Ansley, Juliet Amanda
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June 5, 1915 - January 4, 2013
Juliet closed her eyes for the last time on January 4, 2013. Beloved sister, aunt, and friend to many, preceded in death by devoted husband of 30 years, B. Jack Ansley in 1989. A strong, spirited and loving woman who was always forthright in speaking her mind. Ahead of her time, Julie will not only be missed and remembered for her bright, quick witted, progressive and open mind, but for her warm and generous heart she shared with her numerous friends. Juliet graduated from Fresno State and became an elementary school teacher. Later after WWII, taught English to officers children in Nagoya, Japan where she established lifelong friendships with her fellow teachers calling themselves "The Nagoya Girls". Julie met the love of her life, Jack Ansley, during the Democratic Presidential campaign (1956) for Adlai Stephenson. Soon the two were married. Both were devoted Democrats throughout their lives and Jack served as one of JFK's primary campaign leaders. Juliet worked under the head of the Anti Defamation League and both worked on several mayoral campaigns including Sam Yorty and Jess Unruh while living in Manhattan Beach. Their devotion to UCLA (Jack's Alma Mater) athletics/sports and were known to have an almost perfect attendance record at all the Bruin's football games. Following Jack's retirement from his photography studio at Paramount, the couple moved to the Balboa Peninsula. The Ansleys continued to contribute their time to the causes they believed in. They were instrumental in the collaboration for fund raising of the UCI library (Friends of the Library) and Town and Gown, among others. During their 'retirement' years Juliet and Jack traveled the globe and spent countless fun filled times with family and friends. The inimitable couple was virtually inseparable and had a passionate and full life together. A few years after Jack passed, Juliet moved to Long Beach to be closer to her only sibling, Georgia and family. She enjoyed the last decade of her life at the Rossmoor Towers in Laguna Village. Juliet lived her 97 years with a unique wisdom and curious and keen understanding for people of all ages and walks of life. A treasured friend, Juliet was an inspiration to all who knew her. Although her friends and family will miss her terribly, all agree that Juliet lived a loving and joyful life, full of everything possible to make it complete. She loved and cared deeply, laughed with abandon and finally yet importantly, Juliet made a difference. What more is there in life?
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 10, 2013