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Julie Missias

September 1, 1960 — January 8, 2022

Julie Missias

Julie (Stennett) Missias, 61, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Rose Arbor, under a handmade quilt, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.


Julie was born, September 1, 1960 to Charles and Rose Stennett. She grew up on the family farm in Fennville, MI with her parents, three siblings, and countless animals. Julie moved to Kalamazoo to attend the Bronson School of Nursing and graduated in 1981. After falling in love with Kalamazoo, Julie began her nursing career at Bronson right after graduation and continued until her retirement in 2021. During this time, she met the love of her life Arthur Missias, and they were married January 11, 1984.

Julie was preceded in death by her husband Arthur, and mother Rose. Surviving are her children, Christopher Missias; Sara (Jake) Smitley; and her step-son, Matthew (April) Missias; her grandchildren, Coulson Smitley, Elenie Missias, Maggie Missias, and Landon Missias; father, Charles Stennett; and siblings, Tim (Linda) Stennett, Andy (Denise) Stennett, and Susan (Jim) Vance. Julie was also survived by her dog O’Malley, who provided her unconditional love and companionship through her battle.

Julie’s life was filled with joy and compassion from her various interests. For many years, Julie spent more time in an ice rink than out as she supported her children during every game. She eventually transitioned her time to be spent walking several miles each day with O’Malley, quilting the most beautiful pieces of work, and serving God through Trenches Community Church. Julie was able to serve on a mission trip to Kenya, alongside her sister. The trip brought her even closer to God, her fellow Christians, and most importantly her sister Susan.

The family thanks everyone for their continued prayers and will be arranging a graveside service later in 2022, details to follow. In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to Trenches Community Church or Naomi’s Village.

While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Julie's guestbook and/or share a memory with her family.

The Missias family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 120 S. Woodhams, Plainwell, MI 49080. (269)685-5881.

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