Julie Ann Bryant
January 26, 1968 ~ March 25, 2017
Julie Ann Bryant, 49, of Sioux Falls passed away Saturday March 25, 2017, after a long battle with multiple myeloma. She was surrounded by friends, family and beloved pets.
Julie did not want a memorial service. Instead, she requested that her ashes be scattered in the Black Hills of South Dakota that she loved. Anyone wishing to make a donation, please do so in Julie’s name to a local animal shelter or the Avera-Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls.
Julie was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, January 26, 1968, to P. Wayne Bryant and Judy (Self) Bryant. She lived much of her life in Yankton, graduating from Yankton High School in 1986. She also called Rapid City and Sioux Falls home.
Julie held several jobs in Yankton. Among her favorites were bartending at the Quarry restaurant and working at the Human Services Center (HSC). Caring for people was a theme that repeated itself throughout Julie’s life. She worked at Black Hills Workshop in Rapid City as a case manager over seeing several homes. It was then that she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, starting a long battle with the cancer that ultimately took from her the things she dearly loved.
Julie was a caring, giving soul who often put the needs of those around her in front of her own. Her devotion to those with special needs was a hallmark of her life. The residents of her houses were as much as her family, and she theirs, and as her real family. She donated her hair to Locks of Love several times.
Julie had many passions throughout her life. Not least of which was her animals, well any animal for that matter. They gravitated to her and Julie also to them. She was a tireless advocate for the care of pets and their well being.
Julie also loved ghosts and ghost hunting. She loved any story involving spirits and sought them out with all the fervor of a bloodhound on the trail. It is our dearest hope and wish that Julie become that gentle ghost that she so badly wanted to find herself. If your cat starts purring for no reason, if the dog rolls over on its’ back as if it’s belly is being rubbed, instead of fear and dread you feel warmth and love, it is Julie’s ghost, not lost, that continues to pursue her passions.
Julie is survived by her mother, Judy and brother Robert.
Julie is preceded in death by her father.