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In loving memory of
Julie E. Mathis
  • September 17, 1949
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  • January 14, 2021

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IN LOVING MEMORY of our brilliant and beloved mother and grandmother, Julie Elizabeth Mathis:

Julie E. Mathis (nee Young, 1949-2021) passed away peacefully in hospital care and the presence of family on January 14, 2021, following a short illness.

A woman ahead of her time, she was fiercely independent, an avid reader and lifelong learner. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business, magna cum laude, which she followed with graduate studies in Economics, primarily focusing on commercial real estate. Prior to retirement, she worked in management and financial analysis of commercial property. She continued learning in her later years in these areas, but enjoyed the sciences the most, having always excelled in mathematics and chemistry. “Books are our friends” is a legacy passed down to all of her grandchildren, along with an appreciation of music, the arts, philosophy and logic. From early in life, she championed peace and women’s rights.

Her family and friends will remember her in her youth as a surfer girl who also sailed well, loved the beach and was a fun ball of energy, and in her later years as a trivia champion who enjoyed concerts and trivia competitions with her husband before his passing. Together, they rarely missed a question in over twenty years. She also enjoyed organizing large events for seniors and holidays.

Throughout her life, she helped many charities, but especially the Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, and Disabled American Veterans, plus various local veteran initiatives. As the wife of the late Jack Mathis (a decorated military officer) and a patriot herself, veteran organizations held a special place in her heart. Having developed elite sewing skills from a hobby, in 2020 she turned those skills to hand sew a large volume of masks for donation to local healthcare workers as well as personally distributing masks provided by the city to senior communities.

With love and admiration, you are deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, her wish was for any desired donations to please be directed to the Humane Society.


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  1. 19 Feb 2021
    Summer Wynn lit a candle:
    Lit since February 19, 2021 at 2:49:48 PM

  2. 19 Feb 2021
    Carol Willshire says:
    So sorry to my cousins and second cousins on your loss. My thoughts and prayers have been with you all during this difficult time.

  3. 19 Feb 2021
    Susan Willshire lit a candle:
    Lit since February 19, 2021 at 2:11:15 PM

  4. 20 Jan 2021
    Patty Copsey Saul says:
    Patty Copsey Saul
    Sad news for PHS class of 1967 ☹️☹️
    Julie E. Young Willshire Wells Mathis passed away last week. She was diagnosed with cancer and died soon after ❤

    Comments
    Salvatore J Fonte
    Condolences to Darryl and to Julie's family

    William Rehmann
    With sympathy and condolences to Daryl and family .

    Craig Rummler
    So sorry to hear. Prayers to all

    Donna Zinckgraf
    So sad to hear this. Condolences to her family

    Don Fowler
    So sorry prayers to all . Rest In Peace

    Linda Pinkerton


    Shirley Ireland Smith

    Carol Grove Nicholas
    So sad to hear.... Rest in Peace..

    Todd Gilbert
    RIP

    Dottie Kinsell
    RIP. So sad.

    Ralph Campbell
    Very sorry to hear. Condolences to her family.

    Karen Schultze
    awww that’s so sad

    Nancy North-Carhart
    RIP

    Carol Phillips
    So sad

    Lynn Clark Pinto


    Janyce Leeds
    Such sad news ☹️ Thanks for keeping us informed.

    Frances Leeds Beidelman
    Sorry to hear. for her family.

    Carol Campbell
    So sorry to hear this. May she Rest In Peace

  5. 20 Jan 2021
    Patty Copsey Saul says:
    I graduated from High School with Julie & Darryl. She was a great person & good friend back then!! Condolences to the family and R I P Julie!

  6. 19 Jan 2021
    William H Young Jr says:
    My sincere sympathy goes out to Julie's family. Julie and I were cousins and we lived in Chelsea Hights not far from each other. I would go over to her house and her father, my second cousin was always building or making something and Julie was always with us. After I went into the service Julie would write to me. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. 18 Jan 2021
    Carol Boyce Heinisch lit a candle:
    Lit since January 18, 2021 at 1:03:35 PM

  8. 18 Jan 2021
    Carol Boyce Heinisch says:
    My deepest sympathy to Julie's family. I remember when her grandfather, Frank Young, would bring her to visit my grandparents, Cecil & Lillian Leek's home in Chelsea Heights. She was the cutest little girl and my great-great Uncle Frank just adored her. I am so sorry for your loss!

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