Julia Ann Valentine
Aug 28, 1989 – Dec 4, 2013
Julia Valentine was born during a preseason football game on August 28, 1989. Her Dad, Brett, called her his football baby, and he even caught the end of the game after she was born. Our dear friend Elizabeth Hart, told us to go have the baby on her birthday and we did. Julia and Liz shared August 28 as birthday twins!
Julia looked up to her sister Manda and treasured time with Manda throughout her life. The two girls enjoyed some happy childhood memories with the Hart family and our special neighbors on 34th, the Mathews and the Reynolds. She loved yellow and going to the beach.
Life held many challenges for Julia, and she made valiant effort to combat them. She was sensitive, intelligent, a hard worker, and hard on herself. She wanted to be good at everything she did and she wanted to be well liked. There are many wonderful memories of Julia.
In younger days she loved tap dancing and synchronized swimming, in addition to other interests like art and writing. Later she had a great passion for dance, especially belly dancing and Middle Eastern dance.
She earned her GED in 2006, and worked primarily for Informa and Gilmore Market Research, for five years, earning raises, prizes and the title of Executive Recruiter. She was consistently employed during a difficult time in our economy. She did not realize how valuable that was. She took college classes at Highline Community College and Seattle Central Community College.
In 2012 she attended the Gary Manuel Institute and after graduating, she became a licensed esthetician in Washington state. She had a passion for skin care, doing waxing and facials, and other related work.
The highlight of her life was getting what she described as her dream job at Gene Juarez, she said recently how much she loved the job, including her boss, co-workers and clients. We truly appreciate the indescribable amount of kindness and caring that has been exhibited by the team there.
Julia loved Indian food, and Thai food, but also enjoyed Mexican and Italian. If anyone wants to know where to eat, we can recall many of her favorite restaurants. Julia had recently mentioned hopes for the future, like hitting golf balls with her Dad. She had said she wanted a treadmill and bike rack for Christmas, among other things.
There will be a bench in her honor placed in a favorite park, Nist Park, near the Valentine home. We hope to commemorate her in other ways in future days, including a project in her name to benefit victims of domestic violence.
Julia impacted the lives of many friends and family, in ways that she did not even realize. She died on Dee 4, 2013, which would have been the birthday of her departed grandfather, John Ward. We thank everyone for the support of Julia and hope that all will remember her. Please share your memories in person, or in writing, perhaps through the guest book and on line through the Bonney Watson site.
Julia was so sweet and has such a great personality. She delivered herself as a natural professional. She knew how to make guests fill comfortable and welcomed. She showed so much dedication from the start. I can truly say her spirit in her smile drew me to her in that interview. Now she'll just make sure all the Angels have perfect brows! Nicole Fry, General Manager, Gene Juarez Salon & Spa (Southcenter)
Christina Sabourin -_Hi, I am an esthetician that worked with Julia at Gene Juarez. From what I knew of her. She was very nice and extremely talented and will be greatly missed at Gene Juarez.
Renee Klein- Manda asked in her posting that we remember the positives and I'd like to share my first, powerful memory of Julia. It was December 1998, the last day before Christmas break, and we had just moved to Washington. Kate and I were standing outside her new 4th grade class, waiting for the bell to ring. Kate knew no one and was obviously apprehensive. Then Julia came up with that huge, beautiful smile of hers and said, "Hi, I'm Julia!" Instantly both mother and daughter felt a huge sigh of relief ... for here was a young girl reaching out to be Kate's friend. I have fond memories of Julia being at our home, and well remember the synchronized swim team project! I will always appreciate Julia for the warmth and friendship she showed to Kate on that first day. The universe has called out to Julia... she will share with it her beautiful smile.
Katie Dolan I know we had planned to get Italian food this month. She and I always had so much fun together. We could always pick up right where we left off even if we didn't see each other for months. I remember playing cards with your mom and she thought we were making up the rules to 13! And I remember going to the Prince concert with Julia at Key Arena. I remember Julia talking about shopping at Ross and how she got her pants for $12!! She was always so much fun to be around I will always remember her.
Hi my name is Krys and I worked with Valentine (julia) at Helen Wax Spa. Valentine made my stay in Seattle pleasurable. I looked forward to working with her every Friday and our long conversations. She was a beautiful and bright light. I'm honored to have her as a friend. You and your family are in my prayers. - Krys Nohelani
Nadira Booth Swanson
Julia was a beautiful girl, dancer, overall woman. It was an honor to be her teacher and friend.
Manda Scott -Julia and I were lucky enough to grow up with parents who loved us more than anything and put us first. Along with many happy memories, Julia also had many talents. She was an award winning synchronized swimmer, a talented dancer with many solo performances, and sl)e was incredibly smart. Although Julia was given many challenges in life, she always gave her best. After graduating school to become an esthetician, Julia got her dream job at Gene Juarez salon, a high end salon in Seattle. Unfortunately, Julia never saw her own beauty like we did. She was passionate about her career and wanted to help others feel beautiful and better about themselves.
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