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Julie Elizabeth Pope

September 20, 1947 — May 13, 2024

Pope; Julie Elizabeth (nee Humenick)
(Retired Nursing Professor at Georgian College and Nurse Practitioner)
Passed away suddenly at home on Monday May 13, 2024, at the age of 76. Julie, beloved mother of Jamie Pope (Claire) and Tara Ruyter (Shawn). Proud grandmother of Savannah & Kyler Pope and Kolton, McKayla & Jacob Ruyter. Loved daughter of the late Elizabeth and Clifford DeLisle. Dear sister of Tod DeLisle (Mae), Heather Batson (Dan), Norman DeLisle (Nancy Carr), Kevin DeLisle (Cheryl) and Karen Diemer (Mark). Predeceased by sister in law Carole DeLisle and good friend Elizabeth Hillifer. Fondly remembered by Brian Pope (Alison Lumb), lifelong friend Irene Noestheden (Andy), Barry Martyniuk (Anne Marie) and the entire Martyniuk family and her nieces and nephews:  Phil, Greg, Marcus, Amy, Steven, Jason, Daniel, Andrew, Stephanie, Jeremy, Arlen, Adam, David, Lindsay, Curtis, Jeff, Charla, Richard, Mike, Lauren, and Kyle. 
A special thank you to Diane Ruyter for the laughter and compassion you gave to Mom, not only through the 56 years of friendship you shared, but when assisting Mom to and from her weekly cancer treatments. 
Mom grew up in Windsor, Ontario. She set off to complete her nursing degree in the Barrie/Orillia area, where she worked at RVH (Barrie Hospital) and then became a professor of nursing at Georgian College.  Mom thoroughly enjoyed her clinical rotations at OSMH on the pediatric unit and the maternity unit. Mom had a such a strong thirst for knowledge. Education was so important to her that it led her to become a Nurse Practitioner.  Whenever someone had an ailment mom was quick to help - she was just a phone call away. Her medical library was extensive, so even if she didn’t know the actually answer, she’d always say, “Ok, give me a few minutes and I’ll have a look.” 

After retirement mom took much pride in her involvement with the St. Mary’s Catholic Church - Rosary Apostolate group. Mom loved horses, movies, reading, and God. Mom loved her grandchildren so very much and whether it was guiding them on how to write an essay, educating them on how the body works, teaching them how to be respectful and sift through their emotions, sharing stories of her life with them, giving them advice, listening to them talk about their day, watching movies with them or wishing them good luck in their next big special event, mom just loved being with them.

A Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. If desired memorial donations to the RVH Cancer Care Program in Barrie would be appreciated by the family. Mom was really impressed with the kindness and care they gave - from the check in reception area to the nurses providing the care and the pharmacists who would come and sit by the bedside and explain the medication regimens as often as necessary. Thank you to all of the nurses and doctors who help mom along this journey. Thank you as well to the Orillia OPP, firefighters, and paramedics for their sensitivity and professionalism during this difficult time. If you have a story of mom or memory you would like to share, we welcome you to do that at <> <<>>


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