Julia Anita Tackitt

February 12, 1933February 1, 2019
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Julia Contreras Tackitt passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children and grandchildren, on Friday, February 1, 2019. We know that our father, Howard Tackitt, was there to greet her with open arms and his loving heart, for he was waiting patiently to be reunited with his “jewel”, the love of his life. One of eleven siblings, Julia Anita Burruel Contreras was born February 12, 1933, in Fresno, CA to Julia and Reynaldo Contreras. Forever proud of her Mexican heritage and the “vida hermosa” and childhood they created as a hard working, loving family. She married Howard Russell Tackitt on September 14, 1963. Once starting a family, she volunteered her time with the school district and eventually became a teacher’s aide with Fresno Unified. She was a devout Catholic and volunteered time for hours of Adoration at her parish, St. Anthony of Padua. Our mother was also a strong believer in social justice and her views always reflected compassion and equality. She was impeccable with her word and always voted. As busy as she was with her job and being a dedicated homemaker, she never once missed her children’s sporting events and always made time for her grandchildren’s events as well. She was also an avid sports fan. If you visited our mother, you would often find her watching sporting events on her beloved ESPN. She also loved music and our home was filled with song and her pretty voice. When asked who his favorite singer was, our father said, “Your mom.” Her adoration for our father was obvious. She once said that she would rather live with our father in a cardboard box than to live in a mansion without him. How blessed we were to be raised by parents who embodied what marriage and family should be: Two imperfect people who are perfect for each other, dedicated to creating a beautiful life, a soft place to fall, for their children and grandchildren.

Joy was just a thing that we were raised on, Love was just a way to live and die, Gold was a California sunset, Blue was the color of his eyes.

Julia is survived by her children Daniel Tackitt {Johanna}, Heather Tackitt, Alison Tackitt Pratt {Lloyd}, step-son James W. Tackitt; Grandchildren Hannah Wilkerson, Emily Pratt, Benjamin Pratt, Joseph Tackitt, Zachary Tackitt; step-grandchildren Heidi Baker, James Tackitt Jr., Eric Tackitt, Pam Thornton, Karen Tackitt, Blayne, Jordyn, and Grace Pinochi. Siblings Joseph Contreras, Reuben Contreras, Gilbert Contreras, Dolly Bailey, Mary Lewis, all of Fresno, CA, and Olivia Egbert of Oakdale, CA. She will also be missed by many loving nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren as well.

Because she loved children and to honor our Mother’s fight against ovarian cancer, donations can be made in her name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - or to Valley Children's Hospital at

A Visitation will occur Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., location: Tinkler Funeral Chapel & Crematory 475 North Broadway Street, Fresno, California 93701.

A Rosary Service will occur Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 6:00 P.M., location: Tinkler Funeral Chapel & Crematory 475 North Broadway Street, Fresno, California 93701

A Mass of Christian Burial will occur Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 10:00 A.M., location: St. Therese Catholic Church 1444 North Wishon Avenue, Fresno, California 93728

A Committal Service will occur immediately following The Mass of Christian Burial, location: Fresno Memorial Gardens, 175 South Cornelia Avenue, Fresno, California 93706.


  • Alison Pratt, Daughter
  • James Tackitt, Son
  • Daniel Tackitt, Son
  • Heather Tackitt, Daughter
  • Joseph Contreras, Brother
  • Gilbert Contreras, Brother
  • Olivia Egbert, Sister
  • Dolly Bailey, Sister
  • Mary Lewis, Sister
  • Reuben Contreras, Brother

  • Anthony Contreras
  • Gilbert Contreras Jr.
  • Samuel Egbert
  • Derik Jakusz
  • Ryan Contreras
  • Stephen Contreras
  • LLoyd Pratt Jr.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, February 14, 2019

Julia Anita Tackitt

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Heather Tackitt

February 10, 2019

We pay tribute by describing what someone means to us. The only word that comes to mind is "Everything." My mom was everything to me.

She was my life giver, the first heart beat I heard, the first loving hands that held me, all music and songs of my childhood, the greatest fan during my soccer games, the delicious smells of our family kitchen, my guidepost in my teen and college years, and a non-judgmental listening ear as a grew into a woman. She was a traditional woman who knew her worth, while encouraging her children to know their true worth as well. She showed us the real meaning of marriage. She supported our life choices and always let us know she was steadfast in her love for each of us. She was amazingly strong without outward bravado. Any good qualities I may have stem from this righteous, graceful, kind, warrior.

I know that we are just "shells" and the real content of a person is the sum of the lessons they teach and the impact they have on others. Therefore, my mom will never die. She will live on forever because I know she touched so many hearts and she made a positive difference in peoples lives. Importantly, I know that daily, (as I struggle right now and as I move forward) I will refer to her as my guiding star. I will come to crossroads in my life and I will ask, "What would my mom do? What would she think of this?" If I take action with her as my navigator, my mom travels with me and I (we) will be delivered to beautiful places.

I will miss her voice, her soft touch, and her beautiful smile. I will miss everything. But I know she is in my soul and we will never be apart. This sustains me.

Mom, keep holding Dad's hand and keep your joined watchful eyes on us all. I will look for you in every soaring eagle, every visiting dove, every rain drop, all sunny days, and in the laughter of your grandchildren and family.

My eternal love, your daughter.

Carol Contreras

February 10, 2019

My wonderful memories of Aunt Julia are many but mostly her warm smile and soft spoken caring voice. She always asked about my family and was so thoughtful. We always had such good times at the St Patrick's Day dinners at the church and was so happy she won the raffle last year. She was so excited to win her bottle of Jameson. The last time I talked to her on the phone I asked her how she was doing and she said she was doing good and was sweeping and mopping the floor under the careful watch of the girls of course. She never complained and truly was a strong warrior who I will admire forever. She will always have a special place in my heart and was such a blessing to the family. Anthony and I loved her very much and will miss her a lot!

Anthony Contreras

February 10, 2019

My Aunt Julia will always be close to my heart and I will remember her forever as very loving and caring . A favorite memory is the family gatherings at Christmas and Thanksgiving when I was younger and seeing Aunt Julia and Uncle Howard at the table always smiling and happy to have everyone there. She was always in good spirits and I never heard her say a negative word. I will miss her so much.

Dara Chapman

February 6, 2019

To a wonderful lady, Julia. What a role model not only for your children but to all of us who had the opportunity to be in your presence. May you Rest In Peace with your eternal partner by your side.

Love to your spirit,

Suzanne Crosina-Sahm

February 6, 2019

Dear Alison -

Your dear mother sounds like she was a beautiful person. I can see so many of her wonderful attributes described in this obituary in you. She will live on through you, all the good you bring to this world and through the beautiful children you are raising.

Love to you and your family,
Suzanne Crosina-Sahm