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October 4, 1962 – March 17, 1994
JULIE ANNE ALMY (Hall)
(16 Nov 1963 — 30 Nov 1994)
Julie Hall, 31 singer, children’s choir director, had cancer
Julie Almy Hall entered a beauty competition four years ago in hopes of earning enough to help pay her way through Sonoma State University. She won the contest, reigning as Miss Sonoma County of 1990.
But her biggest victory appeared to be the one she was winning against brain cancer, which she had battled since the disease was diagnosed last February.
“The cancer was under control and we felt there was a good chance she would recover,” said her mother, Doris Almy of Encinitas.
But Mrs. Hall’s health began to deteriorate in September after a chemotherapy treatment caused inflammation in the lining of the lungs. She died of pneumonia last Wednesday at Green Hospital of Scripps Clinic in La Jolla.
“It was like she beat the cancer and the cure killed her,” said her husband, Michael Hall, who works in computer programming for a San Diego mortgage company.
Mrs. Hall, 31, was a San Diego native and lived in Escondido. She had performed with Up With People, a youth singing group that presents concerts worldwide, and had directed the children’s choir at St. John’s Catholic Church in Encinitas.
When Mrs. Hall was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiform cancer, following nine months of increasingly debilitating headaches, she was without medical insurance.
A Julie Hall Trust Fund was established at St. John’s Catholic Church, where a benefit concert was held last April featuring the Palomar College Chamber Singers and Brass Ensemble. It raised more than $10,000.
Medical insurance began to take effect last summer, defraying additional expenses.
Mrs. Hall, a graduate of San Dieguito High School, had studied music at Palomar College for three years. Her musical skills earned her a $5,000 scholarship, which — along with her beauty contest winnings of $2,000 — enabled her to complete studies for a bachelor of arts in music at Sonoma State.
She recently was employed by Kelly Temporary Services, working for Hewlett-Packard in Rancho Bernardo as an administrative assistant. Her goal was to return to school for a master’s degree in music and specialize in music therapy for disabled and emotionally challenged children.
Kelly Temporary Services, Hewlett-Packard and Up With People helped Mrs. Hall and her family through the difficult times, paying medical bills and providing food and house-cleaning services.
“It’s amazing how many people were there for her,” said her mother. “She was the kind of person who touched so many lives.”
Mrs. Hall had undergone chemotherapy every eight weeks and radiation every six weeks since last March with no ill effects until September, said family members.
“It was a very rare cancer for someone so young, with a poor cure rate,” said Michael Hall. “That’s why we wanted to hit it full force.” She had been undergoing a unique protocol, he said, because of the severity of the disease.
“She tolerated it well, until the last chemotherapy treatment,” her mother said.
“This was so unexpected. We didn’t expect to lose her that way.”
Mrs. Hall is survived by her husband of two years, Michael; two stepchildren, Mikey and Crystal Jean Hall; her parents, John and Doris Almy, of Encinitas; a sister, Darla Almy, of Pacifica; and a brother, John Almy, of Joplin, Mo.
Services were Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church, Encinitas.
The family suggests donations in Mrs. Hall’s name to St. John’s Catholic Church.
—by John Williams, San Diego Union Tribune, December 7, 1994
Linda Burns Bevier
VISTA — Linda Burns Bevier went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 18, 2010 following several months of illness.
Born September 13, 1963 in Washington, D.C., she moved to California in 1965 to San Diego in 1968 with her family. She is the daughter of John Douglass Burns and Deborah Henry. Linda graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1981, and attended Rutledge College before moving to Chicago in 1982. She enjoyed working at the American Academy of Pediatrics in Chicago for 14 years and moved to Encinitas in 1996. She married Barry Bevier of Vista in 2000.
Along with her parents, step-father, James Henry, husband and daughters, Cherstin and Kianna, Linda is survived by brothers, Scott and Steve Burns; step-brothers, Bruce, Chris and Jim Henry; sisters-in-law, Judy Burns and Marie Henry; and many nieces and nephews.
Linda was very courageous, playful, friendly, thoughtful and beautiful in every way. She loved her family, friends, dogs, horses, cooking, entertaining, and cheering for her girls at their water polo games. She was a vibrant and loving part of our lives and will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to know her.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held Monday, July 12, 2010 at 5pm at North Coast Church, 2405 N. Santa Fe, Vista, with a reception immediately following. Educational Fund has been established for Linda’s daughters. Contributions may be made to SDCCU Acct. #386526500 and can be mailed to Linda Bevier Memorial, 707 Ora Avo Dr., Vista, Calif. 92084 .
—Obituary in the North County Times, July 11, 2010
Blake Johnson, 47 LEUCADIA– Clinton Blake Johnson passed away Saturday, May 29, 2010 from a stroke. He was born on June 24, 1962 in Oceanside, Calif. Blake graduated from San Dieguito High, Class of 1981. He was a member of the Mustang Surf Team. He was a plumber by trade and enjoyed playing drums with friends. Blake was preceded in death by his mom, Susie Johnson in 2001. He is survived by his dad, Clint Johnson; sister, Paige Johnson; niece, Rachael Hodge, all of Leucadia, Calif. There will be a paddle out in Blake’s honor, at 11 a.m., Sunday, June 20, 2010, at Granview Beach, Leucadia.
Bobby Wayne Medley
I just learned of Bobby Medley’s passing. I really enjoyed re-connecting with him at our 30th reunion last summer. I knew he was sick at the time, but I was absolutely inspired by his positive attitude about it all. He was a great guy to know and I’ll really miss him. RIP Bobby.
From Rick Hall, Class of 1981
Bobby was surrounded by his love of 27 years Randa, the joys of his life Cole (14) and Sam (10), his loving mother Barbara Medley, caring mother-in-law Wanda Fast, best friend and best man Todd Meister, brothers David Medley, Carl Medley, sister Barbara Tharp, sisters-in-law Darlene Medley, Cindy Casey, brother-in-law David Tharp, nephews DJ Medley, Daniel Medley, Dustin Medley, Kyle Medley, and nieces Jackie Medley & Tami Tharp.
Bobby was born in Escondido, CA on January 27, 1964. At the age of 2, his family moved to Leucadia for about 7 years, then to Encinitas where he settled.
Bobby was always a very unique individual. As a young boy, he used to pin a towel around his neck and run through the house yelling, “Batman!” And if he was really lucky, he would get one of his older brothers or sister to carry him and give him that “flying through the air” feeling. He was never afraid to march to his own drummer. At his request, his mom made him a pair of purple corduroy knickerbockers with a matching purple vest. The vest was reversible with a purple flower print. He wore it to school proudly! And he paid no attention to those who ridiculed him when he purposely wore his clothes inside out or wore 2 different color socks. It didn’t bother him at all to be different than those around him. His ambition in life was to grow up and be a warlock.
He went to Central Elementary, Oak Crest Jr. High, and graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1981. In elementary and Jr. high, he played little league baseball and soccer. He also enjoyed going to the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Club where he received the ‘Boy of the Year’ Award when he was 14. During high school, he found success as an actor and even taught himself how to play the guitar, in 1 week, so he could try out for the school play, Butterflies are Free. He received ‘Thespian of the Year’ Award as a senior and was also able to travel to London with the thespian group to visit the many museums and experience the Queen’s Guards at Buckingham Palace.
Bobby attended Palomar College & Coleman College for computer programming and founded his own Accounting and Billing Service and was known to many as “Bob the Biller.”
Bobby and Randa’s love story began in 1985 at the Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Encinitas where they were both employed. Bobby wanted to date Randa but much to Bobby’s chagrin, Randa was only 17 and he was 21. So he waited till she turned 18 to ask her on a date. ‘And the rest is history’ as they say. They eventually married in 1994 and their family grew with the birth of their first son Cole in 1996 and their second son Sam in 2001.
Bobby was a great family man and his family was the joy in his life. He became the stay-at-home dad and was fantastic at it. He volunteered in the boys’ activities whenever possible. At their preschool, he helped the kids with singing and playing music. At Paul Ecke Central Elementary, he was a Playground Partner for many years. He also volunteered in the classrooms in the art and reading programs. When the boys became active in sports, Bobby signed on as the assistant coach for their soccer and baseball teams. “Go Hoppers!” He drove the family taxi whenever needed and provided technological support at home – wiring the house in surround sound and wi-fi.
Bobby was a self-taught musician who sang, loved to compose and write music. He was a friend to all – animal or human – and was always willing to help a lost soul. He always offered comic relief with his quick wit. His wit was always with him as was his warm smile. He had a wonderful way of touching others in his own quiet, funny, and loving fashion.
Please join us in celebrating a “Life Well Played” in honor of Bobby, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend to all. His wish was to have us gather, laugh and share stories as if he was there. The celebration is from 11 to 2, with a formal remembrance at 12. If you would like to share a memory with the group, you may do so at the end of the presentation (just like Open Mic- Karaoke style).
Encinitas Community Center
1140 Oakcrest Park Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
In lieu of flowers, gifts, or food, please consider donating in Bobby’s honor to the American Cancer Society, specifically for research related to Adenocarcinoma/ non-small celled lung cancer, the San Diego Hospice, or bring a towel, blanket, or unopened cat or dog treats or food to be donated to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.