12/18/2013 – Julie M. Sippell, Clayton

Mrs. Julie M. Sippell, age 58, of County Rt. 3, died Monday at the Hospice of Jefferson County Ellis Farm in Watertown.

Her service will be Saturday, Dec 21, at 1pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Calling hours will be from 11am until the time of the service.

Julie was born January 28, 1955, in Watertown, the daughter of James and Mary Taylor Johnston.

She graduated from Georgetown High School. For years she was a homemaker and a caregiver.

Julie was dedicated to her family and loved keeping a beautiful house and garden. She always put others before her and cared devotedly for her stepfather Morse Dial during his long illness.

Julie was a caregiver all her life and always listened to her heart and went her own way.

She is survived by her mother Mary Dial; a son Christopher Thornhill of South Carolina; a daughter Mary Francis VanLandingham of Colorado; and one grandson Dylan.

Donations can be made to the Handweaving Museum on John St. in Clayton.


  1. Chris Van der Wolk Posted

    I first met Julie on Nantucket in 1974, and was later her neighbor
    On Sullivan’s Island. Pretty much lost touch after that, but thought
    of her often, remembering fish massacres on Tuckernuck with the Lovers Lane
    gang, a party at the Ponderosa with some god-awful punch in a trash
    can, her wedding in D. C., and oyster roasts on Brownell.
    She was kind, and considerate, and had a fine sense of humor.
    My condolences to her family and her friends.

  2. Joedy Hill Posted

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom!! She was a super lady and lived life to the fullest! If there is anything we can do to help you, please know we are here for you!!
    Hugs and much love to you!!

  3. Sally Jeanne Selander-Sippell Carrier Posted

    Dearest Mary Frances and Christopher,
    Please know I learn of Julie’s passing with genuine sorrow. While loved ones forever must do so, this universal event’s untimeliness in their own lives, does so with added harshness. As your adoring Aunt since the wedding of my beloved brother Jeffrey to your Mom in the late 80’s, I have ever been a companion witness with you of their love and devotion to you … also too, of the developmental undercurrents in their love for each other, their friends, their passions, and their careers. Lest we do either of them an injustice, you two and I keep their trust as closest-survived-by’s having been individually tasked to fulfill final-days requests… a silence we share. It’s one that we deeply understand, feel, and honor together, and I cannot even begin to express to you how proud I am of you for making that leap of faith for Julie, as I had once promised to take for Jeff. I do know how much they loved you… I am in constant touch with my love for you two, and it emerges at any given moment along with the greatest surge of pride and contentment the heart is capable of producing. You two miracles of individual character are the stuff of what makes parental life joyous and meaningfully fulfilled.
    Always with you two, I remain,
    Your adoring Aunt Sally.

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