Julie Ann Suplee
Julie Ann Suplee, age 47, of Bishopville, Maryland, passed peacefully on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Georgetown University after a 10-year battle with tRCC cancer.
Born in Baltimore, Julie graduated from Landsdowne High School and Mount St. Mary’s College as an undergraduate with a dual-degree in Psychology and Art.
Her children were her life, and Julie left the workforce for 14 years to raise them before returning to her other passion, which was to help other’s children in education.
Julie was also a founding member of Titanium Wrecks, NASA’s Worcester County Robotics Team for kids in Worcester. With the help of her leadership and guidance, the team thrived with an impressive three-year success in FRC Robotics.
A beautifully-humored mother of four, she was an art therapist at the Howard T. Ennis School in Delaware, having later earned her Master’s Degree in Art Psychotherapy from Drexel. Her work with children with special needs was one of the most rewarding parts of her life and her coworkers often spoke of the influence that Julie had on her students.
Over the years, people have said time and again that Julie smiled no matter where she was or what she was going through. Even her oncologist gave a moving tribute when he noted, “despite all of her fighting and suffering I never heard her utter a single unkind word or angry thought. To the contrary, she faced her unfair lot with an inner strength and grace that was apparent to all involved in her care.”
Julie’s love of the beach is the reason that her family moved here in 1999. She was ready to hop onto Assateague at any moment with a car full of kids, dogs and cookout supplies. She was most content just sitting with her toes in the sand, watching the ponies and listening to her children talk about school, boys, girls and life in general from the eyes of teens and preteens.
She is survived by her husband, Paul; children, Tyler, Hannah, Gabbie and Ethan; mother, Pat Hesselbein; sisters, Dawn Jewell and Sharon Ferguson; brother-in-law, Ron Ferguson, and the cats and dogs that she adored so much (there are many).
A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held at Harrison’s Harborwatch in Ocean City on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 1-5 p.m. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to KCCure, a foundation “dedicated to eliminating suffering and death due to kidney cancer.” A sizable amount of their research funding goes toward Translocation RCC, which is a rare disease with little data. This was what Julie had. Their website can be found at KCCure.org.