Julie Reinhart Beard, 77, of Medford, Ore. passed away Sunday October 27, 2013 from a 3 ½ year battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Chicago, Ill. November 19, 1935 to Julius Valentine and Margaret Hoglund Reinhart. She graduated from high school in Ashtabula, Ohio and later became an X-ay technician.

Julie eventually moved to Palm Springs, Calif. She worked as head of the X-ray Department in Palm Springs. She also worked in Ridgecrest and Bellflower, Calif. She married Barrett Lee Beard August 16, 1968 and later moved to Hemet, Calif. and settled in Ontario, Calif. In 2001, Julie and Barry moved to Medford, Ore.

Julie was an expert seamstress and loved to bake and garden, including tending to numerous fruit trees. She was also fond of keeping this earth green by recycling long before it became popular. She often referred to herself as a straw boss and that she was.

She is survived by her husband, Barrett Lee Beard; three children, James K. (Sunshine) Beard, 49, of Medford, Ore., Bernice Meg Beard (Ralph J. Armbruster), 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and step-son, Kenneth Beard; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2013 at Perl Siskiyou Funeral Home & Memorial Park.