Julie Ann Duke, 72 of West Jordan, passed away on July 27th, 2021, after a long battle with Lymphoma.
She was born in Salt Lake on August 22, 1948 to Margaret Main (Mickey) and Oswald Delisle (Dell) Bush. Julie graduated from West High in 1966 where she was a cheerleader. She then graduated from Salt Lake Community College and went on to work for and retire from Ikon Office Solutions as an Administrative Assistant.
She married Kenneth (Kenny) Lee Woods in 1969 (later divorced). Together they had two children Brent and Jennifer. She married Jay Thomas (Tom) Duke on February 18, 2000.
Her love for her family always came first and always showed. She loved hard and fought harder for herself and for those she loved. Sadly, she did not win the 4th battle with cancer, but she won in life. Julie was a woman of many talents and interests, including watching her birds, sewing, golfing, bowling, cooking, gardening, and fishing. She had a great love for Alaska and enjoyed many fishing trips there that put the biggest smile on her face and a mischievous laugh in her voice.
After Julie retired, she started quilting. She was very particular about getting everything just right. She made beautiful quilts and was an expert seamstress. She was recruited by her daughter to help with a local Days for Girls Chapter where her perfectionism and expert sewing skills were desperately needed to create beautiful, reusable feminine hygiene kits to send all over the world. She was an expert on making every component and made sure that each piece was beautiful and would last the lucky recipient many years. In 2018, Julie was recognized as one of the chapters Super Volunteers. Even when Julie was super sick, tired, and weak, she kept asking for components to work on. It helped her get through the bad days knowing she was making a difference, and it inspired the rest of the team to keep working in her absence. Julie was not one to waste anything, so she would collect all the scraps of fabric leftover from cutting out various components and she would work with other non-profit organizations like Quilts for Kids and the Humane Society to transform fabric scraps into patchwork quilts to comfort children facing serious illness, trauma, abuse, and natural disasters, or stuffed dog beds for the dogs at the Humane Society. She was passionate, generous, hardworking, and a force to be reckoned with. Even when she wasn't feeling well, she worried about her friends and loved ones, and worked to do what she could to ease their burdens. She will truly be missed!
Julie is survived by her husband Tom; children Brent Woods, Jennifer Woods, Stephanie Duke, Christine (Billy) White, grandchildren; Jaxon Woods, Madison Duke, Hailey Duke, Liam White, Ginny White, T.J. White and 1 great grandchild, Skylar Manzanares; her sisters-in-law Trudy Bush and Fran Bush, brother-in-law Lou Fisch and many nieces and nephews that she adored.
Preceded in death by her parents Margaret Main and Oswald Delisle Bush, and her brothers David and Richard Bush and sister-in-law Brenda Fisch.
A visitation and viewing will be Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, a Memorial Service will begin at Noon at Starks Funeral Parlor located at 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106. Internment to follow at Larkin Sunset Lawn located at 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108.
A special thank you to Utah Cancer Specialists and all of her wonderful caregivers at IMC Medical.