It is with great sorrow that the family of Julie Riou announces her passing on Monday, August 20th, two days after her 77th birthday, after a short battle with cancer. Julianne was predeceased by her husband Andrew just two months prior, and an infant son in 1962. She is survived by her four daughters, Irene (Dale) Lenzen of Benalto; Anne (Jeff) Tymchack of Smiley, SK; Peg (Barry Baldwin) of Moose Jaw, SK; and Marti (Daryl) Hjelmeland of Sylvan Lake. Julie was number 10 of 15 children and is survived by her 10 sisters and two of her four brothers as well as 7 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
Julie was raised in Leroy and Carrot River, SK and worked prior to her marriage at the Zenon Park, SK Hospital and Convent. She and Andy were married for almost 55 years, spending the first 20 years of their marriage in Coleville, SK, the next 19 in the Sylvan Lake area, and the remainder in Kindersley SK, with a short stay in Saskatoon last winter. She was highly devoted to family, always being there for her kids and grandkids in many thoughtful ways. Julie was above all, a generous person. She spend countless hours donating her time canvassing for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Cancer Society, the Red Cross and the Diabetes Foundation. She donated most generously to just about every charity that came along, with her favourite being the Kinsmen TeleMiracle. She was an active member of the Catholic Women’s League for over 50 years, always donating baked goods and numerous hours behind the scenes in the kitchen whenever there was an event. Julie was trying to achieve 100 blood donations with Canadian Blood Services, but because of a minor heart condition, had to stop donating at the count of 89.
Julie was a shy person, but all the people we speak to say the same thing – she was a very sweet little lady. Most of her activities were centered around home and family. She was happiest dancing (her and Andy could cut a rug like no other), in her garden or with her flowers, or doing something for others. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A Funeral Mass was held for Julie on the 25th of August in Kindersley, SK.
Donations in Julie’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.