Sandra Lee Julia

November 26, 1946June 4, 2018
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Sandra Noyes Julia 1946-2018 Belgrade, Maine

On June 4th, 2018, the Lord called home the most beautiful person I ever knew. I cannot blame the Lord for wanting someone so special in his presence but it is so hard to let her go and I will continue to love and miss her to the day I die.

Sandy’s beauty is not just a reference to her looks (however she was a stunningly attractive lady) but most importantly was the beauty that emitted from within. Sandy was simply good, kind, sweet, caring, and understanding to her very core. For the past 30 years, I can think of no one who met and got to know her, who did not love or at the very least like her.

Sandy and her six siblings came from humble beginnings on a small farm in Greenfield, Massachusetts. In her youth, she was timid and somewhat introverted but a very bad mid-life experience left her with the desire to overcome her shyness. In time, she learned to be more outgoing and simply blossomed like an exquisite rose. Her natural sweetness, incredible positive spirit and captivating smile endeared her to everyone she met. Sandy was a humble person and never held herself above others. When she first started working at Julia Auctioneers, all of her fellow workers loved to work and be with this wonderful spirit. Later, when she became Vice President of the company, the employees who used to work with her now worked for her but continued to adore her and her kind and understanding ways.

Sandy was a lady of great class and dignity reflected by how she dressed, how she carried herself, but most importantly, how she dealt with others. She refused to speak ill of others, would never cuss, and her simple sweet ways combined with her incredible smile made being with her a wonderful and pleasant experience.

In addition to becoming outgoing, she also chose to overcome her fears and developed a great adventurous attitude. She knew I loved to fly fish, so off to L.L. Bean she went to learn and master this challenging sport. Then, she accompanied me to the Miramichi River in Canada to pursue the elusive Atlantic salmon (on one trip, she caught 18 salmon, an incredible accomplishment!). Together we fished for bone fish in the Bahamas, Patagonia, Canada and also on many other fishing adventures throughout Maine (Pierce Pond was one of her favorites). But her ultimate favorite was the Alaskan wilderness fishing for rainbows, char and salmon.

She was originally uncomfortable with guns but once again, she overcame her fears and joined me in Argentina and South Dakota to hunt dove.

Skiing down a mountain trail was at first a great fear but once again, Sandy was determined to overcome that fear and for many years we skied throughout Maine, Vail, Beavercreek, and Telluride, Colorado.

Despite her timid youth, she was extraordinarily brave. After her diagnosis of brain cancer, she refused to let it depress her or diminish her smile and positive attitude. As she was wheeled into the operating room, for brain surgery, her daughter, Wendy, and I stood on either side of her holding her hand and attempting to console her while desperately trying to hold back our tears (but not doing a very good job of it). It was Sandy who was actually consoling us and telling us it would be alright. Sandy retained her remarkable positive attitude and precious smile up to the very end.

Sandy was born November 26th, 1946 to Raymond Ronald Noyes and Geraldine Inez Holden Noyes (both of whom predeceased her). Later she attended Zion College in Rhode Island and also, Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. Sandy first worked for IBM, then became a Dental Hygienist. For a period of time, she cared for children in foster care, many of whom were positively impacted by her special care. In the mid-1980’s, she moved to Waterville, Maine and became an employee at James D. Julia Auctioneers. Here, Sandy not only developed the admiration of her fellow employees but was a favorite of the many customers from all over the world. On March 25th, 2004, she married Jim Julia (who survives her). Together, they not only ran the internationally renowned auction company but also traveled all over the world for business and pleasure.

Sandy has gone to be with the angels, of which she was already one. Her passing has left an enormous void to many of the people she touched. Her spectacular smile, her sweet and positive attitude and wonderful demeanor will surely be as much enjoyed in heaven as it was here on earth. Rest in Peace you extraordinary lady!

Sandy is also survived by her daughter, Wendy, and husband, Police Chief Jim Smith of Kouts, Indiana. Wendy and Jim’s three children, Benjamin Morton of Knoxville, Tennessee, Aaron Morton of Indianapolis, IN, and Casey Morton of Kouts, IN. Sandy is also survived by her four sisters; Donna Burt and her husband, Gregory, of Willliston, VT; Judy Warriner, and her husband, Ronald, of Vernon, VT; Carol Willette and her husband, Robert, of Hinsdale, NH; Brenda Noyes and her wife, Marie Managhan, of Billerica, MA. Together with her twin brothers, Ronald Noyes and his wife, Sheila, of Greenville, MA and Rodney Noyes of Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Sandy is also survived by her two stepsons and their families; Dawson and Kellie Julia with their daughter, Kyli, of South China, Maine and Travis and Jennifer Julia with their children, Hudson and Vivian, of Telluride, Colorado.

She is also survived by a vast number of nieces and nephews, and friends from all over the United States and throughout the world.

Visiting hours will be held at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street in Waterville, Maine on Saturday, June 9th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm. A Funeral service will be held on Sunday, June 10th at 2:00 pm at the Funeral Home, with a graveside service immediately following. Arrangements are under the care of Veilleux Funeral Home, visit our website to share your memories or condolences with Sandy’s family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168, or online or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online

A special Celebration will be held in July of 2018. Anyone wishing to attend, please call Nancy Noonan at 207.742.0006 to receive an invitation and details for the Celebration of Sandy’s Life.


  • Visiting Hours Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Jane & Karl Dornish

June 12, 2018

Dear Jim,
We remember Sandy and particularly her kindness and helpfulness.
We send you our deepest sympathy.
Sincerely, Jane & Karl

Wendy Smith

June 11, 2018

Mom, thank you for being the light in my life. My superglue and best friend. I will always miss our daily chats. I was tempted even yesterday to pick up the phone and call you. Thank you for being my Mom. I have a big hole in my heart that you used to fill, but I know that until the day I die, you will be my special guardian angel. You were beside me for my first breath and I was beside you for your last. I will always miss you forever and a day. I love you with my whole heart. Until we meet again... <3

Matt Robinson

June 10, 2018

Our deepest condolences from the NorCal Robinsons.

I will always remember Sandy's warm smile and caring heart. She left the world and the people she knew better than she found them.

Martha Taylor Browne

June 10, 2018

When great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always irregularly.
Spaces fill with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They Existed. They Existed.
We can be.
Be and Be Better
For They Exited.
- Maya Angelou

Dotti Ricci

June 8, 2018

My memories of Sandy are happy ones. Always laughing so hard we would drop to our knees from giggling. We had our walks and talks at serious moments. We’ve shed tears together. But most of our time was full of giggles and fun. Sandy was a dear friend who knew how to be a dear friend. I’m going to miss you our angel warrior, better known as
Miss Sassy Pants.

Diana LaRue

June 6, 2018

It's nearly impossible to say good bye to my dear sweet friend, Sandy, so I'll just say so long for now, until we meet again. Knowing her and loving her was a gift and a blessing. I will treasure the happy memories we made together and smile when I remember the sound of Sandy's giggle. I know I am a better person for having been under her influence. Sandy made better people of us all...she lived by the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and it really did make a difference. I will cherish her unconditional friendship and love for all time. Losing my husband and my best friend in such a short period of time is painful but I know where they are, I know they suffer no more and I am at peace with God's will for me and for them. Rest in peace and joy in Heaven my sweet friend...know that you will always be loved by those you left behind.

Diane Power

June 6, 2018

Sandy was my friend.
Some people come into your life for a short time but they leave you treasured memories.
My most valuable memory of Sandy is how much love and respect she gave to just regular
ordinary people.
She had a magnanimous spirit
that was contagious to everyone who was lucky enough to meet her.
She always had a kind word and joyful smile for everyone
I loved her spirit from the moment I met her
I will never forget this beautiful angel I got to know while she visited us here on Earth
I know she is in her Heavenly Home once again
Thank you Sandy for making my life better for knowing you .

Casey Morton

June 6, 2018

Sandy, or as i call her nawna, was my beautiful grandmother. there wasn’t a day go by that she didn’t make me smile. she was always so outgoing and positive. nothing ever got her down. she made everyone around her smile and always dropped what she was doing to help someone out with ANYTHING they needed. i will never forget her kind heart. I love you nawna❤️