Julie Rae Jones

Julie Rae Jones, 54 of Downers Grove, formerly of Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills, passed away Dec. 30, 2022, surrounded by her family.

Julie was born in 1968 in St. Charles. She married her husband, Daniel, on June 8, 1991. Julie lived in DeKalb while she raised her four children, Jacob, Evan, Sophie and Lily until 2013, when they moved to DuPage County.

She fought cancer with a warrior's spirit for more than three years. In her last weeks she had many friends, and family by her side.

The importance of family in Julie's life cannot be understated. Her five siblings, nieces and nephews stayed in close contact during and beyond her and her children's upbringing. Julie loved her trips to the upper peninsula of Michigan where she and her family were able to spend a stress-free, fun-filled week, a tradition since she was a child.

She dedicated her life to not only her family, but many others. Julie was a daycare provider for more than 30 children and dedicated her life to service. She raised her children, and all whom she watched with an understanding of kindness, empathy and a keen sense of humor. Working with children was not only a career for Julie, but a passion. She enjoyed spending quality time with them as much as they spent time with her.

She and her family firmly believe you will be remembered not only for what you have done, but how you treated people along the way. Julie treated everyone she met with warmth, kindness and affection.

Julie is survived by her father, Theophil; her husband, Dan; her children, Jacob, Evan, Sophie, and Lily; her siblings, Michael, Michelle, Anthony, Dan and Elizabeth; many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and countless friends who all loved her immensely.

A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 5, at Saint Isaac Jogues Church, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer at http://www.alexslemonade.org.

Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.