Tribute by Tammy Terry


A dear friend and fellow co-worker of Julie's sent a tribute to be read at her funeral, but it got lost in cyberspace. I thought it summarized and emphasized the many kind words spoken on that day. Therefore, I am taking the liberty of presenting it below. Thanks, Tammy...Julie loved you too!


To Mr. Newell and Family:

I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. Words cannot express the pain and sadness I felt when I heard that my friend was no longer here. In fact, I spent all Saturday night in my closet, crying, trying to find something that she had given me that could reconnect me with my friend, Mrs. Julie Newell. After a few hours went by, I thought how selfish it was of me to be weeping out of sadness because I thought I lost a friend. I did not lose her; she will always be with us all. How can we forget a fighter like her. A remarkable woman she was, Mrs. Julie Newell.

Ron, I want to thank you for sharing your wife and your best friend with me and my family. We had become very close in a short period of time. She was a blessing to us and many others. I thank God for the opportunity to have been blessed with her presence, and to have had the opportunity to get to know the real Julie Newell, outside of the battlefield. God placed her in my life at a time when I needed someone with her strength and endurance, to help me through the tough times I faced while being in Cairo. There were many days I wanted to give up, but she encouraged me to go on, to keep my head up, and to keep fighting for what I believed in. I will forever be grateful for that. I will miss her dearly, especially all of that good home cooking. Now, all of the angels in Heaven will be feasting on Ron's famous ribs.

I am sorry I cannot be there today, but I know she understands; she is just that kind of person, always giving, sharing and loving and not looking for anything in return. God bless you, Mr. Newell. My prayers are with you and your family.

Tammy Terry and Family