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Julie Wepfer Robinson

1953 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Julie Wepfer Robinson Obituary
Julie Wepfer Robinson

New Orleans, LA

Julie Wepfer Robinson, 63, died with grace at home in New Orleans April 19, 2017. Julie was born October 17th, 1953, in Camden, Arkansas, the first child of William Garner and Joy Johnston Wepfer. In 1971 Julie graduated from White Station High School in Memphis and earned a Master in Architecture from Tulane University in 1976. She married Charles Wesley "Toto" Robinson in 1978 and they had two sons, William "Garner" Robinson and Charles "Wesley" Robinson, IV. Julie and Toto divorced in 1997.

Julie excelled in various fields: Director of Public Relations for the 1986 New Orleans World's Fair, Producer of the television news show PM Magazine, and Manager of International Barge Shipments for Wepfer Marine - to name just a few. Leaving New Orleans in 2001, she lived in Mill Valley, California and Asheville, North Carolina.

Julie was an accomplished artist with shows in Asheville, Dallas, Memphis, and New Orleans. Her works are in private collections around the world, and in "Art as Inspiration" at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, a poignant coda to her seven year battle with the disease which ultimately claimed her life. Her estate is in discussions with the New Orleans Museum of Art about donating a piece to its permanent collection, and will endow a bench in her honor at the nearby sculpture garden.

Julie considered her finest work to be her sons, Garner and Wesley. She returned to New Orleans to enjoy life with her boys, her steady and loving support both as she lived and as she died. Her greatest joy later in life was her grandson "Charlie" Robinson, child of Wesley and his wife Werner Viser Robinson. She also leaves her sister Janet Wepfer Leavell and husband George, her brother John William Wepfer and wife Lucy, and fifteen nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 30th at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 PM. The New Orleans Museum of Art will establish a memorial fund in her honor; in lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to it in her memory.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Apr. 23, 2017
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