Juliann passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at Sanford Health Palliative Care in Fargo at the age of 74.

Juliann Mears was born on September 13, 1936 on the family farm near Pleasant Lake, ND, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Wolf) Mears. She grew up in this area and attended country school. Juliann raised her siblings from a very early age and carried these care giving skills throughout her entire life. After her youngest sibling left home she moved to Fargo where she attended Beauty School. Juliann was united in marriage to Donald Draper on July 6, 1963. They made their home in Fargo where they raised their family. Donald passed away on October 15, 2005. Juliann had most recently made her home in River Square Apartments in Fargo.

Juliann is survived by her sons, Donald (Kim) Draper of West Fargo, ND; Darrel (Brenda) Draper of Fargo; 7 grandchildren - Jeremy, Heather, Alyssa, Jordyn, John, Jessica, and Jodi; and 2 great grandchildren - Jason and Isabella. Also surviving are her siblings, Joyce Hunt of Wapato, WA; Emery (Annette) Mears of Rolla, ND; Victor (Judy) Mears of Marshall, MN; and Simon (Pauline) Mears of Mesa, AZ; her sisters in law, Elaine Vogel and Marvel Draper; and her half brothers, Thomas, Robert, and Peter Mears. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Roxanne; her sisters, Leatha Mears and Jane Braaten; and her brother in infancy, Leonard Mears.

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  1. Fargo ND
    To the Draper family You have our sympathy for the loss of Julie. I was an acquaintance of Julie and knew her thru the Ben Franklin store in Fargo. Julie would visit often as a customer and to see her son Darrel, an employee. She always seemed to have a happy face and what I remember most from our many conversations was that she seemed to always be taking care of someone. Now is the time for you to “Rest in Peace”, for you have taken care of more than your share. Mac McNamara

  2. Barnesville MN
    To Kim & Don and family –
    We are so saddened to hear of your mothers passing. She loved all of you so and we know that you will her so much. She was a great lady, and the best Mom.
    We love you, Scott, Cindy, Kyle & Ryan

  3. Grandma Draper, I just wanted to send you this last note to tell you how much you mean to me and how much I will miss you. I love you like my own Grandma and will think about you everyday. Jason and Isabella will miss you so much. Please tell Grandpa about them when you see him. They are Jeremys pride and joy. Elizabeth misses you a lot you always made her feel so special. Kristian doesn’t understand. I hope I will become half as good a mother as you have been a Grandmother to the kids. I love you Grandma and I want you to know I will do my best to help the family and I’ll never leave Jeremys side. Rest in peace Grandma. This isn’t goodbye for I will see you later.

  4. Billings MTI have many fond memories of Juliann while I was growing up and I stand in awe of her ‘mothering’ her siblings, my cousins. I am grateful I was able to see her this last summer and have a great conversation with her. She is at peace now while being embraced by God.

  5. Woodlawn ILPraying for Juliann’s family during this time of loss. She was kind, considerate and patient with all those around her.
    Deeply missed and appreciative for the short amount of time I had to spend with her.
    Tom

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