Julia E. Scanlon: 1923-2017

Jan 31, 2017

Julia was born in a small Georgian town to a poor sharecropper and his wife; she was immensely proud of her humble upbringing. She was the oldest of five siblings and the last living sibling. Her three brothers and one sister adored her.

She moved to Athens, Georgia, and, upon completing high school, she went on to business college, followed by a job as a librarian at the University of Georgia.

While staying at her rooming house, she met a young sailor teaching flag signaling at the Navy School. It was love at first sight. After the war, her husband, Ed, brought her to Seattle. He started a carpet business and Julia stayed home to raise the children.

In 1957, they moved to Edmonds, WA. Ed later suffered a stroke and heart attached at an early age, and Julia began working at Group Health to support the family.

Her life's love was her family. She also loved playing bridge, and belonged to several bridge clubs, playing until her last year.

She lived for her seven children her pride and joys, and six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is survived by her seven children: Joan Sims (Roger), Jim Scanlon (Sue), John Scanlon, Margaret Bass (Harris), Anne Farmer (Steve), Dot Sawyer (Don), and Cathy Berry (Wayne); six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Julia was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ed, in 1996.

In Julia's final years she was slowed by her heart condition. She was attended to by her children, some of whom live here, and others who came for extended visits. Julia also hired a couple of wonderful caregivers, Connie and Gwen, who filled a lot of gaps. Julia was up and active even until her final day, playing bridge with son and friends. She was a fabulous hostess, much loved by those that met her and knew her.

A visitation was held Friday, Jan. 27, at Beck's Tribute Center in Edmonds, with a funeral service Saturday, Jan. 28, at Mountlake Terrace Christian Church in Mountlake Terrace, followed by a graveside service at Holyrood Cemetery in Shoreline, WA.

Please share memories at www.becksfuneralhome.com.

 

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