|Birth: ||Jan. 19, 1959|
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 2011|
Julie Diane Ament Mathews slipped away to heaven on Sunday, March 26, 2011, at Sacred Heart Medical Center, after a valiant fight against leukemia.
Julie was born in Boise on Jan. 19, 1959. She moved to Lewiston with her mother and sisters in 1963, where she attended school, graduating from Lewiston High School in 1978.
She completed her master's degree in education in 2005 from the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College. She worked as the lead instructor for the state of Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections from June 2001 until her death.
Julie was an original hire at the newly opened juvenile corrections facility in Lewiston, in June 2001. As a teacher, Julie worked a full-year schedule managing a classroom with multiple grade levels and specializing in special education. Julie diligently served juvenile offenders in a difficult learning environment. Despite these difficulties, Julie never failed to demonstrate adherence to policy, commitment to quality, and a never-ending need to improve herself and her environment.
Among her many accomplishments, Julie managed individual education plans, served on the facility's management team, contributed to several program development committees, and created important and relevant policy. Most notably though was Julie's unflinching desire to address the individual needs of at-risk youth.
Julie married Chris Mathews in 1983. Together they had two sons, Corey and Jake Mathews, who were the light of her life. Julie and Chris later divorced, but remained close friends and dedicated parents to their boys.
Julie met and fell in love with Dan Moehrle, whom she would spend the rest of her life with, in Lewiston. Together they shared an interest in R/C car racing, with Julie often calling the races on the track in their backyard.
Julie was also deeply involved in the lives of Dan's two young girls, Kylee and Jaiden. The girls thought of Julie as a second mother. Julie supported all the interests of the men in her life, Dan, Jake and Corey. She very much enjoyed just watching movies at home with Jake, participating in car racing with Dan and supporting Corey in his music.
Julie was a strong woman with deep ties to her many friends and work colleagues. She was always a great presence in the lives of all of her family. She was devoted to her mother, Gladys, and stepfather Paul Huffman, in helping with their daily lives to continue to allow her parents to maintain their home, often stopping by to bring lunch or dinner and, together with her sister Caryl, keeping her Mom's home a clean and safe place in which to live.
Julie is survived by her sons, Jake and Corey Mathews; her fiance and life partner, Dan Moehrle; parents Gladys and Paul Huffman; sisters Caryl Mackey and Vickee Gockley; stepsister Patty Appleford; stepbrothers John, Dick and Jim Huffman; nephews Tristan and Kevin Ruark, Tyler Armstrong and Brett Jurries; and nieces Jodi Burke, Stormi Vasquez and Melissa Skiles.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Debra Armstrong.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston. A celebration of Julie's life will be conducted from noon to 5 p.m. April 16 at the Lewiston Eagles Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Children's Leukemia Foundation or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Lewiston Tribune April 1, 2011
Christopher Wayne Matthews (1959 - 2015)*
Sister: Debra J. Davis Ruark Armstrong
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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I am so sorry to hear of her passing.We never had a chance to meet.I am her half sister.Condolences to the family. Louise(Ament) Hockenson|
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