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Julia Rae Giannini Obituary
Julia Rae Giannini Julia Rae Giannini was born November 11, 1905 in Cosmopolis, Washington. At the age of 4 moved, Rae moved with her mother, step father and three sisters to Scotia, CA where they lived until moving to Eureka. Rae and her sisters, Emma, Mary and Louise all attended Eureka City Schools. In 1923, Rae married Dominic Giannini. Shortly after the birth of their daughter, Patty, in 1924, Rae began her professional career as a book keeper for the Eureka Garbage Company. After several years she was eventually persuaded to work for her father-in-law, Nicolo Giannini, who owned and operated the Burgermeister Beer Distributorship, while husband Dom owned and operated a butcher shop in downtown Eureka. Rae and Dom shared a love of music and formed a small "orchestra" that performed weekends at venues located in the many of the most distant communities in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. During the late 20's and early 30's, they traveled on weekends to Petrolia, Kneeland, Klamath and Del Norte to play at local weddings, grange meetings and other special events that often kept them out too late to make the drive to Eureka. Consequently, they camped or slept in their car until daylight. Along with their love of music, both also shared a love for golf. They were founding members of the former Bayside Golf Course in Arcata, founding members of the Baywood Golf and Country Club and early members of Redwood Empire Golf and Country Club in Fortuna.They spent their early retirement years traveling the west Coast, participating in local golf tournaments, and frequently took "golf vacations" with friends to Hawaii. Following Dom's passing in 1982, Rae continued to enjoy her golf excursions until she finally gave up playing at the age of 92. In 2008, at the age of 102, Rae took a fall that caused her to loose her eyesight. Realizing she could no longer live alone, she chose to move to Frye's Care Home in Cutten, where she lived until her passing. Her long and healthy life was the result of several habits developed early in life. Rae had an active mind, which sparked a curiosity and a desire to constantly learn new things. Shetook several adult education classes, learning how to swim and learning to speak basic Italian. She hosted bi-weekly bridge games at her home, played golf several times a week, and, finally, every afternoon at 4:30, Rae enjoyed her afternoon cocktail. Rae was preceded in death by her sisters Emma, Mary and Louise, her husband Dominic, and her daughter, Patty and her Great Niece Lauren Ashley Herrera. She is survived by her grandson, Tim Allen and his wife Kayla; her great-grandson Jeremy Allen, wife Jeanine and great-great grandson, Julian Allen; Nieces Nancy Allen and Bernadine Giannini; Nephews Jay Fields, Tony Silva, Nick Giannini and wife Judy, Ralph Giannini and wife Nancy; Great nephew Craig Allen and wife Suzanne and children, Danielle and Darren Allen; Great Niece Debbie Herrera and Husband Marty and son Lucas and Julie and Mark Silva. Rae served as a true role model for her family and friends who knew, loved and appreciated her positive, forward looking approach to her life. She was quick to share her positive outlook on life, took great care of herself and always had a kind word for everyone she met all characteristics that contributed to her long and healthy life along with the daily cocktail! The Family wishes to express gratitude for the exceptional care she received while residing at Frye's Care Home. Dolly Frye and her staff treated Rae with the kind of respectful care that allowed her to retain a sense of dignity up to her final breath. In lieu of flowers, the Family requests donations be made to Humboldt County Hospice in Rae's name. Funeral services will be held at Pierce Mortuary on Friday, January 17th at 1:00 PM. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obits.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Jan. 15, 2014
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