Julianne Ward Nelson 1968-2014 Julianne Ward Nelson packed her 45 years with beauty, generosity and joy.
Julianne died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, after five years striving to create as full a life as possible for her family while courageously managing cancer. She defined herself not as a patient, but rather by her devotion as a wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend - and especially as the mother of Adam (8) and Matthew (5) whose care she put before all else. Born in Oslo, Norway on July 15, 1968, Julianne grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from the University of California, San Diego, and received her juris doctorate degree from California Western School of Law. An avid equestrian, world traveller and savvy shopper, Julianne married Marchus Nelson of Napa in 2005.
A member of the California Bar Association, Julianne worked most recently as a planner for the city of Napa, where she helped craft the long-range plan for downtown redevelopment. She was active in her neighborhood association, her children's school, and charities raising money for cancer research. Her friendships - many of which spanned over decades and continents - flourished from her warmth and grace.
Julianne leaves behind her beloved family: her husband, Marchus; her sons, Adam and Matthew Nelson; her mother, Susan Winter Ward of Santa Barbara, Calif.; her father, Dr. John Fawcett Ward and stepmother, Beth Ward of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California; her mother and father in law, Monika and Larry Nelson of Napa; her sister and brother in law, Wendy Ward Hoffer and Jeremy Hoffer and her niece, Sarah and nephew Simon Hoffer of Denver, Colo.; her sister and brother in law, Monique and Hugh Davies and her nephews Emrys, Nelson and Hughie Davies of Calistoga; and her aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her life will be honored at a funeral service at 1 p.m., Tuesday, at First Christian Church, 2659 First St., in Napa. The service will be followed by an inurnment and reception at Tulocay Cemetery, 411 Coombsville Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to assist her family can be made payable to UBS Financial Services, 703 Trancas St., Napa, CA 94558, with a memo reading "Julianne's Memorial Fund." Donations also can be made to her sons' school, Blue Oak, 1436 Polk St., Napa, CA 94559, noting that they are, "In Memory of Julianne Ward Nelson." Her family is tremendously grateful for the care and support shown by the many people who knew and loved Julianne.
Dear Susan and Family, I wish I had known Julianne who was so clearly a remarkable woman, like her mother. I am so sorry for your terrible loss. May many wonderful memories bring you comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Martie Levy
Julianne is the definition of courage and grace. Always there to share a smile and sweet stories about her children and their friends. She was truly an amazing person and will be missed very much.