Julie Davy: 1959-2022 | Obituaries

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  • Julie Mae Davy, May 17, 1959 to April 29, 2022

Julie Mae was born on May 17, 1959 in San Diego, California, the fifth child of Helenmae Wilhite and Ralph Lane. She spent her first three years on Cartwright Street, where her father served his famous homemade ice cream to a steady stream of relatives and friends.

In 1962, Julie’s family of eight moved to Alabama for a year. Time was spent with Grandma and Grandpa Lane eating watermelon and collecting chicken eggs; with Aunt Jeanette and her family digging for shells in Mobile Bay; and with Great Granny Baldwin at her home in the woods.

Upon returning to California, the growing family of 10 moved to Oasis, where Ralph and Helen took over the Wilhite family’s citrus farm. This is where Julie thrived. She was a spirited, outdoor soul who loved all animals, including her horse Rocket, Rocket’s foal Little Bit, chickens, goats, pigs, dogs, and a lamb named Stanley, who she raised as a member of the Future Farmers of America in high school .

Julie, who lives on a ranch with her seven siblings, could be found on her motorcycle watering the citrus orchard or riding Rocket across the desert to visit neighbors. She was independent and called things as she saw them, earning her the nickname Rebel.

When it came time to go to college, Julie went to the College of the Redwoods in Northern California. Julie’s sister also lived in the area and it was through Susan’s introduction to Marino’s bar that Julie met her future husband, Craig Sumner, a local pharmacist. The couple’s wedding date was soon set. Shortly thereafter, they expanded their small family with the arrival of their daughter, Sarah Beth, and then their son, Michael Tyler.

They stayed busy as they bought and expanded Barnes’ Arcata Family Drug Store and settled on a mini-farm in nearby Blue Lake, California. Julie raised two rapidly growing children and expanded her role in the pharmacy as the children grew older, managing staff and becoming a qualified pharmacy technician. She loved being at home with her children in the garden; take care of animals; hosting Sunday football parties, apple presses and barbecues; and having her beloved annual canning and jam sessions. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children. Tyler inherited his mother’s love of dogs and Sarah spent many weekends riding with her mother.

Julie and Craig eventually established separate lives but remained loving parents. Julie lived at Blue Lake Farm and worked as a pharmacist at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna while earning her business degree from Humboldt State University. After graduating, she worked as a scholarship and contract officer at the Humboldt State University in the foundation office. She later worked for Eureka City Schools first in payroll and then in human resources.

In 2001, Julie married Charles Davy, a farrier from Humboldt County. Together they shared a passion for animals, farm life and travel. They saw the fall colors of the East Coast, camped in the redwoods, and explored Oregon and Hawaii. At home they enjoyed many summer barbecues, a game of badminton and croquet, tended their garden and cared for numerous critters.

Luckily Julie gained more family from this marriage, including Charles’ daughters Karmen and Jennifer; grandchildren Kelsey, Jaycie, Britnee, Hannah and Hayden; as well as great-grandchildren. She and Charles also became dedicated members of St Albans Episcopal Church in Arcata, with Julie acting as their bookkeeper.

In 2013, Julie was diagnosed with a rare cancer. She diligently researched neuroendocrine carcinoma and quickly found a team of doctors to treat the disease as she moved on with her career and life. She remained a spirited and spiritual mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. She also remained adventurous, going to South Africa with sister Jo Ann and Belize with Sarah.

Julie retired from Eureka City Schools in 2021 to focus on health and healing. Her health exceeded all expectations of her original diagnosis in 2013. However, on April 29, 2022, she rejoined friends and family in Heaven. Her strong ethics, sense of humor and passion for life will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew her.

A memorial service for Julie Davy will be held at 12 noon on May 28 at St Alban’s Episcopal Church, Arcata.

After the service, the funeral service will take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Loleta.

The celebration of her life begins at 3:00 pm at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka and is open to all who wish to come together to celebrate the beautiful life of Julie.

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