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Julie Backus Smith, age 57, died Monday, December 22, 2003. The native of Atlanta was a lifelong resident of Savannah. She graduated from Savannah Country Day School, attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Special Education. While at Georgia she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Pandora Court. She was a longtime employee of Backus Cadillac/Pontiac, Inc. and was a member of Renaissance Savannah and St. John's Episcopal Church. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Telfair Museum of Art, the Mathew Reardon Center and the Backus Children's Hospital. She was a former chairman of the board of Tidelands, Inc. and a former member of the Junior League of Savannah She was an advocate for the Chatham/Savannah Citizen's Advocacy and represented District 1 on the Chatham County Commission from 1988 until 1992. She was a founding member of the Savannah Striders and promoted running in the Savannah area. She ran in the Boston, New York and Grandfather Mountain Marathons on numerous occasions and at the age of 55 she also participated in the Disney World Marathon. At one time in her career she earned the title of fastest female runner in the Savannah area. Survivors: a daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Thompson Conrade, of Savannah; her mother, Marie Backus McGaughey and her husband, Frank McGaughey; brothers and sisters, George B. (Scott) Backus, Jr., Elison McAllaster; Kim Reardon, Georgette Maner and Gordon Backus; 13 nieces and nephews. Visitation: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 26 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Director, Hodgson Chapel. Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 27, 2003 at St. John's Episcopal Church. Burial: Bonaventure Cemetery Remembrances: Backus Children's Hospital, 4700 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA 31404, Mathew Reardon Center, PO Box 14669, Savannah, GA 31416, Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416 or St. John's Episc opal Church, 1 West Macon St., Savannah, GA 31401. Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors Hodgson Chapel Savannah Morning News, December 26, 2003 Please sign our Obituary Guestbook at www.savannahnow.com

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Published in Savannah Morning News from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26, 2003.
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January 21, 2004
Julie was a special person in my life. We worked together several times in the conference room during the Walk To Emmaus. We enjoyed each other's company so much. She wore this beautiful eyeglass holder around her neck. How I loved that eyeglass holder. One day she just took it off and gave it to me. That was the kind of person she was. I gave her necklace to someone special who admired it when I had it on. I shared that a special friend had given that to me, and I must pass it on to them. Heaven is a much better place today because Julie is there sharing her kindness and caring spirit. I will miss her when I sing those praise songs to God at Emmaus. She truly touched my life in a special way.
Margot Howard Walk #42
January 21, 2004
Jean and Family, I am very sad to hear about your mother. I the past years just thinking about you two and my childhood would bring a warmth to my heart. Hope you find peace soon.
Lee Hull
January 7, 2004
Dearest Scott & Family...
Please know that all of you are in
our prayers...Julie was a very special person and a dear friend to
Hubert...God will give you strength...
Love, Cheri & Hubert Keller
Cheri Keller
December 31, 2003
December 30, 2003
I met Julie only once at the WTOC Christmas dinner, but in that short few hours she really touched my heart with her kindness, and as Walter and I prepared to leave she gave me the biggest hug and whispered "Girl you Rock!". We had shared the dance floor doing the Electric Slide. I know she slide into Heaven just as easily as she slide into my heart. She was a beautiful Angel.
Leola Capers
December 30, 2003
We will miss Julie for a long, long time. Summers will not be the same for us not taking care of Julie's dogs. We will miss seeing George and Bill at Julie's house-always a place of friends passing in and out. We love you Julie.
Robin and John Wheeler
December 29, 2003
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Donna and Rodney Jue (from Dr Pritzker's office and Derenne 7-11)
December 29, 2003
I love Julie. I loved her smile. The Holy Spirit radiated in everything she said and did. I always wanted to be more like her...loving, giving, kind and non- judgemental. She pulled a gift for me out of her purse one day..and I was so touched...What a wonderful gift she was to me. I will sorely miss her.
Dawn Hagin
December 29, 2003
Julie was a very dear person to me.
We go back about 15 years and she
was one of the sweetest persons I
have ever met. She gave her heart
to everything she achieved.
Diane W. Forkner
December 27, 2003
Dear Jean and the entire Backus Family,

I am deeply saddened to hear of your tragic loss, and am sorry I could not attend the service. I remember Julie as if she were my own mother, and thinking of her just makes me smile as I remember how much fun she was to be with. She was a truly wonderful person.

Jean, please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. I would love to hear from you any time. My thoughts are with you.


Mimi (Morrison) Harrison
December 27, 2003
Julie, you were always a very special person,and although you never realized it,you affected many peoples lives in a very positive manner. You were loved and will be sorely missed.
Your Friend,
Joe Wells
December 27, 2003
Our love and prayers are with each of you. Julie was a bright spot in our lives and will be truly missed.
Susan and Dick Wallace
December 26, 2003
My deepest sympathy to the family.
Julie was a wonderful person. I saw
her this past summer while I was visiting Savannah, and she was still
just as kind and gracious as always.

My prayers are with you during this
sad time.

Connie DuFour Crosby
December 26, 2003
To Mrs Marie Backus Mcghaughey and Mrs Jean Smith Conrade,

Had not gotten to see julie so much after we left savannah 23 years ago, but when I did, it was as if we just picked up from where we left off.

Saw her at Spanky's and she took me over to meet her mom's new husband. Always thinking of the other person.

She will be missed terribly.

Wish I could do something for all of you. You will be in my thoughts.

Mary Fillingim Daniel
Mary Fllingim Daniel
December 26, 2003
To my friends, Marie, Scott,Gordon and family,
My heart is heavy at the news of your loss. Please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers at this very difficult time.
With much love,
Bill Ussery
Bill Ussery
December 26, 2003
We wanted to let you know that we are thinking about you and praying for you and your family in this difficult time.
Ann E., Lisa, and Joe Rice
December 26, 2003
She always had time for everybody else.
Tim Murphy
December 26, 2003
julie will be missed and was loved by all
lawrence schmidt
December 26, 2003
We were saddened to hear about Julie. We will always remember her bright and lovely way.--Our prayers for her and the Backus family--Therese and Dick Bramblett
Therese&Dick Bramblett
December 26, 2003

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ashley Britt
December 26, 2003
We have – and will hold on to – our memories of feeding birds in the park with Julie. She was a wonderful person and we miss her greatly.

May God hold her family and friends close during this difficult time.
Dan and Cory DeLamater
December 26, 2003
Julie of the huge smile. And in later years, sitting two rows in front of us at church, Julie in a beautiful rainbow striped blouse, with a huge smile. That is how I remember her. We were cheerleaders at SCDS in those days of wide, swirling skirts and too heavy white letter sweaters. I recall that my mother, who was teaching at the school at that time, said she was an outstanding math student. Being gorgeous, "peppy" and smart, Julie was a model for so many girls in those days of early Beatles and late Elvis. But she always had a deep, thoughtful and quiet side too. I remember the day she and a classmate walked the many miles from her home to SCDS. I do not recall the classmate's full name (Johnny?) or why they walked that day (some early "protest" or just to see if they could do it?). Many years later, I learned that she was a Chatham County Commissioner and that she ran marathons to boot. Still gorgeous, "committed" and smart. All of us who ever came in contact with Julie will miss her terribly. I want her family to know how much she was loved and respected. My prayers and thoughts of the imponderable sadness of her death are with you.
Most sincerely,
Christian Schley
Christian Schley
December 26, 2003
I loved Julie and I will miss her. She was a good friend, confidant and spiritual sister. She supported me in the death of my daughter Tia, and continued to be a source of strenght over the years. I will cling to the special bond that we shared. My sincere sympathy to the entire family.
Margaret Smith
December 26, 2003
Friends and family of Julie,
Our faith in his grace and love allows us to heal, my prayers are with you.
Diana Morrison
December 26, 2003
Julie will be missed by all.
George Waters
December 26, 2003
Will miss Julie.... she walked our neighborhood often... always with a smile and a wave..... deepest sympathy to her family.... Bee Lange
Bee Lange
December 26, 2003
I'm so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Elizabeth & Freddie Griffin
Elizabeth &Freddie Griffin
December 26, 2003
My deepest sympathy to the entire family. She was a great laborer for the betterment of people, in the true spirit of Christ's teachings. Savannah will sorely miss her example of service and selflessness.
Jackson Barrett
December 25, 2003

Julies warm smile and presence
will be missed in our neighbor
Ann Lee Howard
December 25, 2003
Julie was a very loving and thoughtful person,who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family. May God be with you and give you comfort during this time of grief.
Bill, Sharon, and Jeff DeLamater
December 25, 2003
Julie was one of those unique persons that always greeted you with a smile and a warm comment. She will be greatly missed by those of us who had the opportunity to know her.

My sincere condolences are offered to Julie's family at this most difficult time.
Charles McMillan
December 25, 2003
I will miss Julie very much. She was a kind, sweet and beautiful person. Kim, you and all of Julie's family are in our daily prayers.
Love, Deb, Pat & Daniel
Debra Wothe
December 25, 2003
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Julie, and with your family
Jennifer Stewart Day
December 25, 2003
Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.
December 25, 2003
Backus Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers. I pray that God will give your family comfort and peace in these days to come.
I met your sister years ago and have fond memories of both her and your father. They were both funny, caring and kind people.
Virginia Gomez-Capwell
December 25, 2003
Every time I saw Julie she was an inspiration to me. She was full of Christian spirit and just a few moments with her made my day a bit brighter.My thoughts and prayers go out to her Mother and family. She will sorely be missed by all who knew her.
Anne Murdock
December 25, 2003
Our sincerest prayers are with the entire Backus family.
Richard and Jill Whitfield
December 25, 2003
Our hearts goes out to the family.
John Beamon
December 25, 2003
To The Family of my Friend Julie

I first met Julie in 1999 when she was in my Bible Study Fellowship Group. She was a special blessing to me with her quiet and sweet spirit.

I am sadden by her death and pray that you will find peace and comfort in remembering her life and the many contributions she made to you and to our community.

May the love of her Savior Jesus Christ give you the strength you need for the days ahead.
Peggy McGee
December 25, 2003
Julie will be missed by many.... deepest sympathy to her family...Bee Lange
Bee Lange(Mrs. Stephen sr.)
December 25, 2003
Reita Hall
December 25, 2003
Our sincere sympathy to the Smith and Backus Families. Julie was admired and favored by Gene during his tenure at the dealership.
Gene, Ann and Rhonda Powell
December 25, 2003
To the family of my friend, Julie Backus Smith:

Ever since I met her, Julie has been nothing short of a huge encouragement to me. Her service, kind words and smile will never be forgotten.

While I am confused and don't understand why this occurred, I pray that you may find understanding, peace and comfort in the only one that can give it.

Van R. Johnson, II
Savannah, GA
Van R. Johnson, II
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