Julie Anna Vardabasso

June 21, 1957 – June 22, 2018
Surrounded by those she loved, Julie took her last breath shortly after her 61st birthday.  However, it is not the years in her life that count, but the life in her years.

Julie Lynch was born at Vancouver General Hospital in 1957.  Being the third child of six in a large family helped to develop her character. Vancouver General was prominent in Julie’s later years as she attended the School of Nursing there, a place where she met many friends that she would cherish. It was during this time that she happened to meet a tall, moustached Italian stranger at U.B.C.’s Pit Disco, who quickly became the love of her life. Upon graduating, Julie followed her love to his hometown of Vernon, a place she had never heard of before. On July 10th, 1982, Julie married Morris Vardabasso and wasted no time starting both a family and her career as an Operating Room nurse. Julie often referred to her years in the O.R. as a calling, as she was fascinated by how things worked, and had no shortage of compassion for those who were nervously awaiting an upcoming surgery. She reflected fondly on her career and colleagues when she retired after 34 years.

Though Julie poured herself into her work, she also filled her spare time with many personal passions. From a young age she loved being active as she was a competitive sprinter before “discovering” many different sports including soccer, volleyball, squash, tennis, and eventually pickle ball. Even when Julie was sitting down, she had to stay busy, taking up sewing, knitting and quilting. However, Julie’s greatest passion was forging lifelong relationships with others. She was gregarious, loving and fun, and therefore happiest sharing stories in the company of her family and friends. 

Julie will forever be remembered as an amazing wife and mother, and lover of all things Royal, by her husband, Morris and their three children, Anthony, Natalie and Olivia. She was predeceased by her parents, Catherine and Paul Lynch.

The Vardabasso family would like to thank the many friends and family that have sent their love and condolences. In honour of a life well lived, a Celebration for Julie will be held at the Vernon Alliance Church, 2601-43rd Avenue, on Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Stuart McKnight officiating.  A Reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Julie to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, 565 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 4J4 or the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5L2.

Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5. 250-542-1187.

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