Julia passed away peacefully in her Hotchkiss, Colo., home April 1, 2016, among family.
Julia was born in Boston, Mass., to James and Natalie Ferry. She spent her childhood in Glencoe, Ill., where she attended the North Shore Country Day School and developed an interest in a school credence of community service and the importance of helping the needs of her surrounding community as best she could. This carried through her entire adult life both professionally, working as a consultant for university fundraising with ties to the University of Chicago, and personally with her interests in building a better Hotchkiss community through the addition of town library, historical museum and owner of a local furniture and leather business, The Buffalo Collection, as well as her religion in her support of the Christian Science Society located in Delta, Colo.
She moved to Hotchkiss after years of professional work in Chicago, Ill., to own and operate a bison ranch which she wholeheartedly enjoyed.
Her love of the west and its history drew her to Hotchkiss, Colo., where she was embraced by her community and her belief in giving back.
Julia attended Mills College in California and then progressed to earn an MA in botany from San Francisco State and a fascination with plant life.
She was always interested in travel and cultures, stemming from a summer during high school in an Experiment in International Living in Germany. She and her husband lived in Cairo, Egypt, as he earned his Ph.D. and then progressed to Berkeley, Calif., and Williamsburg, Va., where he was a professor of romance languages at the College of William and Mary. Her time in Virginia enhanced her interest in the outdoors and a deep faith in her Christian Science religion which stayed with her throughout her life.
Julia is predeceased by her parents and twin sister, Pamela S. Ferry.
She is survived by her brother, James Ferry of Glencoe, Ill.; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Mat Turnbull of Hotchkiss, Colo.; and three grandsons, Duncan, Bruce and Macalister Turnbull.
There will be a community project set up in Julia's name for town enhancement funded by her family.
All messages of condolence may be sent to her family, Pam Turnbull, firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 849, Hotchkiss, CO 81419.
Food For Thought/Vision Charter Academy has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Top 200 finalist and needs your help by voting for them to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm®. From now until Aug. 24 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for their favorite cause at https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2012962.