It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Julia Zimmerman (nee Reese). Julia passed away peacefully, hours before her 74th birthday, at the Marion Hospice in Vancouver. She is survived by her 6 children and 10 grandchildren.
Julia spent her childhood packed into a modest home in the English midlands along with her parents and 8 siblings. She finally got a chance for a little more space and independence when she was 18. She travelled to Canada to meet her fiancee who had gone ahead to Montreal. Jules, who loved to dance, had such a good time on the ship, she broke off her engagement when she arrived. She then moved to Vancouver where she would meet her husband and the father of her children (the late Sunny Zimmerman).
In 1967 the family moved to Vernon and Jules would call this home for the next 25 years. Her defining moments (hours) perhaps came between 1960 and 1970 when she produced her own little “Brady Bunch”. Over the ensuing years she became a breast feeding, diaper changing, meal making machine. She also found time for tennis, skiing and working at various retail outlets.
Jules returned to Vancouver in the early 1990’s where she continued to be a unique, independent, energetic individual for the rest of her life taking her illness and the accompanying brain surgery in stride. Even while in hospital and with her energy fading she was quick with a laugh, a little jig and a thumbs up for her kids and grandkids. The family would like to thank the staff and Doctors at the hospice and at VGH for the care she received.
A Celebration of Life is being held for family and friends – Oct 20th, 4pm – Penthouse at the Watermark Resort – 15 Park Place- Osoyoos.