Kristen lost her father in 1980, but soon gained a wonderful stepfather, Merle Newton.
In 1986, the family moved to Colorado Springs to start a new life in the mountains of Colorado and Kristen loved spending time outdoors - especially in the Garden of the Gods. Kristen met her future husband, Josh Goure, in 1996 shortly before graduating from Liberty High School and they got married in 1999. Kristen and Josh were together for 27 years and married for 24 years. It was love at first sight.
Kristen spent some time in college and held a few jobs, but made the decision to exit the workforce and instead focused on her art and being a homemaker and muse for Josh. While Kristen and Josh didn’t have children, they did have rescue dogs. Athena came into the family at the beginning of the relationship, and Sophia came into the family over the last couple years. Both held very special places in Kristen’s heart.
The family ventured all across the West Coast, moved to Seattle, then the Bay Area, then back to Seattle. Kristen loved spending time at the coast with her feet in the water regardless of how cold it was. A drizzly, foggy beach walk made Kristen the happiest. Kristen also got to travel internationally visiting Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Greece, Turkey, and the Caribbean. So many wonderful experiences and memories were created on those trips.
She is survived by her husband Josh and fur baby Sophia of Seattle WA, mother Betty Newton of Colorado Springs CO, mother-in-law Becky Goure and father-in-law Michael Goure of Napoleon OH, brother Jeff Julius and sister-in-law Carolyn Julius along with her nephews Jordan and Justin Julius of Colorado Springs CO, brother Kevin Julius of London UK, step-sister Shelly Newton of Marshalltown IA and step-niece April Essam of Beatrice NE, sister-in-law Jeni Brenneman and brother-in-law Rex Brenneman along with her nieces and nephew Aspen Rettig, Chelsea Brenneman, and Cody Brenneman of Napoleon OH, Aunt Donna Holst and Uncle Richard Holst of Clare IA, Aunt Karen Shoemaker of Glenwood Springs CO, Uncle Craig Lindley and Aunt Heather Hubbard of Colorado Springs CO, Uncle Fred Goure and Eliza Goure of Lakewood CA, Aunt Karen Harmon and Uncle Allen Harmon of Long Beach CA, Aunt Lynda Armstrong and Uncle Barry Armstrong of Phoenix AZ, along with many cousins, a great niece and great nephew, extended family, and many friends that were as close as family to Kristen.
A private service will be held in Seattle for immediate family.