Julie, as she preferred to be called, was born November 5, 1932, in the small copper mining town of Alamo, Nevada. Her parents were Ray Kingsland and Edith Knight Kingsland. By trade Julie was a banker. She worked at a bank in Farmington, N.M. for several years, In the early 60's she and Edith moved to Artesia. Julie went to work for First National Bank in Artesia as a bookkeeper. Many in Artesia will remember the old double post NCR machines before the era of the computer. Later she managed loan records and collateral files in the Bank's loan vault. Julie retired in the early 90's and enjoyed the peace and solitude of her later years. One of her great passions was baseball. It was not unusual for her to take a week of vacation every year to stay home and watch the World Series beginning to end on TV. Julie was a member of the LDS church.
Julie was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters. She is survived by her brother in law, Jerry Clay of Springville, UT; two nephews Jerald Paul Clay of Taylorsville, UT and David Lynn Clay of Salt Lake, UT; seven grand nephews and 2 grand nieces, all of which were near and dear to Julie.
Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Thursday, Jan 24, 2019, at Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia.
My father, Vernon Watson, was very fond of Julie as a fellow employee at the First National Bank. He called her "Judy" and she called him "Verla." After Dad retired, Julie continued sending Christmas cards to my parents, addressing them to "Verla" & Mildred Watson. The first time I met Julie was on the phone when I called to let her know Dad had passed away. After that, I called her every year before Christmas to chitchat. I was saddened to lose contact with her when she moved to Roswell. She was a loving, caring sweetheart. I am grateful for the kindness she showed to my parents, and I will always remember her fondly.
Greg WatsonRidgecrest, CA
Julie was my friend. My earliest recollection of her was when I was just a kid. She ironed for my Mother and I always went in to her house to get the shirts. She had a snack for me and something funny to play with. I later worked with Julie at First National Bank. She still treated me so special. Always my friend. She loved for me to bring my boys over to play with her dogs. Again she always had Dr. Pepper and a snack for them. A true friend.
Ronnie JacksonArtesia, NM
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort .
Mary PerezHobbs, NM
Julie was my aunt's roommate their at Casa Maria until my aunt moved to Az. She was a very lovely lady that enjoyed talking about Artesia Bulldog sports with my uncle. She had remarkable memory and really enjoyed when we went to visit my aunt. So sorry to hear of her passing away I always said I needed to go by and see Julie but I failed to go by to visit. Rest in peace Julie.
Virginia RamirezArtesia, NM