Eugene, OR - Julia Whitmore, beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend died on October 9, 2023, in
Springfield, Oregon. She was 67. The cause was glioblastoma.
Julie was born in Seattle, Washington to J. Andrew and Ann Brooks. She grew up in Portland, Oregon,
attending Lincoln High School, and then graduated from the University of Oregon.
Julie was a treasure, known for her intelligence, compassion, and unwavering friendship. Her quick wit
and curious spirit brought joy to those around her, and she approached life with enthusiasm, even after
her diagnosis. Julie lived each day to the fullest, cherishing every moment.
After college Julie worked for years as a paralegal in Washington, D.C., Portland, and Boston. She
enjoyed her profession, dedicating herself to her work with diligence and integrity.
After settling in Eugene in 1988, Julie became actively involved in the community, campaigning for local
option school levies and serving on numerous charitable boards, often as chairperson. Among them
were Bring Recycling, the Eugene Youth Symphony, the Eugene Education Fund, and the Eugene Public
Library Foundation. Julie made a significant impact on the lives of so many. She also volunteered her
time for habitat restoration projects with the McKenzie River Trust and taught yoga to youth at the Serbu
Juvenile Justice Center as a certified yoga instructor. Julie's generous spirit and commitment to service
were truly inspiring.
Music was another passion that brought joy to Julie's life. She played guitar and piano, sang with friends,
and even wrote her own music and lyrics. Nature and the outdoors also held a special place in Julie's
heart, and she enjoyed wildlife-viewing trips to eastern Oregon and spent countless days hiking and
skiing in the Cascades. Julie was also a member of the Eugene Fortnightly Club for many years. She and
her husband Jim were long-standing members of Central Presbyterian Church, where they found solace
Julie is survived by her loving husband, Jim, her son Andrew, her daughter Grace, her granddaughter
Alana, and her five siblings. She will be remembered as a devoted family woman who cherished her
loved ones deeply.
A memorial service to celebrate Julie's life will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, located at 555 E.
15th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon, on December 3, 2023, at 2 PM. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Eugene Public Library
Foundation or the McKenzie River Trust. Contributions made in Julie's memory will continue to support
causes that were close to her heart.
Julie’s impact on the lives of those around her will long be remembered. Her legacy of kindness,
compassion, and dedication to others will continue to inspire for years to come.