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Julie Alice Bebler

September 24, 1952 — May 20, 2021

Julie Alice “Mimz” Bebler, age 68 of Nevis, MN, formerly of Wells, MN, peacefully passed from this life to eternal life on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center surrounded by her loved ones, following a valiant battle against three different types of aggressive cancers these past 21 years. Julie was born on September 24, 1952 in Wells, MN to Julius and Viola (Voges) Jacobsen. She attended public school in Minnesota Lake, graduating with the Class of 1970. As a young woman, she gained employment working as a certified nursing assistant at the Behr Parkview Nursing Home in Wells. On May 21, 1972, she was united in marriage to Wayne L. Bebler at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danville Township near Wells, MN. Their union was blessed with four children: Brenda, William, BethAnn and Brooke. Julie devoted her life to making a warm and loving home for her husband and children. She was a wonderful cook who will be long remembered for her delicious homemade monkey bread, banana bread, Tator Tot Hotdish and Cream Chicken with mashed potatoes. She was an accomplished seamstress who would often sew late into the night making clothes for her children or clothes for her daughter’s Barbie Dolls or even personalized Christmas stockings for her entire family. Each spring she looked forward to planting a large vegetable garden which she nurtured into fruitful abundance for her growing family. She made many beautiful quilts for her children, grandchildren and many other family and friends until her cancer treatments left her with nerve damage in her hands. In 1988, she and Wayne left their busy farming life near Wells and ventured to northern MN and purchased the Sunrise Bay Resort on Eighth Crow Wing Lake south of Nevis, MN. Julie and Wayne worked side by side in operating the resort. They enjoyed serving the many families who became close friends over the 15 years they ran the resort. In 2000, Julie was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer and spent most of the next year focusing on her battle with this aggressive disease. After selling the resort in 2002, she and Wayne decided to stop and smell the roses and traveled extensively through the United States and Canada through 2007. In April of 2003, they purchased a home in Lakeview, Arkansas which they used as home base over the next 5 winters. During their time of travels, Julie loved searching for antique treasure and she shared this passion with her husband. In December of 2007, they moved to Moorhead, where Julie worked as a housekeeper in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Neo-Natal Surgery Department at the Merit-Care Hospital. Again in 2010, Julie was diagnosed with cancer…this time stage 2 Colon Cancer which she doggedly fought for the next 6 months. In 2017, Julie and Wayne returned to their home on the Crow Wing River and Julie began working as a resident assistant at May Creek in Walker in the memory care unit. She loved her work in ministering to the needs of residents with Alzheimers and other types of memory impairment; but, was forced into retirement due to health concerns. Julie was always very active in her communities. In 1983, she served as President of the Mrs Jaycees Chapter in Wells. She had also served as 2nd and then 1st Vice-President of The American Legion Post Auxiliary #210 in Wells before serving as its President in 1984, concurrently with her husband who served as Post Commander that same year. Since 1988, Julie has been a faithful member of the First English Lutheran Church in Dorset. For many years she was active in the Women’s Bowling Leagues in Wells and then in Park Rapids. In July of 1992, Julie was proud to be able to donate bone-marrow to her older sister, Janet who had developed Leukemia. This painful procedure was performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and added another three years to her sister’s life. In January of 2021, Julie was diagnosed with stage 4 endometrial cancer and has since spent as much quality time with her loved ones as possible. Her happiest times were always when she was surrounded by her family making wonderful memories for all. Julie will be lovingly remembered by her husband and soulmate who she has loved since she was 15 years old, Wayne of Nevis; her four children: Brenda (Dave) Platt of Papillion, NE, William (Valerie) Bebler of Moorhead, MN, BethAnn (Bobby) Lee of Chattanooga, TN and Brooke (Daniel Chevalier) Bebler of Park Rapids; her nine dearly loved grandchildren: Noah and Story Platt; Dylan, Hailey and Alyssa Bebler, Wren and Jonas Lee and Mason and Faith Chevalier; her four sisters: Caroline Campbell of Forest Lake, MN, Sandra (Gary) Cooper of Good Thunder, MN, Barbara Worke of Rowlett, TX and Eileen Jacobsen of Blue Earth, MN as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Janet Ganiere. Memorial services are set for 11 AM Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the First English Lutheran Church in Dorset with the Rev. Dr. Chris Davis officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Julie’s grandchildren will serve as her urn bearers. Following the service, a luncheon will be served for all by her church family. Wayne and family request any memorials be made to Wayne as they plan to make a memorial donation to the Roger Maris Cancer Center for all the compassionate care they gave to Julie through all three of her cancer treatments over the 21 years. To leave on line condolences, to share special memories, or to view the video tribute please visit www.jones-pearson.com
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