Julia Elizabeth Burns,

May 16, 1945 - May 22, 2007



Julie died peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, of 39 years, John Burns; her mother, Katherine Stupey, of Portland; sisters, Mary Sanders, Trisha Smith, and Melody Stupey; and brothers, Mike, Paul, and Matt Stupey, and Emory Keoke. She is predeceased by her father, Laurence Stupey and sisters, Anne Stupey, Evelyn Martinez, and Kathy Keoke. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.



Julie was involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including SMART, RVCDC where she served as board treasurer for several years, Habitat for Humanity, Marielita re-settlement project, Jefferson Public Radio, Britt Festival and the American Heart Association. She came to southern Oregon in 1990 as a Jesuit volunteer and worked full-time for Nonprofit Legal Services in Medford. She and her husband fell in love with the people and area and have lived in Ashland for the past 16 years.



An early interest in computers gave Julie her first career in the computer industry and eventually developed into a second career in property investment. She received her BA in business administration from George State University in 1985, graduating Magna Cum Laude with memberships in several honorary societies.



Her artistic nature was revealed in her early love and training in classical ballet, and in her paintings, photography and sewing. Her passionate commitment to stewardship of the earth and healthy living led to involvement in environmental causes and simple lifestyle. Travel, sea kayaking, backpacking, skiing, bicycling, and yoga were a few of the activities Julie enjoyed sharing with her husband and friends. Friendship Force and hosting students from around the world allowed Julie to unite her interest in social justice and hospitality.



A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at — p.m. at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Ashland with a reception immediately following. A Rosary and meditative vigil will be held the night before from 7 to 8 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite environmental, humanitarian relief, or social justice organization is suggested.