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.


  1. Sheryl E. Bacon on April 6, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Though we didn’t have much contact in recent years, I will miss Julie very much. I loved her very much and enjoyed her recent phone calls. Growing up, we spent time together and had fun visiting with each other. I will miss her very much. Love you .

  2. Roy Christensen on April 6, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Really nice picture as it shows her as I will remember forever. I will always miss talking to my little sister Julie, as her interests were so unpredictably varied. I wish we had more time as children to get to know each other. By the time she was started school, I was in high school in a different town. Her illness brought us much closer which I view as a gift. I hope everyone had similar experiences with her. Go with God, Julie. We will meet on the other side.

  3. James Christensen on April 7, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    My sister, Julie, was an Air Force veteran. We shared many laughs and travels, while growing up, all over the country. I will miss her very much. Go with God Julie.

  4. Ginger (Virginia) on April 7, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    My baby sister, together we learned that there may be bumps and craters throughout life’s road, but love and tenderness can conquer all. Julie was spirited, extremely gifted, sometimes deeply discouraged, yet always kind. I count myself unbelievably fortunate to have been so close to her during the past few years. I am grateful to Ross for being there for her through thick and thin. I have lost a part of my heart.

  5. Eloise Welsh (Bartell) on April 16, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Julie will be greatly missed by all. I loved her humor and love of nature and wild life. Thank you for loving my brother.
    Give Pearl a smooch and pinch of catnip for me. Rest well Julie.

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