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June 22, 1961 – April 9, 2024

Julie Ann Souza left us on April 9, 2024, in her hometown of 44 years Modesto, California. Born to Carolyn and James Souza on June 22, 1961, in the town of Merced, California. Julie’s life was rooted in her love for her family and pets, kindness to others, and her unwavering love for children. All through high school and college she worked as a care provider for infants and toddlers at Calvary Temple Church in Modesto. She graduated from Modesto Junior College with an Associate Arts degree in child development and worked as an assistant and teacher at Merry Hill School in Modesto.

She found her way into banking as a customer service representative with her most recent employment being at BMO bank in Modesto. Later in life as her mother’s health declined, Julie lovingly cared for her daily. Julie’s love of the ocean took her to Monterey on many occasions as well as traveling to Hawaii and Mexico. She also enjoyed dancing and writing poetry.

Julie is survived by her mother Carolyn Souza, sister Deb (Souza) Juergenson and brother-in-law Noah Juergenson, her nephews Trevor Souza-Smallwood and Mason Juergenson, her nieces Tara Gonchar and Sydney Juergenson, her great niece and nephew Hadley and Bo Souza as well as her extended family. Through her faith and love in God, she has been reunited in heaven with her deceased father James, sister Doreen (Souza) Gonchar and the love of her life Dale Emerson. All of whom she loved and cherished dearly, every day.

Julie will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, aunt, friend, cousin, and niece. Her spirit will live on in all of us and inspire us to be more kind, loving, thoughtful and cherish the time we have together. May she rest in peace with our Father in Heaven, and may we know that we will once again be reunited as a family in His love. Amen! Julie’s ashes will be scattered at sea. Tribute cards and website information will be shared with her family, friends, and co-workers in the coming days.

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May 15, 2024