Julie A. Ramsey, 74, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. Julie was born on September 14, 1944 in Hutchinson, Kansas and has been an Arizona resident for 57 years. She is survived by her husband of 55 years Jim, twin children Shelly Licence and Chad Ramsey, granddaughter Emily, and step grandsons Kurt and Drew Licence and mother-in-law Joyce Ramsey. She graduated from ASU (Arizona State University) with a degree in Early Education. She has been in the education field her whole career as a teacher, manager and administrator. She loved kids. Prior to her passing, she worked for Southwest Human Development and Educare Arizona. She also worked for the State of Arizona for CPS (Child Protective Services) and Child Care Licensing. She and her husband also owned and operated a children's daycare center. She currently holds a real estate broker’s license and has been in the field for over 30 years, at one time having her own real estate company. Other areas of her career included dog grooming and a catering business. Julie was extremely active in her Lakes Community. She was on the Lakes Activity committee for over 20 years, helped plan and organize the Lakes 25th anniversary celebration and wat the Lakes “Woman of the year” in 2002. She was also involved with the City of Tempe. Her community involvement included the Rio Salado Advisory Commission in Tempe, Friends of Rio Salado and the Tempe Historical Society. Additional organizations include Mother of Twins Club, Toastmasters International, AAUW, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a Heard Museum member. She loved gardening and antiques. She is a master gardener and belongs to the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs as well as the National Garden Clubs Inc. and is a member of the Desert Botanical Gardens. She is also a member of the National Toothpick Holder Collector’s Society. Her love of gardening and antiques led her to found the Sunrise Garden Club of Tempe and Hayden’s Ferry Questers in 1994. She touched so many lives both young and old and leaves a void in our lives and community. She will be missed SO MUCH! If you wish, instead of flowers, tax deductible donations can be given in her name to the Hayden’s Ferry Questers, whose funds will be used to help the continuing restoration of the Peterson House in Tempe. Julie’s chapter has donated over $25K toward that restoration. Donations can be sent to 962 E. Driftwood Dr. Tempe, AZ 85283.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 9:30 AM at Grace Community Church, 1200 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, Arizona. A reception will be held at the church immediately following the services. Interment will take place at Double Butte Cemetery, 2505 West Broadway Road, Tempe, Arizona. Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona is compassionately serving the family.