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Julia Ann Goehring-Stephenson

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Julia Ann Goehring-Stephenson Obituary
Goehring-Stephenson, Julia Ann
Julia Ann Goehring-Stephenson passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 22, 2016 surrounded by her family and friends. Julie was born in Wichita, Kansas on November 9, 1951. She graduated from Kansas State University, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi (Multidisciplinary Collegiate Honor Society) and Gamma Phi Beta (Social Sorority). She went on to receive her Masters Degree from Arizona State University in Theatre Education. She began her teaching career at Sunnyslope High School in 1973 where she taught Theatre Arts for 34 years and was affectionately known as "Miss G." She was honored by her fellow Sunnyslope faculty for the coveted Achievement Above All Award in the Glendale Union High School District. Aside from her tremendous accomplishments for outstanding musicals, plays, and other theatre activities, Julie made everyone she knew feel special and left a lasting imprint on their hearts. Julie married her husband Tim Stephenson on June 12, 1982. Julie and Tim enjoyed traveling to classical music festivals in New Mexico, California, Oregon and Washington. One could also find them listening to music, collaborating on the intricate design of their beautiful backyard and engaging in playful banter. They shared unique interests, ranging from classical opera to Diamondback baseball games. Julie and Tim also had a mutual love of Samoyeds and Bernese Mountain Dogs. After her retirement in 2005, Julie went on to share her gift of performance at The Children's Museum of Phoenix as the characters Hattie McGee and Sarabelle the Tooth Fairy. She was a member of Cross in the Desert United Methodist Church where she was active in the One Flock Choir and children's ministries. She was also a member of the E Women's Network. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Signe Goehring, and in-laws, Tom and Helen Stephenson. She is survived by her husband, Tim Stephenson; her sisters, Susan (Dee) Grisamore, Linda (Greg) Kretzmeier; niece, Kara (Joe) Thompson; nephew, Brandon (Jessica) Grisamore; great-nephews Dylan, Beau and Rhett; great-nieces Lauren and Matilda; brother-in-law, Tom Stephenson; sister-in-law, Joan (Scott) Stephenson; and brother-in-law, Michael (Linda) Stephenson. She is also survived by legions of dear friends, thousands of Sunnyslope theatre students who were inspired by her positive and encouraging spirit, and her precious dogs Tasha and Heidi, who were the joys of her life. Julie leaves a legacy of love, compassion, kindness and laughter that will live on in the countless students, friends and family who loved her. She made a difference in the world by treating everyone she knew as special, important and valued. She was a treasured wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, mentor, and surrogate mother who will be dearly missed. Join us for a celebration of Julie's life on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Cross in the Desert United Methodist Church, 12835 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 85032. An open microphone will be available at the reception immediately following the service for anyone wishing to share their fond memories of Julie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the One Flock Choir of the Cross in the Desert United Methodist Church, or to the Julie Goehring Stephenson Fund at Sunnyslope High School, 35 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, 85021. "You are Loved." Visit hansenmortuary.com for condolences.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 27, 2016
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