Like a lightning strike out of a clear sky, Julia Krogh died unexpectedly at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, on September 27, 2016. She was born to Sarah and James Bell in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on July 21, 1921.
Julia and her brother, William Bell, were raised by Sarah, a strong widow who herself had been raised by a strong widow and Julia's namesake.
After completing high school in Norman, Julia attended the University of Oklahoma where she developed her lifelong devotion to the Sooners. During her school years, Julia was known as an ambitious girl with a ready smile and a solidly-virtuous fondness for sailors.
Julia worked for the telephone company and as a middle school teacher before moving to California's Mojave Desert during the post-WWII boom.
During this period, she worked as a bookkeeper and (fortunately for her future generations) met the love of her life and (of course) a handsome sailor, Howard Krogh, at China Lake, California. In 1949, they were married in Las Vegas, Nevada. They spent the next 65 years together, residing for long stretches in Sunnyvale, California, and Austin, Texas.
Julia traveled and set up households for Howard and herself across the country before settling down to raise family. She was a strong bowler and Life Master at bridge.
Julia and Howard enjoyed holidays in Las Vegas and Reno - she could spend half a day playing slots on 35 cents (her self-imposed limit). She was frugal, yet generous with family, especially her grandchildren.
Julia was preceded in death by her parents, brother William, and husband Howard.
She is survived by her daughter Holly Krogh, son-in-law Ross Whitwam, grandkids Alex and Henrietta, and several nieces and a nephew: Kathie Hess, Joyce Bell, Phyllis Owens, Shirley Maddox, Sharon Pearson, Judie Doonan, Bill Hastings, Glenna Nyegaard, and Sherrill Ware.
The family is thankful for the care provided by the wonderful staff at Querencia in Austin where Julia spent the last 2 years of her life mourning Howard and recovering from multiple strokes like an energizer bunny with a rollator.
A family service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday July 22, 2017 at the family plot in Whitebead Hill Cemetery in Oklahoma.
The family finds solace in the knowledge that not only will Julia and Howard be together for eternity, but also that heaven holds a Nordstrom where Julia has perpetual credit and personal shoppers (whom she always did think were angels).
Published on July 21, 2017