Julie Wood was born on April 8, 1941 in Madison, Ohio to Arthur and Wilhemina Young Fobell, who met in an English-language class for German-speakers. Julie grew up in Lorain, Ohio as the second youngest of eight children, with five older brothers and two sisters. In 1959, Julie graduated from Lorain High School and began her long career as a secretary working for George Steinbrenner at the American Shipbuilding Company in Lorain. Later in her twenties, she followed her parents to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she met the love of her life, Jim. Julie and Jim were married on August 28, 1971 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in St. Petersburg.
She loved Jim dearly for their 44 years of marriage until his death in 2015. Jim and Julie had a son, Justin, in 1980, and Julie instantly became a devoted mother. She served as Cub Scout den
leader for several years while cooking family dinners each evening and Sunday suppers after church every week.
After moving to St. Petersburg, Julie worked at Irwin Yacht before becoming a legal secretary for the rest of her career. She was devoted to her job and never retired, spending the past 19 years working at Foster & Foster, and was so grateful for the way in which the Fosters always treated her as a member of their family.
Julie devoted her life to following Christ, serving as an active member of Riviera United Methodist Church and volunteering for anything and everything she could. For a number of years, she drove the church bus with her son Justin as “co-pilot.” She loved the countless hours she spent helping with Vacation Bible School, the pumpkin patch, church yard sales, and preparing communion. She was also a devoted member of the Rejoicers and celebrated the deep relationships she made with her “Christian Sisters” who spent as much time together as they could.
Julie was outspoken and opinionated, fiercely loyal and protective, and a loving mother, wife and Gramma. Throughout her life, she set an example of generosity, sacrifice, commitment, and quiet service. She loved good food, eating out with her friends and family, reading, animals, music, shopping, her church family and children.
She was thrilled to finally have a daughter when Justin married Kelly in 2010, and earned her most prestigious title, Gramma Julie, with the births of Cannady (four) and Wells (1). She was devoted to her granddaughters and, like all good grandmothers, loved to spoil them, and they adored her. She is survived by her son Justin and daughter-in-law Kelly of Raleigh, North Carolina; granddaughters Cannady and Wells; sister Delores Fobell Puhaly and husband Ken of San Antonio, Texas; brother Carl Fobell and wife Mary-Jane of Geneva, Ohio; and countless beloved nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Julie’s honor to Riviera United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, or any favorite charity.