Julie Ellen James
May 7, 1958 – January 8, 2021
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Julie James, was called home on January 8, 2021.
Julie was born in Sacramento, California on May 7, 1958 to Gale and Elaine Brown, the first of five children. She was born only minutes before her twin sister, Gayle, as she would lovingly call her “womb mate”. She cherished her brothers, Steven and Dennis, and adored her little sister Charlene.
While in high school, she met the love of her life, and fell in love with the handsome and charming, Jerry James, who survives her. They eventually married on July 1, 1978 and shared a long, happy marriage rooted by their deep love and respect for each other.
Julie’s genuine love for people impacted everyone she met, for the better. Julie lived life on her terms—full of love, compassion, and service. Julie truly loved life and she also loved a good meal, a good book, a good vacation, and a good party. Julie was not only an amazing mother, but also was a devoted grandmother, always present. She was most proud of her children and grandchildren. Her son, Jerry III, who passed away too early, she was heartbroken to have outlived him.
Survived by her two daughters, Rachel, and Debbie and her five grandchildren: Faith, Tatum, Elijah, Jacob, and Jaden. She cherished her family and played an integral role in the lives of those close to her. Always confident and beautiful, she led by example and was the perfect model for unconditional love, humor, and inner strength. She will be profoundly missed by many. She was sweet and funny, kind and feisty, and held an opinion on everything from politics to doctoring to fashion to all matters of child-rearing. Julie gave so much and asked for little in return. She brought a smile and sparkle into the lives of all who knew her, and we will miss her forever.
A memorial service celebrating Julie’s life will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1PM at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Julie Ellen James
Al and Gloria Montoya/Flores
January 21, 2021
Dear friend Julie, you enriched our lives with your love friendship and willingness to reach out to strangers. We met Julie and Jerry when Al started dialysis 5 years ago. She was so sweet and kind, telling us she would pray for us. She or Jerry kept in touch with us especially if she or Al were in the hospital. We will miss this beautiful angel in our lives. My sister in Christ. Love you forever.
January 19, 2021
My grandma was my best friend, my ONLY constant in my life. My parent when I had none. There was literally nothing she didn’t know about me and we talked 2x a day. She would call me every single night at 2-4 am to see if I got home okay from work, or if I ate. I’m going to miss our 2 am food trips, and watching movies with her. About 6 months ago I asked her if I wasn’t her granddaughter would we be as close.. her answer was, “yes of course, our souls are connected and that will never change”. She pushed me to be a better person and was ALWAYS there when I fell. Her unconditional love is one that is so strong that it even lingers now that she’s in heaven. A lot of people love to say, “you have an angel watching over you” and stuff like that. But in all honesty, that’s the last thing I want her to be doing up there. I hope she is living it up with my uncle, little Jerry and the rest of her family. Pain free. All I want is to hold her again and tell her how much I love her, but the fact that I know she is no longer in pain pushes all the despair away. She lives in her children and grandchildren and I will make sure she is remembered not for how she died but for how she lived. Love you, “lil julia” ❤️
January 13, 2021
What can I say, Julie was my twin sister. She loved to remind me that she was my older sister and I would say only by 15 minutes as I needed the time to stretch out. I have a million and one memories of my sister . When we were babies Julie was my constant playmate. We always had each other. I named her Wombmate1 and myself Wombmate2 when we played each other in online SCRABBLE. Julie loved us as Wombmates and often spoke of it. Me too. We played online games for years. We also played offline games with family and friends. We used to play poker and other card or board games. Julie and I loved to go to the Movies, Karaoke, Plays and out to eat. We didn't mind long drives because we had time to talk. I was very lucky that Jerry always made me feel welcome when Julie wanted to include me when they went out. He said he was spoiling his wife and her twin. Julie and I ARE and will always BE Wombmates, Twin Sisters, Best friends, and Family. I will miss her and love her forever.