Julie Johnson Stout passed away today, Sunday, July 19, at 1PM.
She leaves behind her husband (Brandon) and four children (Hiram, Avalon, Benjamin and James) ages 10 to 1.
Julie was pregnant with her fourth child, James, when she began exhibiting a list of weird symptoms, including memory loss and fatigue. When these were brought up to her doctor, they were explained away as "pregnancy-related," except for her gradual vision loss. In her last trimester, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Julie delivered a healthy boy in August of 2007. A few days later, she had several seizures that left her without memory of having given birth or of having a tumor.
I last saw her at Thanksgiving Point this past May. In the first few seconds that I spotted her, I wasn't really sure it was her due to her changed appearance, and I asked, "Julie?" Her friend responded affirmatively. Dave mentioned that while I was talking to her friend, Julie pointed at me and said my name a few times, proving that she remembered.
As I look at her photos from just a couple years back and compare them to recent ones, I am struck by the changes in her physical appearance in such a short amount of time. Amazing what mortality imposes on us. For most of us, the changes are subtle, taking place over bundles of years. Julie's changes were accelerated and remind me that we are indeed here temporarily. We truly do not know the length of our individual missions and cannot assume that we have decades available to serve them well. Life on Earth feels like it will never end and yet it does, leading to the next phase.
Julie rests now from her physical body as we continue on for now. Prayers of comfort to those who miss her terribly and ache to hug her again.
UPDATE: Brandon posted about the day Julie died here.