Early Friday, June 28, 2019, Julia Anne Mullin, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, cousin and friend passed away at the age of 62.
Julia was born on May 10, 1957 in Corona, California to David and Barbara Sprong. Shewas the second among six siblings; Denise, David, Michael, Kathy (Kitty), Jenny and Elizabeth. She began a family of her own when she was only 17 with Ernest Mullin and they had four daughters; Lynette, Rayshell, Gina and Kandice. Her daughters went on to give her fifteen grandchildren; Kyle, Patrick, Eddie, Rebecca, Andrea, Alexia, Ashley, Selena, Jeshua, Bryce, Ryder, Jaden, Sierra, Sarena and Austin. As well as six great-grandchildren; Jason, Isayeh, Annalyn, Audrey, Leah and Brooklyn.
After less than 10 years with her husband, Julia was left to raise her daughters on her own, working up to three jobs at a time to keep a roof over their heads. During this time she was able to complete some college courses but waited until after her children were fully grown to further her education. In 2009 she earned a Bachelors degree in Art at Northern University of Arizona.
Julia was an artist of many sorts, a singer, writer, painter, guitarist and pianist. She began early in life singing in her church choirs and continued singing in church until her youngest daughter was fully grown. She loved to sing her songs with her guitar or piano in her free time while family and friends would gather around to listen. In 1984, she was blessed with the opportunity to sing with her Northern University of Arizona choir in the Opening Ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympics. While at NAU she gained a passion for creating abstract art and created many canvas paintings during and after her time there. Much of her artwork can be found on fineartamerica.com and on Facebook at Art by Julia Mullin. She also wrote many poems which can be seen on hellopoetry.com as well as on her Facebook page. And within the last few years she'd been inspired to write novels and had many great beginnings that were left unfinished.
Julia also saw the beauty in the great outdoors. When she was in good health she enjoyed hiking, rock collecting, body surfing, and exploring nature. In her last few years she was able to travel across the United States to Belize with her daughter, Kandice and family and then to Hawaii with her daughter, Lynette and family.
And last but not least, Julia was a very strong woman, so full of hope, faith, and love. Because of this she had the strength to bear the greatest pains in life with an even greater will to survive.