Julia Joyce Finnegan

February 27, 1974October 15, 2020

Julia Joyce (Demarest) Finnegan, a loving mother, daughter, and sister, ended her long battle with ovarian cancer on October 15th, 2020, she was 46 years old. Julia was born in Morton, WA on February 27th, 1974 to Wayne Demarest and Donna Sorensen, attended elementary school in both Randle and Morton, junior high in Morton, and moved to Tumwater during high school where she graduated in 1992. Julia loved playing basketball and was a member of the first women’s basketball team at South Puget Sound Community College.

Julia’s true passion was horses and riding in equestrian events from 4-H as a youth, to drill team and team penning in her later years. Julia enjoyed passing this love of horses to not only her son Thomas, but to other youth as well. Her work with youth not only involved horses, but Julia volunteered with 4-H and was superintendent for the Thurston County cat 4-H program.

When Julia was not on horseback, she was highly involved with the Thurston county chapter of Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and was an avid sports fan. Julia enjoyed watching the Seahawks, Mariners, and WSU football. Julia attended many Mariners games with Thomas and her mother Donna. Julia loved being with family, especially Thomas. She was preceded in death by her dad, Wayne, and is survived by her son Thomas, mother Donna Sorensen, brother Nathan (Megan) Demarest, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Cancer Society in memory of Julia Finnegan.


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Chyma Miller-Smith

October 27, 2020

To Julia, Thank you… you were part of Lilly Bay Barn and you shared your love for Mud and Pistol with us along with your love of the co-op horses and their owners. There was love, laughter, frustration, and at times tears based on what the horses or their owners were doing that day. You would share your insight and knowledge of the horses with the new and old co-op members. You were there to help when needed and did not think twice about being there to babysit one of the horses when they were sick.

Thank you for sharing your son Thomas with us. Though at times I think Thomas was not so keen on having five other mothers watching him, but it was easy to see the love you had for him. I am so mad that Cancer took you from us. I know you fought hard and long. Just know that …You may have left our life but you will never leave our memories.

Your life was a blessing, Your memory of treasure, You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

Chyma and Lilly Bay Barn....

Janis Rich

October 26, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Julia. I was lucky to have have met her, going way back to the Regence Insurance days in Olympia. She was always so calm and funny. Over the years, I haven't seen her much, mostly through our other friends in common, but it was always wonderful to hang out in those shared moments. Her love of family and her animals was obvious. Thank you for being there for so many people throughout your life, Julie. You were a special person.
I can't imagine how tough this must be for Donna and Thomas.
Peace to you in this very difficult time.

Pennie Cooley

October 23, 2020

I was having difficulty getting my Warmblood to load in my trailer. I would have food in the trailer for her , coax her in, have a buddy Arab horse already in the trailer, but no. She would not have anything to do with my trailer, which was extra tall, just for her.

I asked Julia for some help. She came over, took my horse out of the stall and walked her into the trailer. Julia spoke horse in all breeds.