Julie Lynn Havener Osborne was born on March 30, 1967 in Garden City, Kansas. She was the baby of the family and brought sunshine everywhere she went. She was born into the loving arms of her mother and father, Nelda Havener and Paul Havener. Julie departed into the loving arms of Jesus on October 5, 2023. Because of her small size, she was affectionately called Munchkin or Baby Duck by her older sister, Debbie Havener, brother, Lance Havener (Vicky), and sister, Sheila Havener Hale (Lowell). Despite her health conditions when she was young, she was always happy and smiling. She would sing and make up her own songs. Her favorite song was “Its so fun to be the baby because you don’t have to work.” Despite the words of her song, she turned out to be a hard worker with the U.S. Postal Service and had many wonderful friends who stood by her and supported her during her battle with cancer. She attended West Monroe High School, where she sang in the choir.
Julie did not have any children of her own but loved her nieces and nephews like they were her own. Her nephews were Daniel, Christopher (Kayla), Logan, Brett, and great- nephew, Asher. Her beloved niece was Jennifer Lynn Hale, who preceded her in death on December 23, 2014. Her Eliza Havener; and great nieces were Audrey, Grace, Kenzie and Jade.
Her fur babies through the years were Rascal, Colby, Molly, Brady, Jen Jen, Bella and her soul dog, Marley. She would bring them treats nightly and sometimes even brought them Starbuck.
Julie enjoyed family vacations at the beach. Among her favorite trips were Washington, D.C, New York City, and Las Vegas. She also enjoyed cruised to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Cozumel, St. Martin and St. John. For her parents’ 50th anniversary, she took them to Italy, Greece and Turkey. Her favorite cruise was to Alaska where train rides, glacier watching, salmon cookouts and dinners with whales riding alongside the ship. Julie had already planned a trip to Austria to take her sister Debbie to the Sound of Music sites.
She loved the Braves and took many trips to Atlanta with her father. Her father affectionately called her his “baseball daughter.” She and her sister rooted for the Titans and the Predators. She was known for yelling out at hockey games “just hit someone.”
Julie was born with a hole in her heart. For the next 56 years, she worked on filling the hearts of all those who knew her and loved her. There is now a hole in our hearts which can never be filled until we meet again. While in the hospital, she asked us to write down a quote. She said “I can endure the pain as long as there are moments of joy.” Julie was our moment of joy. If you told her you loved her, she would respond that she loved you more. So as we say goodbye to Julie, please let her know that we loved her more.