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Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Chapel

407 Jerry Street, Castle Rock, CO

OBITUARY

Julie Ann Chipps

October 9, 1947September 11, 2019
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Julie Ann Chipps Obituary

Julie Ann Chipps (Ash), 71, of Castle Rock, Colorado, passed away at home on September 11, 2019. She was born on October 9, 1947 in Paradise, California, daughter of the late Herbert and Rose Mary Ash of Goodyear, Arizona.

Julie graduated from Agua Fria Union High School in Goodyear, Arizona in 1965 and Arizona State University in 1968 with a BA degree in Education. While earning her degree at ASU, she was selected as the National Commander of Angel Flight, a subsidiary of the US Air Force during the Vietnam war. At ASU, she sewed her own clothing and was named one of the ten best dressed coeds on campus. In 1968, she married Samuel K Chipps. She was involved with the Officer Wives Clubs at several Naval Air Stations. She taught science and math in several states, and then gave birth to two children, Lisa K and Eric S Chipps. After the children started school in Colorado, Julie became involved in the interior design industry. She opened several related businesses and then became a sales representative for the trade. Julie had many clients in most of the mountain states, and she spent several years traveling. Work came readily to Julie as manufactures sought her services. With a partner, she opened and operated two Curves for Women gyms in Aurora, Colorado. Julie loved interacting with people and was a natural center of attraction.

Active in her community, Julie headed a multiyear building committee to complete the new Parker United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her golf league, the P.E.O. charitable organization, Mah Jongg league, sewing group, art classes, morning walks, world travel, spending time with her three grandchildren, and events with the “Pals”. She loved the mountains and sleeping in a tent during the rain. Julie is survived by her loving husband and companion of 52 years, Samuel Chipps; daughter Lisa K Chipps Vassilev and son Eric S Chipps; two sisters, Mary Duell and Victoria Fox; and one brother, Lee J Ash.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made In Memory of Julie Chipps (chapter HY) to the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship Fund: https://donations.peointernational.org/peo-donation-star Or checks may written to “PEO International” and mailed to PEO President Kris Dickinson, 5211 Sage Thrasher Rd, Parker CO 80134.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Outdoor Reception to follow services Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Barbara Ashe Walkington

September 20, 2019

Julie was the cousin closest to me in age, so I always looked forward to playing with her as a child. I remember her always being cheerful and fun! As we grew up I enjoyed seeing her at our many family functions. We so appreciated how she made the effort to come to as many events as possible.

I always loved Julie's beautiful smile and remember well the sound of her laughter. I know she will be sorely missed by all her family and friends. We will miss her too.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Rob Brosius

September 20, 2019

Julie and I dated for two years at Aqua Fria high school. We continued as friends throughout our lives. I last saw Julie when I was in Colorado on business in 2002. We had lunch and enjoyed an afternoon together. Julie had the most beautiful smile and with that smile and her beautiful eyes she could make you seem anything was possible. She was my first love and will always have a piece of my heart. You will be missed by many and I hope to see you in a better place when we are all with our Lord and Savior.
All my love to you and family!!
Rob

Kelly Lensink

September 20, 2019

I always really enjoyed the conversations Julie and I had at various family reunions. She had such an incredible background and breadth of experience that gave such a unique and interesting perspective on whatever topics we discussed. Your spirit and energy will be missed. Love, Kelly

Lonnie & Loreen Crosby

September 19, 2019

Owing to the similarity in ages of our children, Loreen and I had many opportunities to meet and visit with Julie over the years. As is always the case, as time passes and the kids go their separate ways, we had lost contact with Sam and Julie. When those memories come, the image that always is there is that smile, that beautiful smile of Julie's.
Many years ago Loreen received a call from Sam to offer condolences on my passing. Although it was a case of mistaken identity, both of us still remember that call. Now it is, sadly, time for us to extend our sincerest condolences to Sam, Lisa, and Eric on the passing of the beloved wife and mother....and that smile.

Don Shaver

September 18, 2019

I was a high school friend of Julie. I remember how caring and happy she always was. I have the fondest memories of her. I looked at her as a sister as much as a good friend. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She will be missed.

Cathy Wertheim (Rhiel)

September 18, 2019

Julie lived in the house directly behind mine. When we were little girls we used to build tents together on her patio, play together in her room, Herb and Rose would take me with Julie on many trips, including trips to, I believe Salome, where a relative had a property with a pool. We both had little lanterns that were used every night to signal each other from our bedroom windows to say goodnight. I was always envious of her eye lashes. I am so sorry for your loss and I will always remember her.

Cathy

GREGORY VASSILEV

September 17, 2019

Barbara Cole

September 16, 2019

We were life long friends through grade school and high school. RIP my friend - you will be missed.

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Julie’s early childhood

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Julie’s early childhood

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Julie's childhood

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Teenage Julie (circa 1962)

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At ASU, Julie was the National Angel Flight Commander.

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Sam & Julie, ASU 1967

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"Bride to be": Wedding announcement photo, 1968

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Sam & Julie's Wedding August 4, 1968

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Sam's Naval Commissioning, November 1968

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Julie caught a big fish! (1968)