Julie Rose Gillen, 60, of Nampa, ID, went to be with the Lord Thursday, July 20th, 2017, peacefully in her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born to Rose and Ray Wolf in Hart, MI, March 16th, 1957 as an only child.
Julie graduated from Hart High School in Hart, MI, with the class of 1976, where she had many childhood friends and memories she held dear to her to the day she passed. Julie then married her high school boyfriend and gave birth to two beautiful daughters in 1980 and then again in 1982. After divorce, Julie moved to Washington State with her daughters and met the love-of-her-life, Scott Gillen. On August 15, 1987, she was united in marriage to Andrew Scott Gillen in Aberdeen, WA. Julie took on the responsibility of raising Scott’s son as one of her own with open arms. Julie continued to build a home for the whole family, eventually returning to college to pursue her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at Grays Harbor Community College in Aberdeen, WA. In time, Julie and the family moved to Chehalis, WA, where they lived for over ten years. Julie obtained a few jobs until she discovered her favorite: becoming a Job Coach for Reliable Enterprises in Chehalis, WA. As time went on, work took Scott and Julie to live in Nampa, ID, where they have made a home for the past four years. Julie enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, reading, shopping, her dogs, being a wife, mother, and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Scott Gillen; three children: Jenny Lanterman (Brandon), Kristy Johnson, and Duane Petersen; five grandchildren: Allyson Guajardo, Caden Martin, Brittany Carr, Jack Petersen, and TJ Carr; mother-in-law: Nessie Martinez.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Wolf, mother, Rose Wolf, and father-in-law, Marty Martinez.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Julie at a later date for family and friends.