Later that summer as Julee was finishing her Chemotherapy; someone asked how her how she was going to celebrate. She answered, “I think I will spend a lot of time in church.” Julee continued to contribute to the worship life at St. Mark’s through creating candle holders, a baptismal font, an altar cross, and assisting with the design of altar frontals. Julee’s largest and final artistic contribution to St. Mark’s came through her creation of 16 windows, which bring color and movement to the worship space.
As an artist, Julee often had strong emotional connections and reactions to her work. Her final two commissions before her death in 2012 were no exception. She had an extremely joyful experience working with the children at Hill Elementary; she experienced great challenges creating a Mary window for the cancer unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
In the spring of 2012, Hill Elementary art teacher Jean Claus asked Julee to work with her first grade class to create a 72 inch by 16 inch window featuring creatures living in and around the sea. Julee was thrilled by the opportunity. All the first graders drew images and Jean and Julee selected the artwork that would go into the window: fish, a frog, a snail, a turtle, and a lobster. Anne Goddard described Julee as she was working on this project: “She was excited and actually giddy about the stained glass window commissioned by Hill Elementary School. I remember her coming into my studio with a textured piece of red glass. As she held it up to the light, she said, ‘Oh, this will be perfect for the lobster!’ Julee’s excitement and joy that she found in this piece permeated the Burkholder Project building.”