Julie Marie Myers

Julie Marie Myers, age 66, of rural Fowler, IL passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2024 in her home. She was born February 13, 1958, in Clarksville, KY a daughter to Leroy and Lillie Mae (Powers) Byard.

Julie worked at the Illinois Veterans Home, beginning in the laundry department before moving into dietary, then as certified nurse assistant and lastly in housekeeping. She loved her residents at IVH, and they loved her. After working at the Illinois Veterans Home for over 21 years, Julie retired in 2020. In addition to working at the Veteran’s Home, she previously lent her talents to the Bergner’s Department Store, specializing in Christmas decorating.

Julie attended Salem Evangelical Church of Christ. She occasionally liked going to a casino and playing the slot machines, and she was often lucky! She could tell so many jokes, she was like a rolodex of jokes on nearly every subject. She was the life of the party, fun to be around, and loved to make people laugh! She had a soft heart, enjoyed camping at Oakwood Acres and driving around in her golf cart.

Julie is survived by her significant other of nearly 41 years, Kathy Mowen. Her son, Charles Myers (Jennifer) of Quincy, IL. Also, Connie M. Mowen, who was like a mother to her, and her children: Dean Mowen, Douglas Mowen, and Karen (Mowen) Voss. Grandchildren: Lela and Joseph Myers of Quincy, IL. Siblings: LeRoy “Junior” Byard, Jr. (Dee) of Palmyra, MO, Grady Byard of Madisonville, KY. Many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews along with extended family also survive.

In addition to her parents, Julie was preceded in death by Donald E. Mowen, who was like a father to her, and siblings: Sue Johnson, Freda Byard, Dorene Calvin, and her twin, Lorene Byard.

Funeral services will be on Friday, March 29, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Salem Evangelical Church of Christ. Interment will follow at Greenmount Cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday, March 28, 2024 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice. Messages may be shared online at www.dukerandhaugh.com


  1. Gina Maddox on March 27, 2024 at 11:15 am

    I want to convey my deepest sympathy to Kathy and the family. She was one of the great ones and was loved by many, many people! Rest easy Julie, we will miss your smile and laughter.

  2. Brenda Welch on March 27, 2024 at 2:57 pm

    She is going to be missed dearly. Love you girl

  3. Tena Hodges on March 27, 2024 at 3:16 pm

    Oh, Julie, you will be remembered with laughter and smiles, because that is what you wanted most to bring to those you met! I laughed so many hours with you, cried with you a time or two, and cherish you and Kathy as two of my most heartfelt and true friends. Work brought us together in this life and Christ will reunite us one day. Rest easy my friend.

  4. Cary Byard on March 27, 2024 at 5:31 pm

    Much love and prayers to her family.

  5. Carol Rankin on March 27, 2024 at 6:26 pm

    Kathy,I am so sorry for your loss. Julie will be missed by so many friends and family. Sending hugs to you.

  6. Angie Sassy on March 27, 2024 at 6:53 pm

    Kathy ,
    We were so lucky to see you both and had a fun time just the way Jules wanted .when we come back we will help to continue her Celebration for that is what she wanted. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers We love and send our hugs my friend.

  7. Debbie Lucas on March 27, 2024 at 7:28 pm

    Kathy, I am so very sorry for your loss. Julie was a big presence and I know how much she will be missed. Be kind to yourself in the coming weeks and months. I wish you peace.

  8. Kathie Rigg RN (IVH retiree) on March 27, 2024 at 7:41 pm

    Remember Julie from our days at Illionois Veteran’s Home. Never seen Julie when she wasn’t in a up for anything mood. Residents loved her too. I’m sure she will be missed by many. Sorry for your loss Kathy and others who called her family or friend.

  9. Patti Green on March 27, 2024 at 8:36 pm

    So sorry to hear of Julie’s passing.

  10. Sherri Winters on March 27, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    Sending heartfelt prayers and hugs from
    Aunt Sherri and Uncle Chris. Thinking of you all.

  11. Tana Logue on March 28, 2024 at 8:47 am

    Julie, you were an incredible role model for myself & I will be forever thankful. Thank you for encouraging me to be my true self regardless of those around me. You will be missed.

  12. Sue douglas on March 28, 2024 at 9:26 am

    I’m saddened hearing this as Julie was such a bright light in so many lives.
    God still left us with good memories to cherish.

  13. Terry thomas on March 28, 2024 at 11:46 am

    Sorry for your loss, Julie was a great person. She always had a smile and willing to help anyone who needed help at work. She will be missed.

  14. Lisa (Kelch) Glasgow on March 28, 2024 at 4:31 pm

    I have just heard this sad news. Kathy Charlie and family my deepest condolences. She was always funny,happy and I will always remember her from so many years ago. Kathy I’m sending my love and prayers to you.

  15. Chelly Peterson on March 28, 2024 at 8:24 pm

    I’ll miss you dearly aunt Julie. We grew up together, you were my bestie. Thought you were just it when I was young then you came to live with us, here in Quincy. Had so much fun doing things together. And how we’d change things only to find you had your hair cut the same as mine. Or getting glasses and run into you and you had the same pair too. And as we got older, and would be out together people would think we were sisters. And you’d laugh and holler at mom… I can hear you both. You laughing and mom saying stop that Julie your my sister not my daughter. I loved you like my sister. You were always up on the jokes and stories.. never a dull moment with you.!! I’m sure you and your sisters and mom n dad are having quite the reunion up there. Hug my mom n son for me.

  16. Cindy lohmeyer on March 29, 2024 at 12:57 pm

    Remember her jokes, always funny.sorry for your loss.

  17. teresa pickle on April 1, 2024 at 6:39 pm

    Kathy, My deepest condolences to you and Julie’s family on the loss of your amazing partner. May God provide you all with strength in the days ahead and may your many wonderful memories provide you with comfort. Rest in peace Julie.

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