Julia Frances Mann (nee Banner), of Vernon, B.C., passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the age of 71 with family at her side.
Julie was a free spirit born to parents Walter and Joan Banner on September 13, 1947 in Victoria, B.C. She grew up as the eldest of six in Sooke, B.C. In 1974, she moved to Chilliwack, B.C. and quickly got involved in the community.
She was a dedicated foster parent to many children over the years and an active member of the Chilliwack Kiwanis Club. She believed in volunteering and contributing to her community. She was one of the founding members of the Ann Davis Transition house and worked at the house for 20 years. She also proudly worked with the Chilliwack RCMP Victim Services.
At the age of 36, she battled cancer and won. Julie, also known as Jewels, Sweetie, Mommazita and G’Ma loved her family and friends, held no grudges and believed there was good in everyone. She avoided negativity and always found something positive in every situation.
In the early 90s, she moved to Fort St. John to be close to family. She started working as a cook in a camp and loved cooking for her “boys”. Julie was a foodie before foodie was a word. In 2010, Julie married Greg Mann in Fort St. John, B.C. They quickly started many adventures together, including fulfilling one of Julie’s lifelong dreams of going to Tuscany, Italy. In 2013, they moved to Vernon, Julie called it paradise. Together, they enjoyed their retirement spending most days gardening and sitting on the swing in the sun.
Julie is survived by her husband, Greg Mann; her daughter, Geri Schilling (Mitch); her grandsons, Brad and Rick Schilling and their father Bernie Schilling; step children, Kerry Mann (Kerri), Kurt Mann (Angie), Kathy Hartman (Steve); step-grandchildren, Todd, Kody, Kirsten, Bowen, Keegan, Ryan, Nikita; Siblings, Mike Banner (Margaret), Gail Cook (Walt), Rick Banner (Diane), Len Banner (Lori), Jill Cook (Rod); her mother Joan Banner and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She is preceded in death by her dad, Walter Banner and step-grandchild Suzie Morettin. The family would like to thank Dr. Dhaliwal and the sixth-floor nurses of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital for the wonderful care Julie received.
There will be two celebrations of life in the summer (dates to be determined). One to be held in Fort St. John, B.C. and one to be held in Sooke, B.C. The family is very grateful for the condolences and kind words. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local SPCA.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s on-line obituary @ www.MyAlternatives.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services R Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237.