Connie Backus-Yoder is a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where Julee was a member until her death, and she was a textile artist also in residence at the Burkholder Project. Julee occasionally served as an advisor and consultant to Connie when she created frontals for the altar at St. Mark’s. Whether it was suggesting another leg of swirls on a design or adding gold to complement the Lenten purple on another, Connie appreciated Julee’s artistic eye and advice in creating her own art. “The Pentecost frontal (shown above) was Julee’s design with a group effort from St. Mark’s Arts Committee,” shared Connie, who used the design to execute the art in textiles. “Julee was the one who drew up the final seven-flame design to represent the Holy Spirit.”
In September, 1997, Julee and Charlie welcomed a new son-in-law to the family as their daughter Becky married Foster Weyand at St. Mark’s.
And in 2007 and 2009 Hugh Charles Lowe-Weyand and Simon Webster Lowe-Weyand gave Julee and Charlie the new titles of Grandma and Grandpa. More than 30 years later, after making that first stained glass ladybug, Julee and Charlie would be reading to their grandsons from the book Ladybug Girl.