Although she could create art with incredible movement and grace, Charlie explained that, “Julee lived inside her head and did not have a lot of body awareness. She always had a bruise somewhere from bumping and tripping her way through life. She considered her body to be “something” to carry her around – her body was not her. Yet, using the inherently dangerous medium of stained glass, Julee was still able to create fantastic works of art – to give form to the beauty that was in her head.” Becky added, “The Holy Spirit worked through Mom’s human imperfections to create beautiful art that will last for generations.”
Despite the metastatic cancer rampaging through her body, Julee continued to live the good life and do the things she loved. She exuded such enjoyment of her life that it was easy to deny how ill she had become. In June 2012, Abendmusik hosted its annual Summer Sing at First-Plymouth Congregational Church; that year the attendees rehearsed and sang through an informal performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. Julee’s daughter, Becky, an accomplished soprano, remembered this special performance. “I sang movement 5 from the German Requiem by Brahms. I did not understand how ill my mom really was at the time. The text and music of this amazing piece turned out to be especially poignant for my family that summer—and it continues to be.”
So you have pain now; but I will see you again,
And your hearts will rejoice,
And no one will take your joy from you.
See with your own eyes that I have labored but little
And found for myself much serenity.
As a mother comforts her child,
So I will comfort you;
You shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
(John 16:22; Ecclesiastes 51:27; Isaiah 66:13)