Julie Ann Holliday

Julie Ann Holliday
25 Jul 1950 - 7 Aug 2013

The life of Julie Ann Holliday

  • Born 25th July 1950 at Port Lincoln Hospital
  • Daughter of Harold & Pat Gray and had 3 sister, Jenny, Colleen and Sonia
  • Went to Pt Lincoln Primary School and was the Dux of Pt Lincoln High School
  • Hobbies included hockey, tennis, girls guide (became a Queen’s Guide), played the piano (taught by nuns at the catholic school), swimming at the beach, coffin bay with her cousins and very involved in church
  • Went on many caravanning holidays with her family
  • At the age of 16, moved to Adelaide to board for the last year of her schooling and then went to the University of South Australia and studied Pharmacy (interesting she chose pharmacy as all of her sisters were nurses but Julie couldn’t handle the sight of blood).
  • Met David when she was 18 years old
  • Before she was married, she lived in Wellington, New Zealand, for 1 year with David, and David’s brother Phil and John Conograve. She worked in a pharmacy in Lower Hutt. David proposed whilst they were in NZ
  • Married on the 24th November 1973 at Hawthorn Church of Christ
  • Had 3 children, Matthew (05/11/77), Leonie (11/10/79) and Tracey (02/12/81)
  • As a mother of 3 children, Julie stayed at home with the children until Tracey started school, at which point she started working part-time.
  • Doc & Julie were heavily involved in the Church Youth Group and organized many events for the young people of the church
  • She had a love of the Murray, many weekends spent at Doc & Julie’s shack at Blanchetown and more recently at Bowhill. She loved to waterski but ‘retired’ at the age of 50.
  • 2 years ago, Julie was blessed with her first grandchild, Addison (daughter of Leonie and Daren), and more recently Lauren who is 3 months old.
  • Julie devoted her life to her family and her work.
  • Work was a huge part of her life and worked, starting her pharmacy career at a Chemist in Pultney St. She worked in many pharmacies including John St (Salisbury), Scrivenors (Portrush Rd), Parabanks, Salisbury Night, and then finally managed Munno Para where she spent the last 22 years.
  • Julie saw a lot of changes from the little shop in the Bi-Lo Shopping Centre with 10 staff, which then moved to the Munno Para Shopping City, Amcal Pharmacy, then Bessell Pharmacy, then Munno Para Pharmacy and most recently Priceline Pharmacy Munno Para where there are about 50 staff members.
  • Julie was working full-time right up until she was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes and liver in late February (but prior to this she had been suffering from pain 9 months previous to this). She endured 3 rounds of chemotherapy with great suffering from side effects at which point she decided to improve her quality of life and turned to natural therapies and life-style changes. This allowed Julie valuable time to spend with her family and friends and time to share the gospel.
  • On the 17th of July, Julie was taken to hospital by ambulance in great pain. She was admitted to the Lyell Mac hospital where they tried to control her pain. She celebrated her 63rd birthday in hospital with numerous visitors and a special dinner with her immediate family and sister-in-law Clare. The day after, she was transferred to Modbury Hospital where the palliative team took over. Unfortunately, on the 7th of August, Julie passed away surrounded by her family and is now in Heaven with her maker.