ForeverMissed



Funeral Service: Saturday Feb 23, 2019, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California. 

Please join family and friends at Memorial Chapel at 5:30pm. Light refreshments will follow.    

Workplace Memorial Service: Wednesday Feb 27, 2019, Citrus College, Glendora, California. 

This is an additional memorial celebration of her life, at 1pm on campus at the Center for Innovation (CI), Room 159.  For those coming in from off-campus, please use the Citrus Avenue entrance (front of college near Student Services building).

Donations: Julie E. Wong Memorial Nursing Scholarship. 

Julie E. Wong, MSN, RN, CCRN, taught nursing at Citrus College for 27 years. She dedicated her life to training future nurses and she inspired her students to become competent, caring professionals. Those who were fortunate to have been educated and mentored by her will carry memories of Ms. Wong throughout their careers. 

The Julie E. Wong Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established by her family, friends, and her colleagues in the Health Sciences Department to honor her memory and preserve her legacy. It will provide scholarships to students pursuing a nursing degree from Citrus College. Please contribute here and select the “Julie E. Wong Memorial Nursing Scholarship” under the designation drop down menu:

https://14682.thankyou4caring.org/donatenow 

Thank you. 

Posted by Melinda Wong on September 18, 2020
I think about you and miss you every day, Mom.
It's COVID, and fires, and power outages, oh my!
The world could really benefit from your experience and humor at a time like this!
I've used your sewing machine to turn some of your more whimsical patterned scrub tops into cloth masks. And I think about you every shift as I don PPE and doff a sweatier version later. I think you'd really like my dorky looking goggles and the funky hair covers I wear to add pizazz to lackluster uniforms.
As updates go:
Diet Coke has a new commercial out "Drink what your mama gave ya." Convinced they're channeling you.
Your scholarship has been awarded twice now.
Curt and I have new homes and we each are making use of one of your crockpots.
I'm sure the good ole dogs that followed you to heaven are keeping you company, and that's reassuring. (I can hear you talking to them in your dog voice!)
Our new animals are either super spazy, missing teeth, or completely deaf, so we know you'd love them all and show them through food, pats, and ASL.
The world seems more chaotic than ever, and we miss you extra.
Hope you know it! Love you!!!
Posted by Melinda Wong on November 2, 2019
Usually I text you in the morning and call you in the evening on my birthday. And I say “Can you believe you became a mom X number of years ago?! And thanks for making me, raising me, and accepting me for all my craziness!” And then you remind me that I get the majority of craziness from you, and we plan for your thanksgiving visit.
I miss you so much, mom. Every day. Especially today.
You taught me to love and to laugh, to be a nurse and a mom, to be kooky, strong, oh so dumb and a smarty pants.
When I think of you I snort-laugh, when I miss you I cry, and every moment of everyday I feel lucky to have had such an awesome mom.
I love you!
P.S. For Halloween, we dressed up your dog like a pirate. It made everyone who saw her smile and laugh. I think she may need more costumes.
Posted by Howard Kaplan on July 15, 2019
I am deeply saddened to learn of Julie's passing. I will always fondly remember her brilliant mind and generous heart. When she learned through Facebook that I was entering The City of Hope for treatment of lymphoma, she swung into action by having folks donate blood in my name. Her legacy will live on through her family, the many nurses she taught as a professor, and the future nurses who will benefit from the scholarship named for her. My deep condolences to her family and all others who were fortunate to have known Julie.
Howard Kaplan
Posted by John Corbid on May 30, 2019
I miss you MJ.
Posted by Daniela Ibarra on February 28, 2019
Thank you Mrs. Wong for being the most selfless, loving, funny, and strongest nurse that I encountered. Your memories will always have a special place in my heart and mind. Thank you for setting an example for all of us to follow. May you be resting in peace. Love Daniela.
Posted by Sharon Russell on February 17, 2019
RIP Sweet Julie!
Growing up with the Nelson's we spent many days together.
Prayers going to the entire Ettesvold and Wong Family.
Sharon Brown Russell

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Melinda Wong on September 18, 2020
I think about you and miss you every day, Mom.
It's COVID, and fires, and power outages, oh my!
The world could really benefit from your experience and humor at a time like this!
I've used your sewing machine to turn some of your more whimsical patterned scrub tops into cloth masks. And I think about you every shift as I don PPE and doff a sweatier version later. I think you'd really like my dorky looking goggles and the funky hair covers I wear to add pizazz to lackluster uniforms.
As updates go:
Diet Coke has a new commercial out "Drink what your mama gave ya." Convinced they're channeling you.
Your scholarship has been awarded twice now.
Curt and I have new homes and we each are making use of one of your crockpots.
I'm sure the good ole dogs that followed you to heaven are keeping you company, and that's reassuring. (I can hear you talking to them in your dog voice!)
Our new animals are either super spazy, missing teeth, or completely deaf, so we know you'd love them all and show them through food, pats, and ASL.
The world seems more chaotic than ever, and we miss you extra.
Hope you know it! Love you!!!
Posted by Melinda Wong on November 2, 2019
Usually I text you in the morning and call you in the evening on my birthday. And I say “Can you believe you became a mom X number of years ago?! And thanks for making me, raising me, and accepting me for all my craziness!” And then you remind me that I get the majority of craziness from you, and we plan for your thanksgiving visit.
I miss you so much, mom. Every day. Especially today.
You taught me to love and to laugh, to be a nurse and a mom, to be kooky, strong, oh so dumb and a smarty pants.
When I think of you I snort-laugh, when I miss you I cry, and every moment of everyday I feel lucky to have had such an awesome mom.
I love you!
P.S. For Halloween, we dressed up your dog like a pirate. It made everyone who saw her smile and laugh. I think she may need more costumes.
Posted by Howard Kaplan on July 15, 2019
I am deeply saddened to learn of Julie's passing. I will always fondly remember her brilliant mind and generous heart. When she learned through Facebook that I was entering The City of Hope for treatment of lymphoma, she swung into action by having folks donate blood in my name. Her legacy will live on through her family, the many nurses she taught as a professor, and the future nurses who will benefit from the scholarship named for her. My deep condolences to her family and all others who were fortunate to have known Julie.
Howard Kaplan
her Life

Childhood

Julie Rose Ettesvold was born on April 8, 1959 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Kermit and Joan Ettesvold. A year later her family moved west to Port Hueneme, California, where Julie spent her formative years.  She attended Hueneme High School.

Education and Marriage

She graduated from nursing school at California State University Long Beach in 1980. She married Richard Wong in 1983 and raised two much-loved children, Melinda and Curtis Wong.

Career as a Nurse and as a Nursing Instructor

After graduating from nursing school, she worked as an R.N. at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for several years, then became a hospital nurse for an internal medicine group, followed by several years as a Critical Care R.N. at Huntington Memorial Hospital.  She was as a nursing instructor at Citrus College in Glendora for the last 27 years.

Quick to laughter and a master storyteller, Julie had a knack for setting people at ease in otherwise stressful situations. She leaves a significant legacy in the hundreds of nurses she trained over nearly three decades. Her students have helped shape the modern culture of American healthcare in California and nationwide. A popular and memorable instructor, Julie was a master at combining infinite patience with a strict adherence to regulations and standards. She had the ability to determine her students' motivations and areas of challenge to provide the most enriching and impactful educational experience possible. Her expertise and talent will be long remembered as a model of truly purposeful teaching: not only to instruct, but to inspire, motivate, and instill passion in those she taught.

Recent stories
Shared by Dani Wong Collins on February 19, 2019

Hi Grandma Julie. It’s Dani. I don’t want to write this in past tense, so I’ll write this like it’s a letter. I’m going to miss you so much. I will make hundreds of meatballs for you and I will eat them right after they come out of the oven. I’ll make peanut butter fudge for you, like the kind we made during Christmas. I want to thank you for everything. The things you would get for me all the time like fun socks and clothes. My favourite memory of you is when we went to Arizona and you left on your murder mystery shows. It was scary, but also really funny. Thank you for thinking about us all the time. I will think of you too. I love you so so much. 

Love,

   Dani. 

P.S. I took a picture that reminded me of you