genuine caring for others, grand sense of humor, and gentle yet strong demeanor.

Julie’s presence stated that here was a women of strong convictions and integrity. She was a beautiful person inside and out…

Julie will never really leave those who were fortunate enough to have traveled with her on her life’s journey: wonderful memories and her deep and abiding love, strength and loyalty will be with you forever.

Vicki (Wicker) Swenson – 08/20/2009

I knew Julie during grade school and high school years. She always had a bright disposition and looked at the world as being a great place to enjoy both family and friends.

When in grade school, Julie was a bright shining star with dance recitals, and school events. Her positive outlook and pleasant personality was appreciated by those that knew her.

In the years after school, her first thougts were about her family and how they were doing. She was always thinking about everyone else, interested in what you had to say, and enjoyed the life long friendships she made in her school years. She reached out to other class mates in time of need which was appreciated by all of us.

Julie we miss you.

Bill Leonard – 09/10/2009

Julie and I went to school together both in grade school and high school and I always remember her smile and wonderful sense of fun when she attended all my birthday parties and as we grew into teenagers. She was always a pleasure to be around. I had not seen Julie for many years but I will always remember her and cherish the pictures that I have from those parties and the time I called her friend. I believe strongly that there are Angels and for those that Julie loved and cared about she is now their special Angel. Be at peace Julie.

Sharon (Anderson) Bogatzki – 12/02/2009

You cloudn?t pay me to ignore these posts!

Tommy Tommy – 07/14/2011

Thanks for the insight. It bnigrs light into the dark!

Flip Flip – 08/23/2011

Hannah – If I may be permitted to chip in here, could I just point out that all the South Asians who have done a prpeor Trash the Dress shoot to date have done so in white dresses (e.g. Tasquia & Mohammed, Zaida & Alam, etc). It really is not unusual and if you think about it there are many reasons why you’d choose it over others, e.g. simplicity, colour contrast, beauty, cost, etc.

William William – 09/03/2012