Julie Ann Tafoya 1963 ~ 2010 Never forgotten, forever in our hearts. Although we cannot be together, we will never be apart. Julie Ann Tafoya passed away peacefully August 7, 2010. Born July 4, 1963. A loyal member of the labors union 872. She always opened her heart showing how much she cared, illuminating the lives of those she embraced. Words cannot express how much she will be missed! Survived by her parents; David & Dorothy Tafoya, children; Steven James, Ebony Cherelle and Sir Isaac, sister; Doreen (Beto). Brothers; David Jr. (Yolanda), Steve (Erik), and Paul. Nieces and nephews, Krystal (Nathan), Davee, Alexis, Justice, Kaylee Anne, and a special great nephew; Jordan. Preceded in death by her cherished grandmothers, Adela Cordova and Felicita Tafoya. Join us for a celebration of her life on Monday, August 16th at St. Patricks, 1058 W. 400 S. SLC. Mass at 1:00 p.m. - Services to follow.

Published by The Salt Lake Tribune on Aug. 15, 2010.
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Julie, it makes me sad not to have known you better, thats the price we pay when we live in this world so far apart. Some day soon we will all be together and this time there will be no separation because the world that God promised us will not be like the this world. This world is a journey towards Paradise our real HOME!!! I can't wait to get there but in my heart, I know it is real close. Love you cuz June Peerman
June Peerman
November 20, 2010
My Beautiful Mom. its not the same without you. i have been numb to the whole thing since you've passed. im at a loss for words. it still doesn't feel real, you were my world my everything. you saved me when i gave up on life. it makes me sad to write this. because this is another realization that your gone. i like to just think your on a vacation somewhere sunny with a lot of beauty. your soul is the most beautiful one i have ever encountered. i wish that we could of done more together. you never left my side when i needed you. i can still feel your presence and i know you made it to heaven. everyday that passes i miss you more and more. right now death doesn't scare me. because i know i will see you again. i have energy now. and i know its because of you. you are the light inside me that keeps me going. i promise you im going to be the best person i can be with my time left on earth. i dedicate my life to you mother. if it wasn't for you i wouldn't exist. when i look to the sky i can picture your smile shinning down on me. or when i see a lot of colors it reminds me of the love you had for me. please guide me in the direction i need to be in. so that i can live a life with meaning. I Love you so much. and im glad we had our time together. your in my heart forever until we meet again. I Love Mom! and i miss you everyday that passes. you will never be forgotten
Steven Tafoya
October 13, 2010
I miss you so much sis! I can't seem to feel a love from anyone that comes close to what you gave. Your spirit, so genuine and so real - I want you back!!!
October 9, 2010
Doreen & Family, our deepest and most sincere sympathy for the passing of your dear sister Julie Ann Tafoya. May all of the most beautiful memories of your daughter, sister, mother be closest to your hearts for all eternity. You are all in our prayers.
Rocky & Veronica Martinez (Farmington, New Mexico)
Rocky Martinez
August 30, 2010
Julie, my sister & my friend! Finding the words or the strength to say good bye to you feels impossible, how does one say goodbye to a part of their soul or their spirit? It’s been 19 days since you left us, it feels surreal. I close my eyes & I can hear your voice, feel your positive energy, & tender touch. In some ways everything about you & our life together feels clearer than ever before but the pain of your absence feels unbearable. When I open my eyes, I realize that you are no where near & never will be, at least not physically. My spirit feels broken! I know how much you admired my positive attitude but right now I don’t know where to begin to even get that back. Steve & I moved from Utah almost 6 yrs ago for business & shortly after you followed. You gave us more of a family union than we had & helped us to make our new environment become a home for all of us. I will always cherish & remember your arrival. You were so excited to start your new position on the City Center project with the LV Union. I wouldn’t trade those early morning car pools with you for the world. You always had my cup of coffee ready for me when I woke up. We shared smiles, laughs, & good conversations. Not very many people can do that, at least not at 4:00 in the morning. Will I ever know anyone as chipper & alive as you were? You were so happy & you had come so far, it’s sO hard to understand this….. Growing up we seemed to always bump heads however as our time, our families, & our lives progressed together. I realized that we did not bump heads because we were so different, we bumped heads because we were so much alike. We share a love & passion for people & for life, the little things that seem so cheesy to others always made you & I the happiest. I searched everywhere for a turquoise butterfly to place in my waterfall so that I could see you & feel you there, hoping for some kind of serenity. As I flip through the photos on your camera I can’t help but smile. We both took pictures of people we don’t even know, a beautiful sunset or sunrise, a cloud in the sky, birds, a waterfall, beautiful flowers, & our children that we love so much & always shared. I can’t think of one person I know who has completed a 360 in life the way that you did. Over the years, life seemed unfair for you at times. It continuously knocked you down but you always found a way to bounce back up & start all over again, always landing on both feet. I admire you & your strength more than you ever knew! You were never able to hold a grudge even when people were less than kind or forgiving to you. You treated others with a sincere love & kindness, just hoping for a small fraction of that back in return. You were definitely the most inviting sibling out of all five of us. I wonder how many really knew your true beauty or how much you were willing to give. You deserved to be included, sharing new beginnings filled with respect, kindness, love, & happiness. I will forever be loyal & grateful to all those that gave that to you! You never took kindness for granted & always remembered to express gratitude to all those that did include you in their hearts, their lives, & their functions. My emotions are running wild in my heart & mind today but the one thing that I am confident about is that anyone that did not get to know you or spend time with you, the loss is all theirs. We shared many conversations about losing something or someone and about mistakes that we all make. Life’s adversities kept us on our toes & very supportive of one other, each helping the other to disregard any negative thoughts or opinions that came our way. We worked to focus on the things that mattered most & that were in our control. We knew how to encourage each other to strive & maintain a good opinion of ourselves. Julie, what I am going to do without you? We had so much left undone; trips, goals, & visions that will now only be carried in my heart. I know it is you & your example that will keep me keeping on & I am very thankful that I have you & your memory to remind me to reroute a regret or to stop using the, should've, could've, & the what if's in life. As I look around at your educational materials, poems, pictures, & goals, they all tell me that you never stopped working on being a better person even though you had conquered some of your biggest fears & challenges. Sis, I don’t know how you did it but you blossomed with confidence & pride & every time I look at a blooming flower I will think of you! You were a prime example that guilt or regret does not have to be an emotion that only serves as a punishment, it can used to teach us & guide us towards becoming better individuals & that is exactly what you did - I am so proud of you! I hope to one day be even half of the person that you were. You inspire me to be so much more. There was nothing shallow or superficial about you. You connected to people through kindness; not blood, history, money, or appearance. You made everyone that you came in contact with feel like they had the picture perfect frame. You had more friends than any of us & quickly turned a stranger into a friend. Sis, you learned to live in the moment, experiencing life to the fullest. Your example inspires all of us to do the same. When I called your union to let them know of your passing, my heart felt a jubilant sense of pride as the woman who answered the phone shared experiences that so many had with you. Great reviews & memories shared from people that I never even met before. To work for such a large corporation & be able to touch the lives of so many deserves to be commended. Many boasted about your wonderful cooking saying that you brought them, baked goods, homemade tamales, & presents on a regular basis. One lady shared how often you made carrot cake for her just because you knew that was her favorite. You were on a first name basis with practically everyone you knew; your nail technician, your hair dressers, your neighbors, co-workers, & even grocery clerks. I found myself consoling a cashier at your services here in Las Vegas, she said nobody had ever befriended her & made her feel as special as you did. And your follow up, well I can right a book on that & dedicate it all to you because nobody did that better than you did. I know first hand how special you made people feel. Often I had too many words & you had few but you still never hung up without saying “I love you” & you never entered or left a meeting without reaching over to give me a hug & a kiss. You were consistent with flowers for me even leaving them on my door if I was not home. You made me laugh at times because even if it was someone’s birthday or a special day for them, you still brought others a gift or a little something so that nobody ever felt left out. I wonder if you ever really knew how much of an impact that you had on all of us that knew & loved you… You volunteered anytime help was needed for each & every event that you took part in & you never left a gathering until every thing was clean & that last dish was put away. If I could turn back the hands of time, I would participate in every walk or run that you asked me to join you in. I still can’t figure out how you kept tabs on all that was going on in this city. You knew the details of the Gay Pride Festival & walk even before Steve & Erik did. You loved our family so much & you did your best to include us in anything & everything that you could. Often I found myself too busy or too tired to join you in some of your adventures. Wow, what a wake up call this is. It may seem after the fact but I promise to do my best to keep your escapades alive. You had so much energy but it all makes so much sense. Kindness produces serotonin which produces happiness which produces energy & that’s all you! You often praised dad for the good work ethics & tough love that he showed you at times, crediting him for the woman that you were proud to now be. You worked so hard to keep Grandma Dela’s heritage alive & kept connected to mom regularly, making sure you had all the family recipes in tact. You cherished any time you could spend with your brothers & worked to keep our relationship always moving forward. I am so grateful for you & the many trips that we were able to take to San Diego together. You once lived there & seemed to still feel a deep connection. I feel blessed to have shared so many sunsets & sunrises with you. I will buy a vacation house on a San Diego beach one day, in your honor. You helped everyone with what ever means you had to do so with. I will continue to support your efforts by making plenty of money so that I have the vehicle necessary to help others. Your generosity inspires me to want to do & give much more! The courage & confidence that you had when it came to music always amazed me. You didn’t care if anyone else was dancing, you led the way & before we knew it, everyone was dancing. You loved music, colors, & anything that made you feel good. I’ll never forget our first concert together. We made mom take us to see Shawn Cassidy, he was our Justin Bieber – it makes me laugh just to think about it. We had mom standing on her chair so we could check out his white satin pants & what a trooper she was since she was pregnant with Paul at that time. We both still got excited when we would hear that our old school musicians were coming to town. Vegas has been very good to us, it gave us the opportunity to share limo rides, concerts, pool side dancing, exotic drinks & fabulous meals. We have memories that others can only dream of. I truly believe you were born on the 4th of July because your life deserved to be celebrated in a big way! I will cherish every memory & moment we shared. You treated me like I was Miss America. You were always so proud to tell others that I was your sister but I want everyone to know that I am the proud one because I get to tell them that you were my sister! I promise to keep your legacy moving on. Our grandchildren will know who Julie Ann Tafoya was & is. You can trust that your kids will never be alone as long as I am alive. You might be gone sis but you will never be forgotten & you are ALWAYS in my heart! XOXO
Doreen Tafoya
August 26, 2010
To the Tafoya Family,

I am so sorry to hear about Julie. She was always so sweet and caring. She will be deeply missed. I hope you all are doing well.
debbie and John Ison and Family
August 25, 2010
Doreen & Family

We are so sorry to hear about Julie's passing. Our hearts and our prayers are with you, your family and your mom and dad. Keep all her memories close to your hearts.
With our Deepest Sympathy
Alvie & Julie Jaramillo & Family
August 23, 2010
RoAnn Overall and Family
August 19, 2010
Dear Uncle David and Aunt Dorothy, I was sad to hear about Julie's passing. We played together as children and had alot of fun. I'm saddened that we never were able to spend time together when we were adults. I feel in my heart that she was a very special person and that is why The Lord has taken her so soon. Please let me know if I can be of any help. Love, Annette Tafoya Davenport
Annette Davenport
August 19, 2010
may god be with all of you. we pray for all left behind for all the pain of your loss. julie will be in your hearts and souls forever so deeply sorry for your loss .
shirley/art gallegos
August 18, 2010
Dorothy and all the family. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Julie from way back when we were kids. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you!
Susan Ochoa Duran
August 18, 2010
I am Very sorry for your loss.May the memories you have confort you in this time of need. God Be with you!
Donna Martinez
August 17, 2010
Donna Martinez
August 17, 2010
Dorothy and David,
Our Deepest Sympthy go out to the both of you we know the pain you are feeling, as we lost our brother Lee the same time a few day later...Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Ed and Theresa Lopez
August 17, 2010
Very Sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and love are with your family.

Erin (Gonzales) Holloway & Family
Erin Holloway
August 16, 2010
Dear Dorthy, David and Family,
It's sad to read about you daughter's passing. May your great memories of her carry you though this most difficult time.
George Gonzales
August 16, 2010
Very Sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and love are with your family.
Debbie (ortega ) Foote
August 16, 2010
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010
Ro Ann Overall
August 15, 2010
sorry for you lost.
Cindy and Barney Martinez
August 15, 2010
Our love and prayers are with the entire Tafoya family. Julie was very loved, and she will be missed. Very sorry for your loss. Love the Martinez Family (Mario, Dana, Mario Jr. Diego)
Dana Martinez
August 15, 2010
Our dear Tafoya family:
We were saddened to hear of the loss of Julie. We hadn't visited with Julie for quite sometime, but it is memorable. Her big smile is a great family trait and it’s the first thing that comes to mind about her that made her beautiful. Your family is strong, connected, faith filled, and loving. Truly, the love and bond of family far and near can sustain forever. We pray that you are consoled for the emotions of her loss.

Love, Larry & Margaret Laforett
Larry & Margaret Laforett
August 15, 2010
Doreen, Beto & Tafoya Family,

We am sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you all in this time of sorrow. Remember to celebrate the wonderful life she lived. God bless you all-

Larry Jr., Teresa, Isabella & Larry III
Larry Peck
August 15, 2010
I keep waiting for you to walk through the door with your big smile and your energetic hello. Oh how Id do anything for this not to be real. Im gonna miss you more than you know! I never imagined having to let you go.. So many things i wish i could have said and done but instead, i will forever cherish the good times and all the great memories we share. You will always be in my heart Aunt Julie! Thank you, for all you have ever done!
Krystal Montoya
August 15, 2010
Dear, tofoya familý
I am sorry for your lost we all know julie well be missed but
She is in a better place know . I love you julie we had some good
Times together

Alyson Montoy
August 15, 2010
Dear Uncle David and Aunt Dorothy, My heart breaks for you. If I could take away your pain I would. Someone told me once that when you leave this ugly world that you will no longer have to feel the bitter cold or the burning sun and finally rest....

I love both of you very much,
Love Lita
August 14, 2010
We are truly saddened by your loss. Julie was more than just a friend, she was an amazing person. She was always so kind and considerate to all that knew her..she was welcomed in our family and a good friend..
Her passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of everyone who knew her. Julie's memory will always remain deep within our hearts. and we should learn from her..to enjoy life.. to be good to each other every chance we get..
Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.

With deepest sympathy,
Rayanna and Gina Quinones
August 13, 2010
David, Dorothy and family, my deepest sympathy to all of you. I have treasured memories of your trips to Colo. to visit my mom (Flora) and Tia Lelea. Julie always had a smile and was always happy. We always looked forward to your visits. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Freida (Sandoval) Schommer (IN)
August 13, 2010
So sorry to hear the news our prayers are with you at this horrible time of loss .All our love Elijio and Mary Lopez Salt Lake City Utah.
August 12, 2010
Tafoya Family - We are very sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Lisa and Carissa Gonzalez
August 12, 2010
I will miss you. You were a person that looked @ the brighter things in life and liked everyone to be happy. I will never forget you and will always miss you. We love you!!!
Denise & Charlene Montoya
August 12, 2010
Doreen and Tafoya Family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Julie was a wonderful person, she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Love, Michelle, Zack and Antonio
Michelle Piña
August 12, 2010
To my friend Dorothy and David. I am very sorry for your lost. Sorry we can't be with you. I will see you when you get back. I love you all very much. Love Alice and Tony and the Bardarama family.
Alice Bardarama
August 12, 2010
August 11, 2010
Julie, you were a bright and loving soul. Blessed to have met you. I love you. RIP.
Jenny Chacon
August 11, 2010
Dear All,

I extend our family's most heartfelt condolences to Ebony, Stephen and to Julie's Mother, Father, and Siblings; also Julie's extended family. We know Julie is now at peace and all her worldly concerns are no more.

If we believe in "The Coming of the Lord" as stated in 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 will give us all comfort.

"1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those that fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, and who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those that have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words."

Tio Louie & Family
PS: As Baptist, we believe that when we die, our Souls go to Heaven and only our body's fall asleep and when The Lord calls or comes for us at the "Rapture", our body's will be transformed into Heavenly body's and our Souls will be united with our new Heavenly Body's.
Louis Tafoya
August 11, 2010
To the Tafoya family, Please know that our prayers are with you all. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
Lynn Maestas
August 11, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Our deepest condolences go out to you and the family.

Martinez Family
Mario Martinez
August 11, 2010
Dorothy and Family, We are so sorry about hearing that Julie has left us. Please know that all of you have been on our minds since we heard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Teresa Fisk and Family.
Tereesa Fisk
August 11, 2010
Julie was such a great person to know and always wanted to help. I will always cherrish the time I had with her, she helped me more than she could have known... Thank you so much Julie I love and miss you so much, Mareena and Angel said they will always pray for you. Until we meet again RIP. Love Chula, BooBoo, Mareena, and Angel
August 11, 2010
My mom left a lasting impression to all that she met, the moment you locked eyes with her you'll never forget. A bright and glowing soul, living as young as she felt she never grew old. I love you and you will always be missed, im so glad we went to bed that night after sharing one last hug and kiss.... Xoxo- Ebony Cherelle Tafoya
Ebony Tafoya
August 11, 2010
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire family. A beautiful spirit has left this earth and will be missed by all who know and love her. Peace be with you all during this time in your lives.

Linda Velarde
Linda Velarde
August 11, 2010
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