Julia Raye Sheehan (1950 - 2019)

  • "I remember Julie from high school days, from classes..."
    - Elizabeth Anderson Vandehey
Service Information
Memorial Gathering
Saturday, Jul. 27, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Red Lion on the River Jantzen Beach
909 N. Hayden Island Dr.
Portland, OR
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Obituary


JULIA RAYE SHEEHAN
August 2, 1950 ˜ June 11, 2019

Julia Sheehan, 68, died unexpectedly on June 11, 2019 from respiratory distress. She was born in Vancouver, WA and grew up in Lake Oswego, OR where she graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1968.
Julia attended Western Oregon University before leaving to marry and raise a family. In 1987, she finished her degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the first graduating class of the Washington State University Vancouver campus.
Her BS in Social Services tight in hand, Julia dedicated her career to helping others. She quickly found a job at Urban League of Portland, before settling in for a 20-year career with Multnomah County Social Services. During her tenure, she worked with high-risk youth at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility, provided resources for disadvantaged families in North Portland schools, and provided low income seniors assistance with energy crisis’, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.
After retiring in 2011, Julia became a respite foster parent and cared for infants on the weekends.
Her greatest joys in life were her three beloved grandchildren and her rambunctious cat, Moses. She enjoyed her ‘me time’ and morning coffee on her balcony overlooking the Columbia River.
Julia is survived by her daughter, Christina Wall; son-in-law, Max Wall; son, Garen Sigler; daughter-in-law, Barbara Sigler; three beloved grandchildren; as well as her brothers, Robert Sheehan, Michael Sheehan, Patrick Sheehan and Alan Briese.
A Remembrance Brunch will be held Sat., July 27th, from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. at The Red Lion on the River Jantzen Beach, 909 N. Hayden Island Dr., Portland, OR 97217.
Julia had a deep love of animals and adopted several cats over the years from the Oregon Humane Society. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Oregon Humane Society.
Please sign her guest book @ www.columbian.com/obits

Published in The Columbian on July 7, 2019
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