Julie Lynn Burrell, 1963-2006

Julie Lynn Burrell was born in Houston, Texas on July 16, 1963. She died April 25, 2006. Julie is survived by her parents, Thomas G. "Gil" and Kathryn "Katy" Burrell; her brother, John and wife, Joyce Burrell, and niece Mandy, of Manor, Texas; her uncle, Ed Grimm and wife, Ellen Park of Sinton, Texas; special friends, Teresa Pegarari of Covina, California, Steve Craddock of Austin, and numerous other friends and musicians.

She attended Pilgrim Lutheran School in Houston; Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin, and Junior and Senior High School in Manor. She held various "day jobs" during her lifetime, but her big love was music. At age 12, she composed the hymn "Let Him Reign" that is published in the Episcopal Hymnal. Julie has studied the piano since age seven and is fluent in symphonic arranging, as well as any style of music from Rock to Jazz. The Austin City Council proclaimed June 9 as Julie Burrell Day, every year. In 1993/1994 the Austin Chronicle named Julie "Best Jazz Act." In 1997 the Austin Chronicle chose Julie "Best Jazz Vocalist". Julie moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and continued to perform and released a new CD entitled "Juliejazz". Ms. Burrell was hired by Quincy Jones to write jingles for the City of Long Beach for their tourism theme, and by SKY VODKA to do four jingles for them as well. Last but not least, Ms. Burrell was chosen Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the City of Long Beach Jazz Search, defeating over six hundred singers.

She returned to Texas on September 14, 2005, and has since been working on her house and teaching piano lessons. A memorial service was held in her honor on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at New Sweden Lutheran Church, 12809 New Sweden Church Rd., Manor, Texas 78653. Other than flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Sweden Lutheran Church or the Lone Star Eye Bank of Texas, both of Manor.

Edited from a message sent by Tammy Malone

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