Anchorage resident Julie Kay Smith, 43, died Nov. 4, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
A memorial service and gathering will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at Campbell Creek Science Center, 6865 Abbott Loop Road.
She was born Aug. 29, 1964, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Julie worked for the special education program in Martinsville, Va., in 1989, then for the Blind Children's Center in Los Angeles from September 1989 until August 1992.
She had worked for the Special Education Services Agency in Anchorage since September 1992.
Julie attended Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in special education. Julie also recieved a Master of Education degree in counseling and guidance and a Master of Education degree in early childhood education at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Julie had many hobbies and special interests including her nephews, Spencer and Cooper, in Marquette, Mich., knitting, and caring for her dog and cats.
"Julie showed her passion for life through her actions," her family wrote. "The children and families she worked with had the privilege of being served by a talented and highly valued teacher of the visually impaired. Everyone she touched realized it was an honor to have had her as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, service provider and colleague.
"Her family and friends are grateful that her contributions will be remembered, respected and valued."
Julie is survived by her father, Rodney R. Smith; her mother, Evelyn K. Smith; brother, David (Patti) Smith; and nephews, Spencer and Cooper Smith, all of Marquette.
Julie's cremated remains will be placed at the First United Methodist Church in Marquette.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 13, 2007.