Julianne (Lilenquist) Anthony passed away at her home, surrounded by her beloved family, on Jan. 2, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. Her 65 years were characterized by faith, family, and endless and cherished friends. Her gift of humor drew people to her throughout her life and she was always ready to share a great story, laughing all the way.
Born in Eugene, Ore., Julie moved with her family to the Spokane Valley in 1955 when her parents opened Lilenquist Motors. She graduated from Central Valley High School and attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated in Early Childhood Education. Julie discovered her love of teaching children through Sunday School.
Following her graduation from BYU, Julie began her 31-year career teaching kindergarten and then preschool at Nespelem School on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington. Julie also worked for three years (from 1979 to 1982) at North Omak School as the Learning Resource Aide. She found complete enjoyment and fulfillment in her years as an educator and loved her association with her students as multiple generations of families began their education in her classroom.
Following her “retirement” from Nespelem School in 2005, Julie extended her career as the Reading Facilitator for Paschal Sherman Indian School outside of Omak, Wash., until 2013.
As a 39-year resident of Omak, Julie loved the area and the many friends she made. Anyone who accompanied her on excursions in Omak quickly discovered that she knew a good percentage of the residents of both Omak and Nespelem and loved the opportunity to run into them. She was a regular at the Breadline Cafe on Saturday mornings with her husband Fred and any other visiting family or friends. There was never a brief hello when Julie saw someone she knew — she was always interested not only in how they were doing, but also how their families — parents and children and extended family — were doing.
It is hard to imagine anything that brought Julie greater pride and joy than watching her two sons, Scott and Ryan Anthony, grow into men. She loved having them close by and relished spending time with them. She found even more to love with the birth of her grandson, Brett, and loved spending time with her step-grandsons, Dylan and Caleb Stanley.
Julie was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was sustained by her faith throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Fred Anthony; her parents, Les and Jean Lilenquist; and many friends. She is survived and will be greatly missed by her sons, Scott and Ryan; daughter-in-law Carrie; grandsons Brett Anthony, Dylan Stanley, and Caleb Stanley; sisters Debbie Biggs and Leslie Hofmann, and Julie’s long-time sister-of-the-heart, Linda Blankenship; whose gift of selfless love and care in past months brought great peace both to Julie and to her family and will never be forgotten.
Funeral services were conducted by Julie’s friend, Clayton Draggoo, and were on Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014, at the Omak Longhouse by Paschal Sherman Indian School. Gathering began at 5 p.m. with the memorial service at 6 p.m. She was buried next to her parents in Spokane Valley and a brief graveside service was at the Pines Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.
Julie brought great joy and happiness to her family and many friends and her absence will be deeply felt by all those lives she touched.