Mrs. Julie Ann Low

  • Born: September 12, 1949
  • Died: February 28, 2015
  • Location: Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Land Cremation Society

917 S. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel. (217) 523-4646

Tribute & Message From The Family

Julie Ann Low, 65, of Springfield, passed away at 12:32 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center.

Julie was born September 12, 1949 in Newport News, VA, the daughter of Ralph and Mildred (Largent) Schwab. She married Thomas W. Low on September 30, 1978 in Champaign-Urbana.

Julie was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from the U of I in French and a master's degree from UIS in English. She was employed at UIS for 10 years as a Technical Writer and taught English online. She was previously employed with Horace Mann. Julie enjoyed writing, interior design, decorating, and traveling with her husband, especially to Sedona, AZ, California and Europe. Julie traveled and lived for a time in Iran and Saudi Arabia. She was a member of a local writers group in Springfield and was given creative writing awards from the Writer's Association of Springfield. Julie was known for being a wonderful and generous person.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ralph Schwab.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas W. Low of Springfield; two daughters, Kathy (husband, John) Deters of Easton, IL and Brittany Low of Sahaurita, AZ; four grandchildren, Taylor Bodine, Jauni and Tegan Deters, and Melody Niblett; two siblings, Dana Emert of San Diego, CA and Arlene (husband, Joseph) Tokarz of Los Angeles, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

Celebration of Life: The family will host a Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. at Country Place Club House, 230 Country Place, Springfield.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Tom, Kathy, and Brittany,
I was so saddened to learn of your loss. Julie was uniquely talented. She was both an excellent writer and copy editor, as well as an outstanding publication designer. The two talents rarely are combined in the same person. Through her talents, Julie made significant contributions to the university. I particularly appreciated her making our re-accreditation documents in 1997 and 2001 publications we could be really proud of.
I very much enjoyed working with Julie and my thoughts go out to each of you.
-Harry Berman

Posted by A friend   March 09, 2015

So sorry to hear of your loss. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Christine Woodrum - Winchester, IL   March 07, 2015

Tom, Kathy and Brittany,
We are sorry to hear of Julie's passing. She was a giving and strong lady. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Posted by Mark and Cathy Tomlin - Virden, IL   March 07, 2015


Week after week Julie transported our writing group into another world of her creating. Now, her gentle and generous soul has begun its own eternal journey. Bon voyage Julie, as you "plunge into the sea of light in the world of mysteries!"

Posted by Nancy Flood - Springfield, IL - Friend   March 06, 2015

Julie's courage and fortitude were a lesson to us all. The last few years I had the privilege of listening to her read excerpts from the novel she was writing, which I believe is complete and almost ready for publication. Such a gentle, spiritual soul. She'll be missed. My condolences to Tom and their children.

Posted by Patricia Martin - Springfield, IL - Friend   March 06, 2015


There are no words, there are just no words. I loved Julie, I love her memory, I miss her.

Posted by Vicki Bamman - Springfield, IL - friend   March 05, 2015


I met Julie and got to talk to her several times back in the 70's. She is my forever friend's (Dana) sister. My first impression of her at around 12 years old...a real princess! She had beautiful long brown hair and a wonderful smile...very animated I remember. When she told me she had been to Saudi Arabia, I thought she must be a very brave and unique individual to travel that far! I'm happy to share these memories and know she made a lasting impression on me so many years ago. My thoughts and prayers go out to all. With love..

Posted by Kelly Daker - Bonney Lake, WA   March 04, 2015


Prayers are with your Family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Jerry and Theresa Jordan - Englewood, FL   March 04, 2015


I am so sorry for the loss of Julie and all of my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. I didn't know Julie; but, I know Dana, her sister, and she was so proud of Julie. Dana spoke of her in such high regard and it is so sad that she has passed. But now she is in peace.

Posted by Patricia Buechele - Pana, IL - friend of Dana Emert, sister   March 04, 2015