Apr. 14, 1947 – Oct. 20, 2011
Julie Alexandra Lena Lymer (nee O’Hare) was known for her generous spirit and beautiful smile. Born April 14, 1947 in London, England, Julie grew up horseback riding, traveling in Europe and spending time with her family on the English seaside.
Julie’s gentle nature and nurturing instinct lead her to nursing. Trained as a nurse and mid-wife, she began her career in 1966 in London and quickly became known for her intelligence and competence. In 1974, Julie moved to Canada and brought her special touch to patients in communities across British Columbia, from remote Alert Bay to Mission.
In the late 1970’s, Julie met Bill Lymer through his sister who attended her church in Mission. Bill was captivated by Julie’s inward and outward beauty and gentle spirit. They married in 1980 and welcomed a son William in 1982 and a daughter Deborah in 1985. Living in Abbotsford, Fort Nelson and Fernie, the family eventually settled on Vancouver Island; where Julie spent the last 14 years working for the Vancouver Island Health Authority as a home care nurse, retiring in 2009. The Lymer’s loved taking road trips to southern California, a tradition Julie and Bill would carry on throughout her life.
A true bibliophile and grammatical master, Julie could often be found solving her crosswords. Her lyrical voice and soft touch were a soothing balm for friends and patients alike. She was a devout Christian and embraced the love of her Lord and Saviour Jesus.
In the early morning hours of October 20, Julie was called home to heaven after a courageous battle with cancer. Julie will be remembered by many loving friends and family.
A celebration of Julie’s life will be held at Oceanside Community Church, 1420 Alberni Hwy, Parksville on Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the BC Cancer Foundation or a charity of your choice.