Surrounded by family, Julie Claire Lamb, 48, died in her St. Paul, Minn., home June 14, after a five-year fight with cancer. Julie was born Nov. 29, 1967, to Barbara (Axness) and Jerome Lamb at St. John's Hospital, Fargo, one block away from the family home. Born a month early, weighing less than four pounds, Julie immediately showed the determination she would display throughout her life. After graduating from Fargo South High in 1986, Julie attended Macalester College in St. Paul. She graduated in '90 with honors and degrees in math and sociology. She spent the next decade working in Federal Bankruptcy Court before becoming a teacher. Julie taught math at Johnson High School in St. Paul from 2000 until her health forced her to take off this last year. In teaching she found her calling and new friends in colleagues. Most of all, she loved the students and the experience they shared as they both learned about math and themselves. At home, Julie was an avid reader when not watching movies, which honed her skills to write comical screenplays for family readings at Christmas. As dedicated as she was to work, she was devoted to her family and enjoyed their visits as well as her returns to the cabin at Fox Lake, Minn., and the family home in Fargo. Cancer claimed Julie's life far too early, but the loving memories she left with family, friends and students lives on. She died as she lived, with quiet, caring grace. She is survived by her mother, Barbara and brother John (Sam Gust), of Fargo, sister Suzanne (Ed) Steinhauer, brother Paul (Megan Conley), and three nephews, Henry, Frank and Joseph Steinhauer, all of St. Paul. She is preceded in death by her father Jerome Lamb and infant brother William. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 28, at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, with a visitation at 1 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your local Hospice organization or Open Arms of Minnesota.

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  1. I am very sorry for your loss. Although I did not know your loved one personally, I hope knowing that they are in our loving heavenly Father’s memory will bring your family comfort during this difficult time. Very soon now we can look forward to God’s promise at a Revelation 21:4: “… Death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore, the former thing gave passed away.”

  2. Dear Barbara, my prayers and sympathy are with you and your family. A wise woman told me once that there is no greater sadness than to bury your children. May you be sustained at this time of loss. To plagiarize and paraphrase her Dad, “Tinkle bell, rattle drum, ope’ heaven’s gates, Julie’s come.” May she rest in peace.

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