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Julie Ruth Abrahams

Julie Ruth Abrahams Born in Los Angeles, California on March 2, 1943, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2010 after a 13 year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by husband, Barry; son, David of Waimea, Hawaii and his daughter, Puahaukea Blythe Abrahams; daughter, Leslie (Lance Martin) of Tarzana, California and their son, Dillon Jordan Martin. Julie married Barry Abrahams on June 16, 1963. She actively supported Barry's career with Hughes Aircraft and later Raytheon, which had them move to Tucson on four different occasions between 1971 to 2005. In between they lived in the Los Angeles area, McLean, Virginia and Williamsburg, Virginia. Julie was bestowed with an "unbreakable spirit", a great intellect and drive that allowed her to achieve many of the goals she set for herself in life. Julie was proud of her experiences as a ballet dancer and singer while still in her teens. Julie graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Northridge with Bachelor of Arts in 1980, specializing in Graphic Design, while also simultaneously raising her two young children. Besides being an accomplished artist and graphic designer, in 1983 she founded Executech, a software company here in Tucson, fulfilling her goal to "run a business". In 1985 she accepted an unsolicited offer for the business and was very proud of the tidy profit she made. She was an enthusiastic golfer and despite her diminutive size achieved her goal of "shooting in the 80's" with an 87 on more than one occasion at the difficult La Paloma Country Club course. Julie was an avid Duplicate Bridge player and became an American Contract Bridge League Bronze Life Master as well as the most recent President of the Tucson Unit 356 of the ACBL. An avid reader, her recent readings had her delving into to her Jewish heritage. Julie's greatest love was reserved for her husband, children, Leslie's partner, Lance Martin and grandchildren of whom she was very proud and content. Many thanks are offered to Dr. Robert Brooks and nurse practitioner Linda Moors of Arizona Oncology for their skill, encouragement and support over the last several years as well as the support from her many friends and "bridge buddies". Julie was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Lillian Keller of Woodland Hills, California and her beloved brother, Stephen Keller of Southfield, Michigan. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Susan G or the American Breast Cancer Society. Graveside Services will be at Congregation Or Chadash portion of Evergreen Cemetery on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile, www.evergreenmortuary-cemetery.com


Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 5, 2010
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