In memory of
Julia Cleveland
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In memory of
Julia Cleveland
Julia Cleveland September 28, 1942 - October 15, 2015 Julia Roy Cleveland, beloved wife, mother and friend passed away unexpectedly on October 15, 2015, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Exactly 12 weeks later, her best friend and beloved eternal companion, Donald Ellsworth Cleveland, joined her on January 7, 2016, after fighting an eight year battle with cancer. Julia, or Julie as she was more commonly known, was born on September 28, 1942, in Pocatello, Idaho. She was the third of six children born to Henry Thomas and Velma Maddy Eames. She enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Idaho and Oregon and spent her senior year of high school in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended Brigham Young University for a year before moving with her family to the Bay Area of California. Donald, better known as Don, was born in Watsonville, California on July 12, 1940, the first of four children born to Ellsworth Cleveland and Florence Webster. He lived his entire life in the Bay Area before joining the Marine Corps in 1958. He returned home from military service in 1962, and served a two and a half year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan. Just a few months after returning home from his mission, Don and Julia were married for time and eternity in the LDS Oakland, California Temple on January 15, 1966. The newly married couple spent some time in Provo, Utah attending BYU before settling in San Diego, California where they were blessed with three daughters. In 1976 they moved to Grand Junction, Colorado where they lived for the next 39 years until their passing. While living in Grand Junction, they had a stillborn baby girl and then gave birth to their youngest child, another daughter. If you knew Julie, she probably has a picture of you somewhere in her hundreds of scrapbooks for which she was well-known. Julie was an extremely creative person and enjoyed crafts, sewing, and art in addition to taking pictures and scrapbooking. She could often be found sitting at the kitchen table late into the night listening to talk radio while working on a project. Don, on the other hand, was more likely to be found outdoors where he pursued his hobbies of running, biking, hiking, rappelling, and walking his different four-legged companions. They were both hard workers and active in their church congregation, the Grand Junction LDS 3rd Ward. Julie ran an in-home daycare for over 30 years and was like a second mother to many young children throughout her life. Don worked in construction, furniture delivery, and as an armored guard, continuing to work each day even while undergoing cancer treatments and chemotherapy. But the thing that mattered most to both Don and Julie was family. They found great joy in being married to each other and in the family that they had created together. They loved spending time with their four daughters and their families and spent much of their later years traveling around to visit them in their various homes throughout the country. Don and Julie are survived by their four daughters, Tami (Jeff) Wagner, Lara (Ben) Torgesen, Natasha (Jeff) Ladner, Dadra (Jason) Call, and their grandchildren, Chloe, Paige, Abby, Tyler, Coldon, Landon, Reygan, Nolan, Willow, and Maylie. They are both severely missed by those they have left behind, but they continue to live on in the love and memories that sustain their posterity. "Grief never ends...but it changes. It's a passage. Not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love."
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