In Loving Memory of Julie Ann Whitney Kuhn

In loving memory of Julie Ann Whitney Kuhn – June 17, 1958 to June 28, 2006

Julie Passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on June 28, 2006 at the young age of 48. Preceded in death by her father, Roger. Survived by her mother Cathy Whitney and partner Linda Killick, her brother Paul Whitney, sister Sue (Rick) Sander, her beloved sons Matthew and Walter and their father Kevin Kuhn, her niece Natasha Whitney, and companion Phil Hildenbrand.


A teacher at the Discovery Tree School on I Street, Julie was loved by kids and parents alike.  She was playful with a wonderful laugh, a warm smile and a responsible mind.  In addition to caring for children, she was also a professional mentor to new teachers.

Born on  June 17, 1958 in Sacramento, Julie graduated from Encina High School in 1976 and eventually  relocated to the Santa Cruz area where she and her husband raised their family. Her interest in children and their well-being led her to earn her AA degree in Early Childhood Education. At the time of her death she was pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree.

In 2001, Julie returned to Sacramento to be closer to her family and friends. Her love of singing drew her to the Unitarian Universalist Society Choir, where she sang joyously alongside her mother and Linda.

Julie was also a member of the Karma Addicts, her extended musical family on the Georgetown Divide, who include childhood friend Kim Culver Taylor and husband Mike, Phil Hildenbrand, Drew and Monica Woodall, Kieran Martin, Katherine Mason, Michelle Taylor, Andrew Taylor, Emily and Asha Woodall.

Shortly before Julie passed away, eight of the Karmas traveled to the island of Hawaii for a week camping at a jungle retreat.  It was an experience that they now cherish for the time and camaraderie they got to share with Julie.

Julie loved a good game of scrabble, rain on rooftops, dictionaries, yoga, Alejandro Escovedo and Patty Griffin songs. She had style and taste in the most understated way.

We will all miss her thoughtful nature, her hugs, and her Stan Laurel smile.
A memorial service to celebrate Julie’s life was held Saturday, July 8th, 2006 at 1:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 2425 Sierra Blvd, Sacramento.

“It’s All Good” -Julie

Live Happily Ever Now is a website inspired by the wonderful life and memories I shared with my Mom Julie. It is my purpose to live, and is a daily reminder of how to live happily. This is my promise to keep her alive. I will no longer live a little, but instead follow my passions and dreams, instead of waiting until after ever after. She will always be with me, and I feel her in the rhythms of life day in and day out. Look for a big smile on my face as I choose to live happily! Cheers to you sweet Mama, and Live Happily Ever Now!

Me and My Sweet Mama in Santa Cruz, CA

Memorial Interpretation of the Tattoo My Mom Was Going to Get

Looking at the Ocean and Living Happily Ever Now, San Diego, CA