Julia L. (Pankau) Hodson
Life as we know it ended on July 21, 2013 with the death of Julia L. “Julie” Hodson. An avid supporter of the performing arts and inveterate traveler, Julie visited 49 states, more than 30 countries and all 7 continents.
Julie was born in Seattle, the elder daughter of the Honorable James W. Hodson and Grace Hess Hodson. She was educated in Seattle schools, Forest Ridge Convent and graduated from Bellevue High School. Following high school she attended Colorado College and graduated from the University of Washington. She completed her legal education through a work/study program.
For the last 20+ years her passion was her service as a Certified Professional Guardian. She was also a self-described “community servant”, serving in numerous organizations.
Julie was preceded in death by both parents, and by her youngest son, Carl Mathew Pankau. She is survived by sons Gregory A. Pankau (and wife Mariana) of Bothell, WA, and Keith A. Pankau of Langley WA, daughters Laura K. Crook (and husband Dan) of Wellston, OK, and Judith L. DeValdez of Freeland WA. Eleven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, a sister, Elizabeth “Betsy” Dare in England and a niece, Elizabeth “Zeb” Dare also in England. And her loyal companion – her cat Lucie.
A Christian Vigil service will be held at Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor on Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Coupeville on Friday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville, followed by a reception in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Island County, PO Box 2279, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 or Small Miracles (Coupeville Emergency Medical Support Fund) PO Box 912, Coupeville, WA 98239.
Care was entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and offer condolences using the Memory Book found at www.wallinfuneralhome.com.