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Valhalla Funeral Home & Valhalla Memory Gardens

698 Winchester RD NE, Huntsville, AL

OBITUARY

Julia Terrell Bouvier

May 1, 1938March 16, 2020
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Julia Terrell Bouvier, of Huntsville, Alabama passed away Monday, March 16, 2020 at the age of 81. Julia was born in Montgomery, Alabama on May 1, 1938 to Oliver M. Snow and Willie Raines Snow. Julia married her first husband, Horace Terrell at the age of 17. Horace, then a Marine, was stationed in Baltimore and could not be with Julia. True to her fighting spirit she moved into an apartment under the street level with no windows in Washington, D.C. to be close enough for Horace to see her on weekends. She had learned to type in high school which helped to get a secretarial job in the Department of Agriculture. The couple returned to Alabama were Julia worked for a while as a switch board operator for Bell South in Huntsville. Julia had natural talent as a painter and applied her skills to graphic illustration in various jobs on Redstone Arsenal. In 1972 Julia was hired as a graphics artist for the organization now known as the Defense Intelligence Agency, Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC). She took writing and editing courses at the University of Alabama Huntsville and successfully competed for a position at MSIC as a technical writer/editor. Unfortunately Julia and Horace divorced. Julia a classic beauty with a wonderful open and vivacious spirit attracted the attention of Joe Tinney, MSIC Program Management Directorate Chief. They married in 1984 but Joe was quickly overcome by cancer. In 2004 Julia married Mike Bouvier, an intelligence analyst at MSIC. They had a playful and adventurous relationship and travelled to Aruba, New Mexico, London, Paris, and very often to Gulf Shores and Ft. Walton to lay on the beach. They had two Pomeranians with teddy-bear haircuts named Suzi and Tat. Julia’s artistic creativity and desire to meet people and give them joy. She began making scenes of sunflowers and butterflies within shadow boxes topped by cardinals, finches and more exotic items such as owls, crows, and parrots. Alabama’s love of football inspired her to make special shadow boxes with Alabama and Auburn highlights. Though Mike tried to keep up taking pictures of Julia with each individual receiving a shadow box he fell behind somewhere around 300. Each box was given with love and she received no compensation except the happiness her generosity gave people. She never met a stranger and if you had the privilege of knowing Julia, you instantly loved her.

Julia’s parents, Oliver and Willie Snow and son, Scott Terrell preceded her in death.

Those left to cherish Julia’s memory and to continue her legacy are her husband, Michel Bouvier; daughter, Kelly Terrell Marshall and her husband Mike; sister, Lynn Lambert; brother, Jesse Snow and his wife Meiko; stepdaughter Suzanne Page and her husband Brian; stepdaughter Tessy O’Rourke and her husband Jeremiah; stepdaughter Darcie Miller and her husband Sean; stepson Misha Bouvier and his love Heather and seven grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, March 21, 2020

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Maddie Marr

March 27, 2020

Mrs. Bouvier was always such a joy to see come into the clinic with her beloved Pomeranians, Tat and Suzi. I’m so thankful for her thoughtfulness and love for animals. Her beautiful “bird boxes” that she and Tat made for us all will hold a spot in my heart forever. The love for their pets that Mr. and Mrs. Bouvier had was inspiring, I am thankful to have crossed paths with her while I could. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. - Maddie at Whitesburg

Ruth Towers

March 20, 2020

Will always remember the tshirt she wore at Kelly and Mike's wedding. Prayers for all.

Sondra & Alan Adams

March 20, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss and wish there was something that I could do to make it better or the ache in your heart a little less. You and your family will be in my prayers. Love you

Cherryl and Tom Tomaszewski

March 20, 2020

Michel, Kelly and family, we were deeply saddened to hear about Julia’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Deepest sympathies, Cherryl and Tom

Sharon Walton

March 19, 2020

My prayers and deepest condolences goes out to the family. I never got to meet Julia personally but had spoke with her over the phone several times. From just conversations over the phone she was a very sweet person. I am very saddened I never got to meet her personally. But my prayers goes out to the family.

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