Julie Arellano Remembered as ‘One of our Best’
Skyline Vista teacher Julie Arellano is being remembered as a person who lit up the room with her smile and an educator, “with the patience of a saint.”
Her funeral was held this past Saturday in Littleton where family, friends and District 50 co-workers turned out to say goodbye. Julie, who was just 54, died on January 2nd after being diagnosed with advanced cancer earlier in the school year.
Her daughter had asked people to wear bright colors to her funeral because that is how she dressed. Her friends did just that, participating in an uplifting ceremony that celebrated her life.
“We lost one finest teachers and more importantly a wonderful woman, wife, mother, new grandmother and good friend,” said Maureen Wille from Hodgkins Elementary.
Born in Houston, Texas, Julie was entering her 30th year in District 50, working the second half of her career as a reading interventionist. She planned to retire at the end of the school year. Over the years, she taught at Clear Lake Middle School, Berkeley Gardens, Tennyson Knolls and Skyline Vista Elementary schools.
She is survived by her husband, Louis and two daughters, Karissa and Brittanie.
“Julie was easy to smile. She loved a bit of gossip, sarcasm or a joke. She was usually the first to laugh,” said Amy Bohen, a fellow teacher at Skyline Vista. ”She loved a long lunch with good friends and when she couldn't go out to lunch, many of our staff would gather in her room to eat. She drew people to her.”
Her death was felt across the District. On Friday, the staff from Hodgkins Elementary provided breakfast and lunch to the Skyline Vista staff. Susan Blatter, Maureen Wille and other staffers who worked with Julie over the years wanted to lend their support to her co-workers.
Sherrelwood Elementary Principal Cindy Davis, called her, “a dear friend who was cherished by many in the District.”
Veronica Gleaton, who is now Executive Assistant to the Board of Education worked with Julie and Skyline Vista. “She was always very cheery. Loved kids and had a passion for all of our students.”
You can read the eulogy prepared by the staff at Skyline Vista here.
An Educational Memorial Fund has been set up for Julie’s Grandchildren. Contributions can be sent to:
Account number 103682623543
Julie Arellano Education Memorial Fund
Posted January 25, 2016