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Julia Wamsley

February 23, 1941November 12, 2020

Julia D. Wamsley, age 79, of Dade City FL, formerly of Columbiaville MI, passed away November 12, 2020 at McLaren Hospital in Lapeer MI.

Born February 23, 1941 in Sault Ste. Marie MI to Richard Kirkpatrick and Ethel Benedick, Julia spent her youth split between the Upper Peninsula and the Flint area, graduating from LaSalle High in St. Ignace MI in 1959. She married Lester L. Wamsley, Jr. in 1963 and moved to Columbiaville MI in 1968 where she spent the next 52 years working and raising her family. Julia worked at the USPS in Flint in the late 1960’s, was a homemaker for over 25 years, drove a school bus for LakeVille Community Schools in the mid-1980’s, and worked as the office manager for her husband’s consulting business in the 1990’s. Julia was a voracious reader for most of her life and was involved in the Friends of the Otter Lake Library. She also enjoyed listening to country music and watching any TV program with Tom Selleck, from Magnum P.I. to Bluebloods, including his “reverse mortgage” infomercials. Julia was an avid crafter and enjoyed making hobby horses with her sister for Michigan’s Renaissance Faires. At the end of her life Julia most enjoyed spending time with her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren. Julia moved to Dade City FL in March 2020 to live out her golden years in the Sunshine State.

Julia is preceded in death by her husband Les (2005), and leaves behind her three children: Joe (Michelle) of Grand Blanc MI, Karen Woerner (Eric) of Swartz Creek MI, Steve (Lindsay) of Otter Lake MI, and 7 grandchildren: Jaclyn Wamsley, Patrick Woerner, Jillian Wamsley, Katherine Woerner, Ian Wamsley, Nathan Wamsley, and Sarah Madison (Maddie) Wamsley.

Julia also leaves behind siblings Wendy Ehle of Rudyard MI, Laurie (Mike) Katafiasz of Warren OH, Paula (Doug) Smith of Allegan MI, and Eric Dietz of Lewiston MI, her Aunt June Diehl of Flint MI, and scores of family & friends from Michigan to Florida.

Per her request there will be no funeral service, cremation has taken place, and details on Julia’s celebration of life will be forthcoming by the family.



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Gena Bunch

November 17, 2020

Julia was a huge part of the Otter Lake Library's Friends Group. She became the treasurer as a favor to me in the mid 2000's and was very conscientious of her job. As a member of the Friends she also participated in our various fundraisers. One year she handmade a quilt that was raffled off in patriotic red, white and blue. She worked every bake sale that we had always bringing a whole table's worth of goodies to be sold. Anyone who knew her also knew that being on time was not her strong suit! But when she arrived her hair was done up and her lipstick was on!
As a library patron she loved to read and was also a member our our monthly book club and cookbook club. No matter what book was being read she could find an analogy of her life growing up in the UP. During cookbook club you could always count on her to not follow her recipe or add any ingredient from it. We loved hearing her reasoning why and the story that would follow how the food would turn out. She became very dear to our group and will be greatly missed.

Paula Smith

November 15, 2020

Julie was the oldest of Moms daughters and I am the youngest but we were very close and had a lot in common despite the 15 years age difference. When ever we got together, there was always a lot of laughter. She could finish my sentence. I would stay at her house during the fair season and she would always have a hot meal waiting for me at the end of the day even though I would tell her I could pick something up. She was opinionated, stubborn, quick with a come back, funny, generous, no one to mess with, a trusted friend, a perfect mix or sweet and sassy. She gave me a tumbler once that said, "My sister is like a great bra, supportive, never leaves me hanging, makes me look good and is always close to my heart."
I miss her already.


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