Julie Ann Turner, 1962-2018
It is with heartfelt sadness that we remember a dear friend and community member Julie Ann Turner who passed away very unexpectedly at the age of 56. Julie is survived by her 18-year-old daughter, Abi.
Julie grew up in Green Bay, Wis., graduated from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in 1985 with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. She relocated to Denver where she worked while attending Aurora Community College. Her love for skiing on weekends at Winter Park Resort (WPR) eventually motivated her to make a huge leap and she moved to Grand County.
She began her WPR career in 1988 working with the Pioneer lift crew. Within a month, she was named Employee of the Week, one of many honors she would receive while working in the lift department. For many years, Julie worked seasonally for WPR allowing her to travel and take on adventurous summer jobs including becoming a raft guide for Mad Adventures, an experience that would lead to a lifelong love for rafting.
Julie became Director of Lifts at WPR. Julie was generous with her time and provided a nurturing approach to mentoring her team, and was a respected leader. She developed numerous programs and was recognized in 2005 as a Company ACE Award winner for her innovative and gracious efforts.
In 2015, Julie moved over to WPR’s Treeline Treats in a supervisory role which gave her more time to spend with her daughter Abi. In this new position, Julie was recognized for her compassion and patience with children. She also generated new ideas for events and promotions which appealed to customers and co-workers alike. This past spring, she achieved her second ACE Award for her dedication to the Treeline Treats operation.
The greatest accomplishment and joy of her life was her daughter Abi. She was never happier than watching Abi graduate and seeing her accept her many academic and scholarship honors. The two enjoyed traveling together, and their numerous Disneyland adventures created many warm memories. Together they made a home and filled it with love and laughter.
Julie was a great friend to many in the valley. She loved rafting the rivers of the west with friends and family, and gave back to her community by volunteering at Grand Foundation for many years.
A memorial service has been scheduled at Winter Park Resort’s West Portal Station on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
A GoFundMe page has been established to accept donations and memorials in Julie’s honor to assist Abi with her education and health care expenses. That link is: http://www.gofundme.com/julie-turner-memorial-for-abigail.
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