Our sweet Julie Whitehead passed away at home on Sunday, July 26th, surrounded by the love of her parents and sister, as she succumbed to kidney failure. Julie had the heart of a warrior, which allowed her to conquer the myriad medical battles she fought after being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at a young age. We are eternally grateful to the grieving family of a young boy who made it possible for Julie to spend 20 more years with us through the gift of organ donation.
Julie’s infectious laugh, sharp wit and tender heart were a potent combination that lightened hearts and lifted spirits whenever she was around. She never wished to dwell on her own challenges, always preferring to focus on others. She was an intensely loyal friend whose greatest joy was found in the society of others, preferably over lunch followed by an hours long gabfest.
After winning a bridge building contest at Alta High School, she briefly considered a career in engineering, but instead chose to follow her passion for connecting with people, and graduated from the University of Utah with a communications degree. She enjoyed a brief career in public relations before the loss of her sight and early stage heart failure made it impossible for her to continue. Still, she found ways to engage her talents by learning to use software for the visually impaired, which allowed her to donate public relations services for local non-profits.
Julie loved adventure, studying abroad at Cambridge, working in Boston over one summer, and traveling to Europe and other areas of the world numerous times. She was a gifted and graceful dancer, and we rejoice to know she can once again express herself in this manner. A bright light has gone out of our lives, yet we are comforted to know she is encircled in the loving arms of her siblings.
She is survived by her parents, Robert and Camille Whitehead, sister Kathy Whitehead, and sister-in-law Linda Hilton Whitehead, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins whom she loved dearly. Welcoming her into their arms are her siblings Kaylene, Wendy and Scott Whitehead.
A public viewing will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South in Sandy on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Face masks and social distancing are required. A private funeral service will be held. Interment will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.
Dear whiteheads, I loved Julie so much! She is such an inspiration, as are all of you! You are all truly some of the most Christlike people I have ever met! May Heavenly Father bless and keep your family always! 💕
I was sorry to hear about Julie. I loved knowing her when she was young and a friend to Nancy. How wonderful that she accomplished so much in spite of her challenges. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Susan Norman and children
So grateful to have known Julie and all of you over the years. What an inspiration and example you have been. May the Lord bless us all with peace and understanding as we go on while awaiting our reunion with Julie and our family members and friends who have so valiantly lived and gone on to prepare the way. Love you all!
Dear Bob and Camille -- I was so sorry to read about Julie's death but also so very happy and impressed with the things she was able to experience and the joy she brought. I know the fight has been long and difficult for all three of you. Diabetes is a dreadful disease. I was not aware of the deaths of your other children and express to you my sincere hope you have found peace. My son passed away two weeks ago and so I know of some of your sorrow. Thank you for the beautiful obituary and for letting us know what a talented woman Julie was.
My name is Leyton Kane. I’m an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician with Gold Cross Ambulance. I had the great honor of transporting Julie home from the hospital shortly before she passed away. I would just like to say that I’m incredibly sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful and bubbly soul. Thank you for allowing me to help make her comfortable. I will always remember that transport and you will be in my prayers.
Your family has been an inspiration to all of us. You are such loving carers of
others. Our love and prayers go out to all of you.
Dear Robert and Camille and family,
Julie is undoubtedly one of the most valiant warriors for good this planet has seen. She has reflected your goodness as well.
We feel so blessed to have you as dear friends over most of our lives.
The Savior's loving arms around her manifest what a great treasure she has been in our lives.
Love and hugs,
David and Edna
Camille & Bob,
I will forever be grateful for the blessing of getting to know you and Julie. She is the most positive, loving person who always smiled in spite of her many challenges. Thank you for your great example of faith and endurance. May you be wrapped in the arms of our Savior’s love. ❤️
Robert and Camille,
We are so sorry for your loss, and want you to know we are thinking of you.
We so much enjoyed visiting with you in your home, and look forward to seeing you again.
Bill and Judy Palmer
We were heartbroken to hear of Julie’s passing. We are both physical therapists at Encompass health rehab hospital and had the honor and privilege of working with Julie while she was in rehab. Her smile, positivity and spirit lit up every room. We can truly say she inspired us to be better people. WeI looked forward to each session with her and dearly loved visiting with her. The world has lost a little light at her absence but heaven became a bit brighter. Our condolences to your family. Julie will always have a special place in our hearts.
Love, Connie and Angie
My sincere and deepest love and condolences to Bob, Camille and Kathy. May the Lord bestow his comforting blessings and love during your time of saddness. Love and appreciation for your friendship. Dick
Dear Bob, Camille, and family,
It is with great sadness that I have learned of Julie's passing. We didn't really stay in touch much with each other after leaving the "U", but I was fortunate to briefly reconnect with her from time-to-time over the years. Our most recent meeting was already 12 years ago when she graciously allowed me to talk her into, and escort her to, our 20th high school reunion. It was a wonderful evening, as were the meet-ups surrounding that event, and it was very nice to once again spend time with Julie, however briefly. In reading her obituary, I am reminded, yet again, what a positive, funny, caring, and impactful person Julie was, and how many different lives she affected for the better. Her challenges in life were manifold, and the way she took them head-on was inspirational. Julie will certainly be missed by all who knew her. My heartfelt condolences for your loss.