After a two-year battle with ovarian cancer, Julia Ann DeLisser died peacefully on Dec. 12, 2013, at Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley, Calif. Her family had been able to share their memories and love with her. Julia’s husband, family dog and longtime girlfriend were by her side when she went home to Heaven.
A celebration of life will be at 1:30 on Sun., Jan. 19, 2014, at the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Grass Valley and again in Sunnyvale at another date. An announcement will be sent with details.
Julia was born in Paris Island, N.C., on April 30, 1943. She was the only child of Ann and Charles M. Kenyon and grew up in Savannah, Ga., and Mamaroneck, N.Y. While at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia, she married her teenage sweetheart, Richard L. DeLisser, and upon graduation with a BA, she spent the next four years with her husband in the USAF, during which time their son, Richard Charles, was born. Following the military, she and her family moved to Sunnyvale, Calif., where she gave birth to their daughter, Catherine Ann (Boone).
She received her RN from DeAnza College in 1979 and went to work at El Camino Hospital in Mt. View, Calif., where she spent the next 28 years as a staff nurse on a medical unit, then in discharging planning, followed by the newborn nursery. She was instrumental in creating the Maternal Connections Lactation Center. She was a board-certified lactation consultant.
In 2003, she and her husband retired to Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley, Calif., where she worked part time at the Livingwell Medical Clinic.
Julia is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, her son, her daughter and four grandsons, along with her brother-in-law and family relatives.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Julia was athletic; she loved to hike, work out at the gym, swim, kayak and play golf. She and her husband enjoyed sailing and had boats in Santa Cruz, Calif., and the San Francisco Bay. Julia had an abiding faith and was always involved in Bible-study groups, church and Christian mission support.
Julia deeply touched many, many people with her genuine interest in them and her ability to listen and care for them. She has left a legacy of wonderful experiences she shared with her family and friends and memories that will last our lifetimes. She will be terribly missed but always loved.