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Julia Ann Hope (Spencer) Matthews

November 26, 1946 ~ December 7, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Julia Matthews Obituary

Julia Ann Hope Matthews (nee Spencer), 77, of Salt Spring Island, BC, passed away on December 7, 2023, after a short battle with illness. She was surrounded by love and family at the time she passed.

Julie, born on November 26, 1946 to parents Alexander and Helen Spencer in Port Alice, BC, where they lived until moving to Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan in 1954 where she grew up.  In 1966, she met the love of her life, Blain Matthews, and they wed on March 11th,1967, going on to have four children, Angie, Jackie, Allen and Jason. In 1975, the family moved to Salt Spring Island to be closer to family and work then resided 48 years there. Julie loved being in the community, especially being at the Salt Spring Island Market selling her jams and jellies under the name Angel Cottage, we will miss these treasures.

Julie has reunited with her parents, her loving husband Blain, and brother Douglas. Julie is survived by her children Angie (Darin), Jackie (Dave), Allen (Stacey) and Jason. Her sister Sandra (Alec) and brothers Calvin (Carol) and Ron (Susan). Julie was blessed with grandkids, Carter, Alyssa, Kevin, Kara, Luke and Megan and great grandma to Ryan, Kaylee, Brodie, Bennett, Shane, Callen and Riley.

Being a mother was one of the most important parts of Julie’s life, a role that gave her much pride and joy. Julie loved and shared much of her life supporting children, family and friends before herself. She was a lover of animals, the outdoors, creating jams, jellies and chutney, gardening, simple living and a good trip to the casino! Julie was kind, loving, protective, strong, witty but overall a generous woman who was a good wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, foster/house mom, marketeer, friend and we will all miss Julie dearly. 

Many heartfelt thanks to the medical staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital’s ICU floor for their kindness and compassion. 

I’m Free - Don’t grieve for me…for now I’m free. I am following the path that was laid for me…

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Julie’s name to a charity of your choice. 

Celebration of Life will be TBD

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