Julie Waves
Julie Ann Leal
  • 49 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 31, 1968
  • Date of passing: May 22, 2017
"The song has ended but the melody lingers on." Irving Berlin

Julie Ann Leal, 49, lost her battle to melanoma on May 22, 2017, after a 10-year, courageous and valiant fight.

Born March 31, 1968, in Usingen Germany, Julie grew up a true "California Girl" in Long Beach and Cerritos, California, and currently resided in Henderson Nevada. She is survived by the "loves of her life" her husband, David Leal, their twin sons Marcus and Daniel, and her parents, Ronald and Ingrid Humphrey.

Julie had many passions, none more important to her than her beloved family. Family was everything to Julie and she cherished the time she spent with David, Marcus and Daniel doing things like hiking, camping, cooking and being a football mom.

She also enjoyed reading, writing, dance, music and just having family time at home.

Julie knew from an early age that her calling was to be a teacher. During her 20+ year career, she helped thousands of students realize their potential and reach their dreams through her dedication and professionalism. She was a truly gifted educator and a special member of the teaching community. Her patience, compassion, work ethic and genuine love for helping and inspiring children made her a natural in the classroom.

Her passion for wanting to make a difference in people's lives led her to teaching and she earned an undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach in Psychology and a master's degree in Education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also continued to advance her education while teaching, earning many certifications, awards and accolades throughout her career.

Julie leaves behind countless friends, colleagues, nieces, nephews, cousins, former students and so many others who were touched by her light, optimism, joy and kindness. While our hearts are beyond broken at our immeasurable loss, we know the legacy she leaves behind will carry us through the difficult times.

We would like to express our appreciation for the many family, friends, colleagues and even strangers who have shown such generosity during her battle, giving so freely of their time, donations, words of encouragement and more. We also wish to thank the doctors, nurses, therapists and medical support staff who helped us through these trying times. Special thanks to Dr. Hutch.

We invite you to share your thoughts of Julie here on this blog - whether it's a special memory, a recollection of a time you spent together, a favorite song or story you shared, or anything you would like her family and loved ones to know. We are comforted by your words and thoughts and know they will continue to bring us peace in the challenging days ahead.

For those asking how they may help the family, continued contributions to "Julie Leal's Fight Against Cancer" Go Fund Me page are welcomed and appreciated, and will be used for outstanding medical, household and other related expenses. You can donate at:https://www.gofundme.com/julie-leals-fight-against-cancer

Thank you ...  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Hannah Hoffman on 20th June 2017

"I went to Gibson in 2nd and 3rd grade, 2013-15, and I remember if I went there for 4th grade, I would do anything to get Ms. Leal. I had a bond with her husband, David, because I saw him several times with Julie and he worked as a PE teacher for a few weeks at my new school. He no longer works at my school, but my prayers go out to David, Marcus and Daniel, and Julie Leal's family"

This tribute was added by P Benson on 10th June 2017

"It is so true that the melody lingers on just like memories.  This day I can still hear and see things in my head about my mom.  My brother had a look on his face just this past Wednesday.  My mother would make the same facial expressions when she was around.  So, I say to Miss Julie's family allow the melody to linger on and on.  Julie will  always be around by the sound of a bird, a book she read, and songs she sung.  I am praying for the family to be in peace.  "May you have undeserved kindness and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."  2 Corinthians 1:2"

This tribute was added by Idene Gamez on 9th June 2017

"Hello Julie, Idene here. I remember meeting you at Vons 146.  It was in Tustin calif.  You were a checker / supervisor . I remember you always being so happy and bubblie. Ur boyfriend at that time was David Leal who worked in the meet dept..  Ur father Ron got transferred from that store which in turn allowed you to come to that store.. I remember thinking to myself that you were such a lucky girl because not only were you so happy and nice but... you were so smart.  I knew you had a good future whatever you decided to do because smartness comes natural to this girl.  Well obviously I was right.  Not only were you a great teacher but most importantly you were a great mother and wife..  I am glad I got to meet you in my lifetime.. You are an Angel now!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Jo Holman on 9th June 2017

"I first met dear Julie at a workshop a friend and I presented for MISD teachers. Julie's delight and enthusiasm for teaching brightened the setting, and all of us realized that day that MCKINNEY had gained a truly genuine professional and wonderful person. Julie continued to attend our workshops and she inspired all of us to be the best we could be and to impart all that we could to our students and colleagues.
I had custody of my great niece for three years, and I loved running into Julie at the learning center her boys and my niece attended. She gave me some excellent advice about parenting. This was priceless to me since I had never raise any children of my own!
We were sad when Julie moved to Nevada, yet we knew that she would continue to shine and bring love and joy to all who knew her. I remember when I thought seriously about moving to Nevada. Without even asking her to help me in my job search, she jumped in, gave me names of people to contact and she offered to help me. I decided to stay where I was because my dad's health was not as great as it should have been at that time. I remember Julie telling me that family was the most important thing in the world and that she appreciated my decision to stay near my family. This event happened soon after her family had relocated to NV. She shared her joy and excitement about her parents being near her and how much her boys loved having them close! Julie always had a welcome mat for any of her Txas friends desiring a visit to her home and to NV.
All in all Julie was a lovely person with a heart bigger than the Universe. She was unselfish and generous. She was the best mother and wife in the planet all the while giving her students th BEST EDUCATION possible. I am so blessed and grateful to have known this Earth Angel. Each of us should strive to model our lives after Julie's. The world be a perfect place if we had more "Julie-minded" people. I send love and comforting light to Julie's family and friends."

This tribute was added by deidre chastain on 5th June 2017

"I knew Julie when she was young girl. I worked for Ingrid her mother. So I was able to hear and see Julie as she was growing up. What I especially loved about Julie is her laugh and her smile. I can say from the time she was a little girl to young lady - she always cared about others and had the most positive spirit. I always saw her as a bright sweet kind person who really enjoyed life. Her joy was contagious - you could not be around her without laughing and feeling joy. She lit up the room whenever she was there. She is the child every parent wants and I am sure the wife and mother every husband and child deserves. She made herself known on this earth - she will be loved and missed by all that knew and loved her. My love to her family. May the sweet memories fill your hearts with the love I know she felt for you."

This tribute was added by Cindy Lowman on 4th June 2017

"I think and pray for Julie daily and have been since she first fell ill.  We met when my twins played soccer with her twins a couple of years ago.

She was always smiling, positive and loved her 3 boys.  Being a mom was her life dream and she did it well!  We had a couple of medical things in common, so I was really drawn to her as she was great support for current things and good to talk to about past things.

I regret that we didn't get together more after the soccer seasons were over.  I was in contact via FB and talked to her when I had "teacher/school" frustrations w/ our school and she was always there to give me advice.  

I loved hearing about and seeing the family vacations and outings they did.  They were truly quality family time.  Seal Beach will always remind me of her.

A couple of funny moments:

During one of our soccer games when her and Dave were the coaches, they were both out on the field coaching during a game.  I think the other coached complained that we had two coaches out there.  The other coach was not nearly as positive as the Leal Dual and I think he was just jealous.  He made the ref kick Julie off the field.  I don't remember exactly what she said as she took the sideline with the parents, but it was funny.  Seeing her 'upset' was not normal and she handled herself well and with humor.

I remember as we were at the year end party and the parents were sharing stories about our parents.  Her story about how her mom and dad called while her and Dave were out at a casino having a night out and was scolded like a teenager for not being home.  I, of course, cannot tell it nearly as funny and animated as she did, but we all had a good laugh.

We all know what an amazing person she was and loved by so many as she loved so many.  A great loss to those of us on earth.  I know she is up there watching over all her family and friends and I will see her again.

Julie, you were so kind hearted and had an amazing spirit and soul...gone too soon.  Rest in Peace"

This tribute was added by K C on 3rd June 2017

"I didn't know Julie very well and didn't know about her cancer battle. What I will remember most is her smile!!  As a cancer survivor, I always wanted to smile for everyone even though I was having my own issues so they wouldn't know or feel my pain. Our kids played football and ran track together and it was always a pleasure seeing her smiling face. I loved that she talked every football game and sent me pictures and videos. She loved her family and she will definitely be missed. Thank you for helping me remember to smile no matter what."

This tribute was added by Kimberly Mullin on 3rd June 2017

"I was thinking about the last time I spoke to Julie. It was just a few weeks ago. I had written to let her know I would be moving to Las Vegas soon with my family and I was excited to be able to spend more time with her and her family. She asked me to call her. When I did she wanted to know all about my plans for the move. With all that she was going through with her health she didn't hesitate to offer us all the support she could from connections for employment to adjusting to our environment. Said she would be there every step of the way. That's the kind of person Julie was. She put aside her own issues to help others through theirs. She was extremely special. ❤️"

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Barr on 2nd June 2017

"Julie's Huge Impact on Our Family. "Jayden Barr Best Man Mrs Leal's Class"


Jayden got 18 out of 27 votes for the Principals Award.

Which means 18 of his classmates voted him the best boy of his class.

All of the students were asked to write a letter individually on why they picked the best boy for the class. As we read the letters out loud tonight, tears were in my eyes. He really is a great kid. One who is just filled with so much love, joy, kindness, leadership, brains, and he is pretty handsome too.

Look how far we have come. Jayden was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism before he was 3 years old.  We were told he would not show emotion, care about others, give affection, the words used that will haunt me forever is "mild mental retardation"  and "He will never be a leader"

Fast forward to 8 years later and look at our wonderful ray of sunshine.  

I love that his peers recognize how amazing he is. We are so grateful that they see how incredible he is.

Julie had unwavering belief in Jayden. When a new obstacle came up she was the 1st to say he can do it. In January we had a meeting at school with  Julie's encouragement to have him go 100% in the General Education Classroom. Our training wheels came off and we let him fly. When Julie got sick in February he lost his security blanket but he gained so much confidence before she got sick, she set him up for success and to soar.

From the sweet little boy that banged his head on tile floors at the age of 3 to the Best Boy at the age of 11 loved and voted on by his peers. Look how far he has come. He has worked so hard and it is in thanks to Julie. Julie was Jayden's 2nd Mom as she was to all of her students. She has changed all of our lives. Thank you for everything. We are beyond grateful.

We love you Julie  ❤️"

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Barr on 2nd June 2017

"Jayden was honored to be in Julie's class for the past two years. Julie has been an amazing teacher, and friend to our family. To sum up what she has done for Jaydens life could fill up a book. Julie changed his life because of her constant unwavering belief in him and in us as a family. What I learned from her is love. Pure love that she showed daily for her kids at school and especially for her 3 boys. David, Marcus, and Daniel she loved you with such a deep and powerful love. You were always her universe. Seeing her smile and twinkling eyes made me believe in this world even more. Thank you Julie from the bottom of our hearts for being Amazing, Passionate, Inspiring, and Devoted YOU. We love you and as always Keep Going Driver!!!  ❤️"

This tribute was added by Cathy Hays on 1st June 2017

"Julie was a special co teacher at RJE.  I admired her for her loving example as well as her ability as a teacher.  
She was trying so hard to have children.  We were so happy when she announced she was pregnant with twins.  She loved her babies so much."

This tribute was added by Ralph Fletcher on 31st May 2017

"I did not know Julie well. I only met her a few times. But I do know she was a passionate writing teacher...keenly interested helping young writers find their voice. In a broader sense, she was (clearly) a fine teacher. I'm deeply saddened to hear of her death at such a young age. My heart goes out to those closest to her."

This tribute was added by Erika Allswang on 31st May 2017

"Julie was my master teacher in the Fall of 2002 when she taught first grade at Piggott ES.  She was amazing!!! Julie had such a passion for teaching.  Because of Julie's effort to make me the best teacher I could be, I went on to teach first grade for 11 years.  I still sing songs she taught me like "Spooky Walk" and "Rhyming Words." Julie was also a friend which makes me feel very lucky and grateful.  May she rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Cassandra Telles on 30th May 2017

"Julie truly was an amazing person. I always remember her baking. When I was a little girl she had made me a rice krispy cake and I thought that was the most amazing cake. I loved how she cared for everyone and would stop everything just to help someone.  When I got older my husband and I went to go visit Julie, David and the boys. Julie and I were talking and I told her today is my husband birthday. She stopped everything and said we need to make him a cake. Man she was a whiz in the kitchen. she wasted no time making him a cake and frosting all from scratch. She also got the boys to make him cards. We all sang Albert Happy Birthday! It was one of the best Birthdays we got to celebrate with Julie. It truly was a blessing. We will always remember you Julie. We love you David and the boys you are in our prayers."

This tribute was added by Wendy Killcrece on 30th May 2017

"She is Gone




You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.



David Harkins, © 1981
Silloth, Cumbria, UK
Poetic Expressions





  This beautiful poem is so comforting to me so I hope it will be to Julie's parents ,husband ,children & many friends & family members."

This tribute was added by P J on 30th May 2017

"My sincere condolences to the family.   Your loved one apparently lived life joyfully and really loved people. God has promised to bring about a time when we can see our loved ones again. Revelations 21:3,4.  At that time all mankind will enjoy perfect health on a paradise earth.   May you find comfort from the God of all comfort."

This tribute was added by LawrenceCassandra Parada on 30th May 2017

"Remembering our precious time together. The girls absolutely loved the rosaries you and boys gave them. We will pray them with and for you.

Praying for strength and understanding ~ ❤️"

This tribute was added by Heather Byerley on 29th May 2017

"Julie and I worked together briefly at Bendorf Elementary. Although we did not teach in the same grade level, her room was just down the hall from me so we crossed paths frequently. Once on a Friday night I stayed late to catch up on my work. I figured it was about 5 and that no one else was there besides the custodians. I cranked up Michael Jackson's "Earthsong" while I worked. All of a sudden she came running down the hall, struck a pose in my doorway with her fist and thumb as a microphone, and started belting out the lyrics! First of all, she scared the heck outta me because I thought I was alone, then second of all I laughed at her antics and clapped! I turned the music down and she said "Let's go home! It's late!" We chatted briefly about the job of a teacher and having a family. She told me family first. Always. Then we packed up to leave.
Although our encounters were brief, they are certainly memorable. She left an indelible impression upon children and adults alike. I hope I can be half the teacher, friend, mommy and human being that she was.  David, Marcus and Daniel....you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Enjoy Earthsong

https://youtu.be/XAi3VTSdTxU"

This tribute was added by L M on 29th May 2017

"The death of a loved one can be very painful and weight heavily on our hearts. Gods holy word the Bible provides comfort for families and friends like you who are deeply saddened by such loss. (John 5:28,29) says " Do not be amazed at this,for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tomb will here his voice and come out ". May you all continue to hold the precious memories of your dearly beloved Julie very close to your hearts and know that she is resting in gods memory and very soon we will see the one we loss awaken to a paradise earth filled with healthy happy people Psalms 37:9-11 & 29. And Revelation 21:3,4."

This tribute was added by Linda Morris on 29th May 2017

"Dear Ingrid and Ron ~ I am so saddened by the loss of your beautiful daughter Julie.  She had an infectious smile!  You have my deepest sympathy.  Love, Linda"

This tribute was added by Kimberly Mullin on 29th May 2017

"The first time I met Julie she affected my life deeply and continues to til this day. That first time David was still at work and met up with the rest of us later. As soon as he walked in her face lit up and all conversation stopped so she could hug and kiss him and tell him how much she missed him. My first thought was "but you just saw him this morning before work! How could you miss him already?"  That's when I realized that was the kind of love I wanted! David and Julie are an amazing example of unconditional love. Over the years I grew to truly admire Julie....  the way she always chose positivity, the way she loved her husband and children with everything she had, the way she supported everyone she met in their struggles and celebrated their successes, and so much more. She truly was one of the most beautiful souls I had the pleasure of meeting. I have so much love for her ❤️"

This tribute was added by Crystal Silva-McCormick on 28th May 2017

"I will never forget the first time I met Julie.  I was very small, not even 10.  David brought Julie to El Paso to meet our family.  I stood on the stairs as I watched this beautiful lady come in the door of our house. I remember hoping that I could be as beautiful as this woman when I grew up!  Julie was always so beautiful.  But, as David knew, and our entire family would find out, she was just as beautiful inside. Her compassion and kindness were always so strongly evident and generously given.  Every time I saw her, I was amazed by her kindness.  
Even with our family being scattered in different cities and states, she took the time and energy to put a collection of recipes together for a family cookbook.  That is an example of what she often did - bring people together, cherish family, and sew seeds of kindness and love.  I also watched her become an amazing mother to her boys who she loved so deeply and I watched her love my cousin David so fiercely. Their marriage and their life as parents was a beautiful thing to see because of how much love there was there.
She loved hard and loved so well. She loved in a way that if we all did, the world would be a completely different place.  I am privileged to have known her and forever inspired by the person she was.  Thank you and love you, Julie Ann Leal..."

This tribute was added by Donell Mcmullen on 27th May 2017

"Dear Julie,

We met for the first time as the teacher of my oldest son at Rueben Johnson in McKinney, Texas.  You were an amazing influence and gave him confidence and a love for writing he never knew he had.  You taught him to try, believe in himself and also that it was ok to fail.  You pushed him with love, guided him with knowledge and encouraged him with strength.  Then came Connor, who you took all of his boundless energy and channeled into great stories.  Your love for everyone in your world was felt.  It was palpable.  The pride and joy you held for your husband and boys was precious.  We will miss you but your impact will never leave us."

This tribute was added by Michelle Baumann on 27th May 2017

"Julie and I met 10 years ago in McKinney. She was on the interview team for the campus that hired me as a fourth grade teacher and now I serve as principal there - she positively influenced every aspect of my life. I recall very specifically the day she found out she was going to be a mom- a dream she had prayed for and waited 12 years to welcome Marcus and Daniel to the world. She was so supportive of me as just one year later I had my first son and the next year when I had my second. Our boys are 7,8 & 9. Our little stair steps. I loved teaching with her, spending time as mommies together, keeping in touch and loved that I was able to visit with her and get a glimpse of her new chapter in Henderson. She was the mom I hope to be, the wife I strive to be and a loving daughter. I struggled greatly over the decision to fly to her Memorial - in the end I decided to honor her by making memories with my boys. Today, the day of her service, my husband and I finally took our boys to Medieval Times - we have long said we would take them and never made time- until today. I know Julie blessed this decision as 2 very sentimental/superstitious things happened: our knight won and he chose the precious girl sitting next to my youngest  as the queen of the entire evening-her name was Jailyn. A "J" name queen- coincidence, I think not!
You will always be my sunshine. Thank you for making me a better person.
Love beyond measure,
Michelle"

This tribute was added by Mushfequr Rahman on 27th May 2017

"Even while writing this, I am filled with shock and disbelief upon hearing this news. Mrs. Leal instilled within me a passion for writing and learning that will never fade. She pushed me to succeed, even in situations where success seemed to be out of the picture. The world has lost a passionate, hardworking teacher who not only invested in the future through her unparalleled work, but also served as a role model to a plethora of students. Mrs. Leal, you have left your mark in this world in the hearts of students whose lives you have changed for the better. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

This tribute was added by Vladimir nicolas on 27th May 2017

"Dear Daniel and Marcus we are so sorry when we heard we started to cry your mom was so nice caring and loving your mom will always be  with you
love,
Chanell and Madison from school"

This tribute was added by Rochelle Roed on 27th May 2017

"Julie was an amazing teacher who truly cared about her students. Her genuineness, compassion, and dedication were qualities I always admired in her. My boys lives were truly enriched by Julie and she will always be remembered by our entire family."

This tribute was added by Paula Dowd on 27th May 2017

"I know that I am a better person for having known Julie. Her compassion for her students and others was obvious by the way she lived her life. She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Melissa Byars on 27th May 2017

"I was first amazed by Julie during the Summer Writing Institute she led at Frias ES during the summer of 2004. Her passion for writing ranked up there with her desire to become a mother. She was who I hope to be by the time I retire. She accomplished her amazing teaching skills early on in her career. When I teach writing, I think of her. She always had a kind word, gesture, and/or prayer for everyone around her. She had so many positive accomplishments in her life, but I know her greatest one was being a mom.  She really did laugh, live, and love with every part of her heart. I take comfort in knowing that she is in heaven with my mom who had melanoma and left three children at the age of 37. Love to the family of this amazing woman."

This tribute was added by Dawn Bingaman on 27th May 2017

"Jules was such a special person!  We met in high school and quickly formed a forever bond.  Her smile and her laugh were contagious, she could light up a room.  I will forever cherish our memories.

There is a poem called The Dash.  The "dash" refers to that time between the date of our birth and the date of our passing.  The poem reminds us to make the most of our "dash".  Jules did just that and I am so very thankful I got be a part of her "dash".

Love and hugs to Dave, Marcus, Daniel, Ingrid and Ron"

This tribute was added by Denise Abello on 27th May 2017

"This is actually Instagram dialogue from my granddaughter Gaige Rose (a part time writing student of Julie's), and my sister Joanne Contino.  I tried to copy it over in it's original form, but it would not copy.  I was so touched that this was written from Gaige's heart and also wanted to share this from a child/students point of view, of just how impactful Julie is/was and will continue to be.  

Gaige:  This is Gaige.  RIP Mrs. Leal. You were such a wonderful person and an amazing teacher.  Even though I was just in your writing class, I got to know your personality better than ever. You're such a great person.  You picked people up when they felt down and you were so optimistic and so full of life.  I don't understand why you needed to go so soon, but probably because they needed another angel and I guess you were the best person for the job. I wouldn't be surprised if you were because you're amazing and I keep saying that, but it's true. I remember this one time, where I threw my story in the garbage and you made me read it to the entire class, even when I didn't think it was good at all. You inspired me to be an author and I'll dedicate one of my books to you.  I am sad to see you go so soon.  lly xoxo

Joanne:  Who was she?

Gaige: She was my Nonni's neighbor and we had a bond that no one could break, not even now.  I can't stop crying whenever someone mentions her name.  Rest in Peace.

Joanne:  We are so sorry Gaige.  You wrote a beautiful tribute about her and that is her legacy.  She taught you to never give up.  She sounded like a teacher that cared about her students.  Life isn't always fair.  She sounded like she was already an Angel on this earth, she just got her wings now.  She is someone you will always remember, which is a gift she gave to you and at the time you probably did not even know it.  We love you Gaige.

Gaige.  Thank you it's really hard.  That was sweet and made me feel better. xoxo"

This tribute was added by Denise Abello on 27th May 2017

"Dear David, Marcus & Daniel,

We are so very sad for you.  Our hearts are filled with such heaviness.  Julie is/was such a beautiful person, so full of light, laughter and so much energy, in fact, all of you are and each in your own unique way.

When you moved in a few years ago, you brought our neighborhood back to life.  It was so nice to hear laughter, see cones in the street, bikes, forts and all of you having so much fun.  It warmed our hearts. We could also clearly see what a happy family you were and will be again, in time.  It may have shifted a little, but you are still a very beautiful family.

David you chose and were blessed with a beautiful woman to be your wife and mother of your children.  You chose well and not just well, but exceptionally well.  Marcus and Daniel, God blessed you with a mom that you can be so very proud of.  She was one of a kind. Her strength, her positive mind, her encouragement, her compassion, and her genuine kindness came through with and in everything she did.   You could not just see it...you could feel it.  She had/has so much love in her it just bubbled over and I believe and know, without a doubt in my heart, that you can still and will always feel her and her love, even though she may not be with you at this time.   I am sure you will always feel her presence.  She is with all of you and she will never leave you...remember that.   Much love and prayers to all of you.

Love, Noel & Denise Abello"

This tribute was added by Elaine Johnston on 26th May 2017

"Dear Marcus and Daniel,
Your mother was a wonderful woman and she loved you boys so much.  I knew your mother before you were born.  I know how hard she tried to bring you both into the world and how so very happy she was when she found out she was having twin boys!!  
I met your mother when she was still going to college and was doing her student teaching.  She was my student teacher and I was her supervising teacher.  She worked so hard!!   She wanted to become the best teacher she could be.  You know what?  She did become one of the best teachers I have ever seen!!  All of the students loved your mother because she made learning so much fun and they appreciated all of the love and work she put into her lessons.  After she finished her student teaching, she became a first grade teacher with me!! We were no longer teacher and student.  We became good friends.  I loved working with your mother.  She always had a smile on her face and she had great ideas.  
So, I want you both to know that your mother believed in working hard and trying to be the best you can be.  She worked at being the best mother, the best wife, the best teacher and the best friend.  I believe she accomplished all of these goals❤️"

This tribute was added by Beverly Pennant on 26th May 2017

"When I first met Julie, i was instantly drawn in by her energy. i used to think wow, it totally matches with mine and then i found out we were birthday twins (Aries), and it all made sense. Her light was just so bright, she was so positive even with all that she was going through. She was present, even when she should have been resting.. My family and I feel truly blessed to have known her even if it was just for a little while. To our neighbor, friend & pokemon teacher you will truly be missed. <3"

This tribute was added by Shelby Donaldson on 26th May 2017

"Aunt Julie,

I don't think I ever saw you without a smile on your face. You had a smile when we would make your famous fudge recipe. You welcomed me with wide arms when I would visit my friend in McKinney and stop by your house just to say hi. You had a way of making whoever you were talking to feel like the most important person in the world.
I love you so much, Aunt Julie. You had a beautiful life and a beautiful family, please watch over us all.
- Shelby Donaldson"

This tribute was added by Jee Fronk on 25th May 2017

"Almost every day after school Julie and I would watch our boys play at the park. We knew from day one that we had one thing in common. Which was how much we loved our boys. She strived to be the best mom and wife. I will miss our friendship and her love of life. I'm so thankful and will cherish the memories we made together. The park will never be the same without her."

This tribute was added by Dennis Goughnour on 25th May 2017

"During Marcus and Trey's track meets I had the pleasure to get to know Julie. She was one of those rare souls that you felt like you knew her for years just as you first met. She just lit up every time she spoke of her family. Maybe due to her illness she took nothing for granted and strived to live in the moment! Even during what sometimes was a very long track meet, Julie helped me to live each day with Love and passion, to take nothing for granted. Thank you Julie we Love you."

This tribute was added by Melissa Helmink on 25th May 2017

"I got to know Julie at the park after school and through the Gibson PTO.  She was so easy to talk to and the passion she had towards teaching and her family was inspiring. She was at all school functions, PTO functions and committed to two afterschool clubs!  Both my kids were lucky to know her. She co-taught my 5th grader and she is the lead Pokémon teacher for my 1st grader, who loved that she let them do a lot of trading instead of playing Pokémon on the computer!"

This tribute was added by Melissa Helmink on 25th May 2017

"She was also a neighbor and so thoughtful. She would text asking if my boys could have a mini soda or telling me of a suspicious car in the neighborhood. She was fiercely protective of her boys and exuded love and pride when speaking of her family.
She will be greatly missed but always remembered and loved.
We will be praying for peace and comfort for her family and all those grieving her."

This tribute was added by LawrenceCassandra Parada on 25th May 2017

"Julie, "I wanna get my Nephew some Chicos Tacos today"
Dave, "Okkkaaaay Julie we are going!"
Larry, "Are they the real deal...?"
Julie and Dave, "Eh.... we'll see...."
Larry, "They certainly look like the real deal and taste pretty good."
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"It wasn't ever the Chicos that I missed....it was the fond memories eating them with my family. I'll always cherish this memory Julie...loves your neph Larry"

This tribute was added by Penney Bell on 25th May 2017

"Julie was a passionate educator and true friend. She lit up the room when she walked into it. Her humor and energy were contagious.  While we miss her terribly, her light lives on in all who were touched by her love and positivity. We are all better people for having known her."

This tribute was added by Cindy Dohr on 25th May 2017

"Julie you will truly be missed. You are the kindness and most compassionate person and helped me when I needed it the most. You inspired me to keep going and not give up when life gets hard/confusing. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time. You will forever be in our hearts. Love you."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Moya on 25th May 2017

"Sorry doesn't begin to cover it.   Sending love to Julie's family during this sad time."

This tribute was added by E-Renate Lanio on 25th May 2017

""Die Bande der Liebe werden mit dem Tod nicht durchschnitten" (Thomas Mann)
Claudia und ich trauern mit Euch um die geliebte Julie.
In unseren Herzen wird sie immer einen Platz haben ❤️
und unsere Gedanken sind bei Euch!"

This tribute was added by Jessica Perkins on 25th May 2017

"I've worked with Julie for 3 years at Gibson Elementary.  My first encounter with her is when I got sick in the bathroom and her, not knowing whom it was,  went to get me a bottled water and helped me get back on track to continue my day.  From the beginning I knew she was a generous thoughtful person. After that I worked side by side with her and some of her students (sometimes all of her students) for the next couple years and every single day that  I was in there she constantly was motivating her students and making them try their very best. If they were incorrect she would never say "no that's not right" she would say " I love your thinking."  She has been such an inspiration to myself, colleagues and her students. Julie has made an impression on our hearts and I miss her terribly.  Walking into her classroom now looking at all her owl decor that she loved or her certificates or family photos, is heart wrenching.  Working with students can be difficult at times but I was always happy to go into her classroom just to see her and talk to her.  Her smile lit up a room and her joyous expression was contagious.  There will never be another like her and I am so honored to have worked so closely day in and day out with Julie Leal."

This tribute was added by Yolanda Morrow on 25th May 2017

"Julie the light of life,  dearest Ingrid and Ron our hearts are deepened with sorrow...bless you all!!"

This tribute was added by leslie henderson on 25th May 2017

"Mesmerized by her talent, love, and spirit. A great loss for all who knew her and a hole for those who will never meet her.  When I met her it was amazing to find out how our lives crossed paths so many times even though we never met.  Luckily, I did get my turn. Much learned on how to live. Will miss you always. Love and Prayers to Dave and the boys."

This tribute was added by Stacie Johnson on 24th May 2017

"I first met Julie in 2009 in Mckinney, TX.  Her sons attended preschool with my son.  Her boys were the first friends that my son made friends with and in class they were inseparable.  Julie invited my son to all of the twin's birthday parties and vice versa.  I was so sad to see them move to Nevada and I'm glad I was able to keep up with Julie  on Facebook.  She was always so warm and so sweet.  I'm so saddened that she is gone.  However, I'm glad that I did get a chance to know this beautiful person that so many seem to love so much.  Praying for the family in this difficult time.❤️"

This tribute was added by Marie Rivera on 24th May 2017

"Although I didn't know Julie well she and I share a touching story. When she moved to Las Vegas I had the great pleasure of working with her. Our children started kindergarten together. It was amazing to be in her presence. I could immediately tell she was a fabulous spirit. When Jaiden (my son) broke his leg our car broke down that same day. I had no one to call or run to so I posted a SOS on Facebook. Julie from Henderson to Southwest Las Vegas came to the hospital drove us home and bought us dinner. It was by far the most amazing thing that happened to me. Julie within that moment became my superhero. For today and forever I will miss you sweet Julie. Your kindness is forever within our hearts. May your beautiful soul RIP"

This tribute was added by Adrienne Bryson on 24th May 2017

"I met Julie when her, Dave, Marcus and Daniel first moved back to Las Vegas, they were our neighbors and instant friends. There are so many memories I was blessed to share with Julie, from trying to figure out how to keep cool in the hot summer days on good old Haskell Flats by letting our kids swim in big buckets of water, to pumpkin carving and gingerbread house making, and camping. Julie was spontaneous, fun, kind, and oh does the list go on. One very memorable moment was when she gave her very own Barbie collection from when she was a little girl to my daughter Aubrey, as Julie called it "a Toy Story moment". That was a very special gift from a very special woman. That was just the kind of gal she was. Love and miss you Julie."

This tribute was added by Jay Welch on 24th May 2017

"My daughter took dance lessons from  Julie  back in the early 80's.   She adored her.  SUCH A BEAUTIFUL GIRL.  Saddened to hear this.  Worked with Ingrid at LPIH for many years.  GREAT lady.  My condolences to Ron and Ingrid.  Dee Welch"

This tribute was added by Reyna Lopez on 24th May 2017

"Thank you Julie for a wonderful year of your life that you share with my family. The adventures and all the after luch/dinners we had after the kids games were always AWESOME!!! How can I forget our hunt to find those little mexican candy obleas that you loved so much. I will really miss you so much. 31 & 13 = Julie & Reyna remember March babies are the best!!!!❤❤❤"

This tribute was added by Kim Kierstead on 24th May 2017

"Missing Julie so much .... my bestest, forever, lifelong friend and sister. Love to you all."


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