"A joyful person," "Such a kind soul," "She had an effervescent smile," these are just some of the kind words that have been shared again and again through various conversations and social media about Julie. One friend shared her belief that "Julie was what all women aspire to be." Those thoughtful remembrances are accurate and truly appreciated, but our words often fall short in capturing the essence of the truly remarkable person Julie was. The following will also fail to convey the wonder of her and the pleasure of knowing her, but it is humbly submitted anyway.
Julie was the first of four children born to Karen and Vincent McDermott. She reveled in memories of a happy early childhood on Long Beach Island. In fact, the beach and bay at Long Beach Island maintained a lifelong grasp on Julie's heart; it was her place of joy, of refuge, of sanctuary, and Holgate became the gathering place for her family on innumerable occasions. Julie had a habit of strolling along the strand collecting sea glass and interesting shells, and she often enjoyed gazing at sunsets as they seemed to sink into Barnegat Bay. The sea air itself was rejuvenating for Julie; she always felt her best down at the shore.
As her family grew to include brothers Vincent and Eric, and sister Aubree, the McDermotts moved to King's Grant and, eventually, to Lenola in Moorestown. Through those years, she shared Vincent's enjoyment of playing outdoors in the woods and joining their siblings and the neighborhood kids for street hockey and wiffle ball, and other adventures. She had many fond memories of riding horses bareback with her cousin Chrysten, and cheering on her brother Eric and her sister Aubree from the sidelines as they excelled in baseball and soccer, respectively.
An honors student and consummate reader, Julie graduated Moorestown High School in 1989 and matriculated at The University of Iowa. Julie held several jobs reflecting her love of animals as she was employed for many years at Allen's Kennels, then Mt. Laurel Animal Hospital, and Animal and Bird Health Care Center in Cherry Hill. She then began her long and outstanding career in computer and electronic component sales with the global company Avnet. She doggedly rose from front desk receptionist, through administrative assistant, to become one of the country's top inside sales program managers. She was even rewarded for her outstanding performance with company sponsored celebratory trips to Hawaii and Mexico. Julie was dedicated to her career and remained in the profession for over 21 years. The work was challenging and stressful, but Julie built many lasting friendships with colleagues. She had a knack for turning challenges into opportunities, conflict into partnerships. She was strong and intelligent; but she was kind. Her lyrical voice charmed customers and colleagues alike. Julie's colleagues became lifelong friends whom she loved.
Julie married Chris Van Sciver, also of Moorestown, in November of 1994 after a two year courtship. The wedding and reception was made especially joyful and memorable for all the help and involvement of almost all of her nuclear and extended families in preparation and execution of the event. Julie and Chris moved first to Haddon Township while he worked in the restaurant business, but they returned to Moorestown to live with her family while Chris returned to college to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher. In the meantime, Julie and Chris welcomed their only child, Austen Christopher, into the world in September of 1999. Julie loved Austen completely and was ever an excellent role model for the kind, strong person he has become. Julie and Chris considered themselves exceedingly fortunate to have a very happy, supportive, and loving marriage for 24 years. They enjoyed road trips and other travel, trying interesting and unique food, music, and laughter. Any given weeknight, one was likely to find them dancing in each other's arms as they prepared dinner for the whole family.
The hallmark of Julie's personality was her deep, abiding love for and devotion to her family and pets. Julie would do anything for each and every member of the family no matter the situation. Her greatest joys were always when her mom and dad, siblings, husband, and child were all together. Family dinners were commonplace most nights of the week, and they spent most weekends engaged in activities with each other.. She also was delighted to have aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and friends over to her home, and she was a warm and congenial hostess. During each season of the year, Julie would decorate the house extensively. She enjoyed having the mantle staged with Dickens' Village houses and lights at Christmas, and spreading colorful seasonal arrangements on the front and inside of the home at Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and every other holiday in between.
Julie passed peacefully at home with her family present, just the way she would have wanted it to be.
Relatives, friends, and colleagues are invited to attend her memorial visitation at Eichel Funeral Home, 8323 Maple Ave, Pennsauken, NJ 08109 on Friday, August 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Service following. Interment private.