Obituary — Julie Ellen Fifield Christians
When word arrived from Missoula last Friday that longtime Park City resident Julie Christians had passed away from pneumonia, a deep sense of loss ran through the community a community that, through passion and involvement, she had helped forge.
Born in Los Angeles on September 1, 1946, Julie Fifield attended Paramount High School, Compton College, and L.A. State College. Somewhere in there was a stint at BYU which proved unsatisfactory to both parties.
After a visit to Park City with sorority sister and longtime friend Virginia Castro in 1969, she would join the ’60s-’70s exodus to the ever-evolving ski town and make it her home the following year. As opposed to what would come later, this early expatriate scene flaunted a cultural literacy that has served to tightly bond together the various pranksters-in-question to this day.
Julie’s inner strength saw her through many setbacks over the years, including a debilitating onset of rheumatoid arthritis at an early age. She kept the faith, however, and became coach of the "Softballers," a legendary local girl’s team, when she was no longer able to play. Her well-known volunteerism, especially her longtime association overseeing screenings at the Egyptian Theater during many Sundance Film Festivals, would further add to the myth.
But it would probably be the opening up of her home on Sandridge Avenue as a child care facility that would most endear her to the community and the generations who would participate in her quite singular take on behavior modification.
Julie would marry Dan Christians, whom she met in Park City, and they would have a daughter, Alicia, the jewel of her life. She and Dan would later divorce. Alicia would move to Montana for school and would meet and marry fellow student Allen rd. A few years ago, Julie also moved to Missoula and lived to see her daughter successfully complete her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Montana this past spring.
Julie is survived by her daughter, Alicia; sister, Linda; nieces, Laurel and Heather; and nephew, Brent. And, of course, the hundreds of us who have been part of her extended family throughout most of her life those who fondly recall her "red house on Main Street" and her gig at the "Crepe and Fondue House" on lower Park Avenue.
There will be a celebration of Julie’s life at The Park City Community Church, 4497 North Highway 224, on Wednesday November 19 (tonight) beginning at 5 p.m. Refreshments will follow at the Sun Peak Lodge at 6 p.m.
A viewing will take place on Thursday November 20 at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple in Salt lake City from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the funeral ceremony directly following at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 North "N" Street, up in the Avenues.
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