Julia Woods Dickinson
Baton Rouge, LA
Julia Woods Dickinson, born October 4, 1963, passed away late Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after a brief illness. She was surrounded by family and loved ones. A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, she was a long time resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Julie was a loving wife, devoted mother, adored daughter and loyal friend. She had a love of life and strong sense of community. Her smile and laughter touched everyone around her. Julie was a well-respected community activist. She gave endlessly of herself to numerous worthy causes. She saw the good in everyone and brought the best out in all those around her. Her motivation, dedication and spirit of good will was contagious and she inspired great accomplishments and volunteerism in many. Her diligence, vision and generosity resulted in the betterment of individuals, organizations and the community. Julie continuously gave to her community and she left a mark on a world that will feel a huge void without her.
Julie served on numerous boards and committees including the Junior League of Baton Rouge,
, Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Baton Rouge Symphony League, American Red Cross, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. She served as the Junior League's Hollydays Chairman in 2006, breaking fundraising records, and served as the President of Junior League for 2010-2011. Julie served as the American Cancer Board President in 2013-2014. Through the Junior League, Julie visualized and created the Opening Doors for Autism program which offered a resource center and a nationally renowned speaker series offering a first ever complimentary program in Baton Rouge for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Julie received many awards and honors including the Mary Frey Eaton Community Service Award in 2005 and the Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Louisiana Award in 2010.
Julie is survived by her husband, Travis Dickinson; her son, Caden Dickinson; her daughter, Cassidy Dickinson; her daughter, Courtney Dickinson and fiancé Trey Bacon; her mother, Ann S. Woods; her sister, Tarra Woods Clark and husband Doug; her brother, Sam Woods and wife Stephanie; her brother, Doug Woods and wife Lisa; numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friends that Julie treated with love, kindness and respect at all times. She is preceded in death by her father, Roderick Douglas Woods, Sr; and her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Whitfield Woods, Sr and Dr. and Mrs. Hobart Amory Smith.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Edwards, Rick Bond, Steele Yeargain, Matt Coady, Daniel Dehart and Jonathan Woods. Honorary pallbearers are Sam Woods, Doug Woods, Doug Clark and Willie Stepney.
Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst, 825 Government Street in Baton Rouge, from 5-7 PM on Monday, June 30, 2014. Services will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 1 at First United Methodist Church in downtown Baton Rouge. Burial to follow service in Hattiesburg, Mississippi at Highland Cemetery at 2:30 PM.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the
10528 Kentshire Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70810.
Rabenhorst Funeral Homes Downtown
825 Government Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Published in the Hattiesburg American from June 28 to June 30, 2014