Julie Kathryn McKinsey
Julie Kathryn McKinsey, to you, it might just be a name, but to many it means so much more. Julie went to be with the Lord September 30, 2015, surrounded by those who loved her, after a lengthy battle with Ovarian Cancer. Her unwavering faith in God, strong will to live, and the love and prayer of family, friends, and many supporters carried her through her battle. Yet even throughout her own fight with cancer, she never missed a beat trying to help those around her.
Julie was born on December 11, 1954 in Salinas, CA to Glen and Olive Atkinson.
Known for her courage, faith, and ease in frequent conversation even with total strangers; she made friends wherever she went. Julie possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor, even as she was fighting cancer. Through her life she maintained a sweet and friendly demeanor that won the love, trust, and hearts of many; who even now are being changed by her constant nurturing love and faith in God. Her signature gift of love, smiling, and sense of humor will never be forgotten.
Years after graduating Gonzales High School where she was head cheer captain and kind to everyone she met, Julie met the love of her life, Gary Lynn McKinsey and married March 28th, 1981.
Married for 35 years, Julie and Gary had two beautiful children; Brad (26) and Danielle (22). Possessing a true servant's heart, Julie cared for her family and friends through delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies, homemade spaghetti, and traveling the state for her kids sporting events. A woman of faith, Julie shaped those around her spiritually by her tireless Christian example with a real zest for life. Julie loved to dance, paint, throw parties, ride horses, and of course shop.
Her family would like to thank her team of caregivers/friends and Dignity Health Hospice who tirelessly cared for her the last three months of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Olive Atkinson; and her brother Timothy Atkinson. She is survived by her husband Gary Lynn McKinsey; her children Bradford Atkinson McKinsey and Danielle Mar-ree McKinsey; her siblings Terry Swihart, Jan Moffitt, Lisa Briscoe, and Jon Atkinson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Though Julie McKinsey may be gone physically, her spirit will live within us. We know she will always be looking down on us from heaven and be with us every step we take. There will never be a day we won't think about her and miss her. We are thankful to have had an angel here on earth for 60 years, who changed the lives of so many.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday October 7th, at Dudley Hoffman Mortuary, 1003 East Stowell Road, Santa Maria, CA 93456. Private visitation for family and caregivers from 3pm-5pm. Public visitation from 5pm-8pm.
A celebration of life to be held Thursday October 8th, at 2pm at First Christian Church; 1550 South College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93456.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, New York 10122, or online at OCRF.org in memory of; or the charity of your choice.
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