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Julia Carol Adkins Hieronymus, 58, handled life’s challenges with graceful resilience

Julia Carol Adkins Hieronymus

WILMINGTON — Look up there…she’s in heaven. Julia Carol Adkins Hieronymus, 58, went peacefully to be with the Lord Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, surrounded by her loving family and care team.

Julie was born in Burlington to Jim and Susie Adkins. After graduating from UNCW in 1986, where she earned degrees in English and psychology, Julie had fallen in love with the beach and her future husband, George, and decided to call Wilmington her home.

She raised a beloved family and held a technical writing career that lasted over 30 years. While she lived in Wilmington until her passing, Julie’s favorite city to spend time in was London.

In addition to the coast, Julie enjoyed family get-togethers, her granddaughter, Ava, who she adored, North Carolina State Wolfpack, participating in the Wilmington film industry as an extra multiple times; British history; music of the 60s, 70s and 80’s – Jammin’ 99.9 forever on her radio; reading books, particularly about her favorite artists, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney; and ravaging Harris Teeter shelves with her coupon expertise.

Leaving behind a legacy of kindness, patience and positivity, Julie handled life’s challenges with graceful resilience. Despite bearing four bouts of cancer and eventually a terminal diagnosis of ALS, she held hope in her heart, wore a bright smile on her face and kept those around her in constant laughter. She never gave up or changed her selfless, kind demeanor. And she never once strayed from her faith. She left this earth as Hurricane Isaias was approaching. The name means “God is my Salvation.”

Julie was preceded in death by her husband, George Hieronymus; and father, Jim Adkins.

She is survived by her children, Hunter Hieronymus of Wilmington and Magge Hieronymus of Long Beach, California; granddaughter, Ava Hieronymus of Hampstead; mother, Susie Adkins of Wilmington; sister, Ginny Rogan of Wilmington; lifelong best friends, Gina Stone of Burlington, and cousin, Jeannie Cottle Melville, of Harrells; and extended family of wonderful nieces , nephews, cousins and in-laws.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, on the lawn at Watha United Methodist Church, 160 Camp Kirkwood Road, Watha. Lawn chairs are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Pretty in Pink Breast Cancer Foundation, 5171 Glennwood Ave. #360, Raleigh, NC 27612; or to the ALS Association, NC Chapter, 4 N. Blount St. #200, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Share online condolences with the family at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home.

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