Julia Stevens
Julia Stevens

Obituary of Julia Stevens

Julia "Betty" Bull Stevens passed away in Santa Cruz, CA on June 13, 2017 at the age of 95. Betty was born in Santa Clara, CA to Thomas & Carolina (Lass) Bull. She was raised working on her family's prune orchard on Homestead Road and graduated from Santa Clara High School in 1940. Betty then completed a 2 year course in nursing in 1 year. But in January of 1941, she met the love of her life, Thomas "Steve" Stevens, went to work for the civil service at Moffet Field and married Dec 3rd, 1941. Steve was in the army and due to Pearl Harbor was away for most of the first 3 years of their marriage. Betty continued to work at Moffett Field until his return in November 1944. They lived in Santa Clara, Fort Ord, Japan, Ft Lewis, WA and the Monterey Bay Area until Steve's retirement from the army in 1963, raising 2 children. Betty then returned to work and in 1965 they moved to Soquel where she worked for Wrigleys until her retirement.

Family was the most important thing to Betty. She was a great cook and loved to crochet and knit. She never complained and loved everyone. Her philosophy was whatever you gave was returned to you and multiplied. She had a memory that was amazing. In 1989 she was instrumental in the purchase of her family's home, The Harris-Lass House, by the City of Santa Clara for a museum.

Betty is survived by her son, Ronald Stevens (Marianne) of Santa Cruz; her daughter, Delayne Streeter (Verne) of Modesto; her grandchildren: Lisa & Mark Locatelli, Shawn Stevens, Laurie & Ben McManus, Sarah Beuhring, Art & Linda Streeter, Shelly & Brad Peterson, Claudia & Gary Bellani, and Paula Gabriola along with 22 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy Bull Flanders of Concord and was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Thomas "Steve" Stevens.

The funeral ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2017 at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel beginning at 11:00 a.m. A private committal will take place at Santa Cruz Memorial Park. If you wish, donations may be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz or a charity of your choice.