Julie Elizabeth Bartell
Julie Elizabeth [Christensen] Bartell, 63, left this life peacefully on March 31, 2021 after a painful battle with pancreatic cancer. The youngest of 6 children, she was predeceased by her oldest sister Peggy. Julie had enormous enthusiasm for nature and wildlife, and in earlier years she enjoyed hiking in and around Colorado and Wyoming where she was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. That was also where she met Ross Bartell, her husband of 36 years. Her profound love of nature encompassed astronomy, sparked by a membership in the Booth Memorial Astronomical Society (Stratford, Connecticut) in her mid-teens. Julie always had cats in her life, and also nurtured a wide variety of Missouri wildlife, once even rescuing an orphaned possum. An avid reader of many genres, and a lover of poetry, she felt happiest when surrounded by a sizeable number of books. In addition to her husband Ross, she is survived by her sister Ginger (Virginia); her brothers Roger, Roy, and James; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and others. A private final ceremony will be held at a later date. Friends and family members who wish to honor Julie’s memory are asked to make a heartfelt contribution to the nature or wildlife charity of their choice.