Chapel of the Hills

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Julie Kathleen Fender

November 18, 1969February 7, 2020


Julie Kathleen Clark passed away peacefully on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the age of 50 in Roseville, California, surrounded by her loving family. Julie was born on November 18, 1969 in Roseville, California to Irvin and Kathleen Clark. She mainly grew up in Newcastle, California along with two older sisters who adored her and a younger brother who looked up to her. She attended Del Oro High School where she starred as one of the best softball pitchers in the Sacramento area in the 1980s. JuJu, as her teammates and coaches affectionately knew her, also played competitively for Shady Ladies and Lady Magic softball teams. She received many honors and awards over the years for her excellence on the diamond, but Julie’s two children and her grandson were her life’s greatest sources of pride. Julie is survived by her son Andrew Fender; daughter Rachel Fender; grandson Aiden Fender; parents Irvin and Kathleen Clark; sisters Lisa Flowers (Todd) and Stacey Haney (Mark); brother Anthony Clark (Helen); and numerous nieces and nephews. Julie will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her. We will forever cherish our precious memories with our beautiful mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at the Newcastle Cemetery, 850 Taylor Road, Newcastle, California 95658. A reception to follow.


  • Funeral Service Friday, February 21, 2020


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Christine Hopkins (Stanley)

February 24, 2020

I graduated 1990 and played 3 years of softball remembering hearing how great a player Julie Clark was. Just never got the chance to be on the same team. Condolences to her family and friends. So young to leave this world. She will be missed but never forgotten.

Laurie Sommer (Dahlberg)

February 21, 2020

Julie and I grew up (together) on the softball diamond. From 5-Cities, to Del Oro, to Shady Ladies/Lady Magic/Magic - I feel very fortunate to have played with such a gifted softball legend. She was absolutely fierce on the mound. I vividly remember our car rides to Mills Jr High turning into “carpool karaoke,” singing songs from the 80s, whether we knew the words or not. Her laughter was contagious and her sense of humor was pure entertainment.

Irvin, Kathy, Lisa, Stacey and Anthony – thank you for sharing her with us.

Jennifer Garcia Patton

February 20, 2020

I feel blessed that I was able to play on Lady Magic with you. You made me a better pitcher as you were someone I always looked up to. I will never forget all of those summer days with our jackets on our right arms. Love, Jenny

Mike Saulter

February 17, 2020

To put it simply, Julie was our Ace. First thing you have to understand about being an Ace, is that means she was a pitcher. And pitchers by their very nature walk to their own beat. And Julie sure did! That's why we loved our Ace. Our lives would have been very dull without JuJu.

For our Ace. LOVE.


Gizelle Ingle

February 17, 2020

Julie, you were one of the most amazing people I've met in my life. I met you at work and working with you brought me joy. You were so kind, silly and joyful. There was never a bad day allowed with you around. If you saw someone upset you'd bring out your little pom poms and cheer for them to have a better day. I loved working with you and I'm thankful to have met you. Thanks for making my time at work worth it and easy even on my bad days. You'll be dearly missed. You were part of a family outside of your own. Fly high sweet angel and watch over all of us down here how you always did.

Kelly McCue (Barnes)

February 14, 2020

So many memories to sift thru, Ju-Ju.
We couldn’t have been older than 9 when we met at pitching camp-much too young to understand that we were supposed to be competitors.
Our friendship withstood long absences between the annual All-star tournaments-much too close to be competitors.
But for me, Ju, you we're the heart and soul of the Ladies. Playing side by side with you will forever be the highlight of both my softball days and my adolescence.
Your talent was un-matched, my friend but your loyalty, devotion and self sacrifice helped shape me into adulthood-you we're much too young to leave us, #3.

Love you, Julie!

Scott Barnes

February 13, 2020

One of my favorite memories of Julie...
I coached her with the Shady Ladies and then Lady Magic. I usually warmed her up before games. Before we took the field for the start of the game, Ju Ju liked to warm up by throwing pitches from second base!
I still remember the looks she would get from players in the opposing dugout. She often had them psyched out before the game even started.

And that laugh, I miss her giggles. Love you Ju Ju.....