Broderdorp, Julie Ann (Simmons) (November 11, 1940 - February 8, 2007)

Julie Ann Broderdorp

Douglas Budget - February 14, 2007

Funeral services for Julie Ann Broderdorp, 66, were held Feb. 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Douglas with Rev. Linda Wells officiating.

Because of her widespread network of friends and family, there will be two other services held in her honor. The second service is tentatively set for Feb. 17 at the Baptist Church in Hooker, Okla. A final memorial will be held at Saint Stephens Church in Wimberley, Texas, where her remains will be buried next to husband, Jack Neff, in Saint Stephens Cemetery. Julie's family and friends will do their best to keep folks apprised and informed of the date and time of the final service.

Julie Broderdorp of Douglas died Feb. 8, 2007, at her home after a valiant battle against cancer.

She was born Nov. 11, 1940, in White Deer, Texas. The daughter of Wallace and Esther(Clark)Simmons, who worked for the Dorchester Gas Company. Dorchester relocated the family in 1948, and Julie grew up in Hooker, Okla. A final move in 1957 landed her in Big Lake, Texas, where she graduated from Reagan County High School in 1959.

Julie left Big Lake to attend nursing school at the University of Texas in Austin. She met E.P. Wicker and they had two sons, Catrell and Bret. Her work career began with the Texas Attorney General's Office and later in the private sector as she advanced to become an Assistant Vice President with American Founders Life Insurance Company in Austin. She married Jack Neff in 1979, and they lived in Wimberley, until his death in 1992. Following a sister, Jenelle's prodding, she moved to Douglas in 1994. There she met and married Russ Broderdorp in 1995.

Among Julie's most prevalent qualities were, her love of sewing handicrafts, her determination and persistence to see things through despite circumstances, and her ability to form friendships wherever she lived. She maintained close ties from Wyoming to Texas.

Julie is survived by her husband, Russ of Douglas; sons, Catrell and wife Laurie Wicker, and Bret Wicker both of Austin; sisters, Gaynor and husband Stanley Mckinley and Jenelle and husband, Dwayne Hill both of Hooker; four-step-children; 14 step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial to the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center of Casper or the Settlement Home of Austin, Tex. would be appreciated by the family. Pallbearers will be the Sewing Group and the Lunch Group.

Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

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