Julia Frances Boone, 69, transitioned this earthly life on Friday (May 19, 2017) in Houston, Texas, after a brave and fearless battle with cancer.
Julia's battle began in 2012 and in just under one year, she'd slayed the monster and enjoyed two years of blissful remission.
However, in 2014, the cancer returned. Having a full understanding of her diagnosis, and that defeating it again would be a war, Julia relocated to Houston, Texas, to receive treatment at the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the largest cancer treatment centers in the world. MD Anderson has been working to eliminate cancer for more than seven decades.
Julia was blessed to have received care from physicians who treat more rare cancers in a single day than most physicians see in a lifetime.
Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love, support and prayers of family and friends carried her through three more years of grueling chemotherapy and recovery. Ever the warrior, Julia even participated in clinical trials in state-of-the-art patient care and research in treating the most aggressive cancers and tumors. She did this so that women, particularly African-American women, diagnosed with myeloma could benefit from the research and hopefully overcome the disease and prevent recurrence.
Julia was born Aug. 5, 1947; she was the fourth child born to Alphonso and Annie Rebecca Dirden of Fairmont, who proceeded her in death.
As a child, Julia possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness.
Julia graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1965 and relocated to Los Angeles, to study stenography. She returned to Fairmont and worked with Monongahela Power Co. and City National Bank. Julia returned to school to study cosmetology and earned both her degree and license to perform in the profession in 1978.
As a licensed cosmetologist, Julia spent her days making women look and feel beautiful on the inside and the outside. She served as a master stylist and manager with the JC Penny Styling Co. for more than 10 years. In 1994, Julia opened her own salon, Added Attractions Salon, located in Fairmont. She closed the salon in 2002 and went to work with Mylan Pharmaceuticals until 2012.
With a real zest for life, Julia loved to dance (albeit sometime all by herself!), to journal and to read. She really enjoyed singing, having performed with the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Terrestrial Choir, and was a soloist with the FYE Choir for many years.
She loved to pray, bowl, play games/cards and watch movies - especially with her grandchildren - loved chat with friends and family and served in her church.
Julia is survived by her siblings, Carolyn Yvonne Blackman Horton (Frank), Patricia Elise Blackman Smith (Gurtis), William Lewis Dirden, Jamele Antoinette Dirden Finney (Willie); her children, Rebecca Lynne Dirden Swindle (Earl), Paul David Boone (Christine), Phillip Anthony Boone; her grandchildren, April Renee Wells, Annie Marie Boone, Kevin Mose Boone, Zane Christian Mattingly, Jarrett Zion Mattingly; nieces and great-nieces, Monica Horton Knuckles (Benoni), Renee Horton Harley (Holman), Frances Louise Horton Floyd (Tony), Cheryl Denise Smith Davis (Abraham), Charity Antoinette Finney Jones (Jay), Celia Andreanna Finney, Namaudie Uchenna Harley, Zindzi Imani Harley, Stephanie Lenee Horton, Ashley Nicole Roberts, Bryleigh Lenee Tull, Avalon Madison Dirden; and nephews and great-nephews, Bruce Alon Dirden, Franklin Lewis Knuckles (Jacqueline), Emmett Benoni Knuckles, Zamaud Malike Harley, Devin Tyrese Horton, Jayaun Josiah Sweeney and Marvel Jackson Knuckles.
There will be an evening of remembrance beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, and Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. Wednesday May 31, at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, located 135 Maple Ave., Fairmont.
Pallbearers include: Mr. Barry Drake, Mr. Fred Bluford, Mr. Spencer Powell, Mr. Holman Harley Jr., Mr. Haggar Rally Horton and Mr. Terry Meeks. Honorary Pallbearers include Mr. Jarrett Zion Mattingly, Mr. Zane Christian Mattingly and Mr. Kevin Mose Boone.
Julia will be interned at the Grandview Memorial Park and Mausoleum, located at 93 Grandview, Fairmont. A luncheon reception for the family and close friends will be held immediately following the Celebration of Life service and internment at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
The family is deeply indebted for the outpouring of love, prayers and support from too many people to name individually.
For more information, please call: Domico Funeral Home, located at 414 Gaston Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554, at 304-363-2570.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.
Published on May 22, 2017