Sunday, August 21, 2016

Obituary - Julia Consalus

Julia Consalus
Julia Ann (Atkins) Consalus, 88, died peacefully on August 17, 2016 at The Stuart House in Centralia, Missouri. She was born April 8, 1928 in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Charles Wesley Atkins and Margaret (Whitsett) Atkins. The family moved to Clinton in the 1930's, and Julie remained there until 2007 when her health forced a move to be nearer her children.

Julia Ann graduated valedictorian from Clinton High School in 1946. During her college years at the University of Central Missouri, she was a member and national officer of Sigma Sigma Sigma social fraternity, was elected homecoming queen, and in 1950, was selected to receive the Charno Award for the most outstanding senior woman.

Julia Ann taught for 18 years in the Clinton Public Schools and was a lifelong member and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Clinton. In the church, Julia Ann was active in the choir and in Presbyterian Women and, in 1991, was a delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA. Professionally, she was a member of Kappa Omicron Pi, a Home Economics fraternity, and Delta Kappa Gamma, a sorority for women educators. Her college continued to hold an important place in her life as she received her Master's Degree in Home Economics in 1969, served on the UCM Alumni Board, the UCM Foundation Board and the KMOS/KCMW Advisory Board. In the community, she enjoyed membership in P.E.O. and DAR and, in 1986, served as the general chairman of the Clinton Sesquicentennial Celebration.

On June 9, 1950, Julia Ann married Eugene Russell Consalus, who preceded her in death in 2007. They were parents of four children, all of whom survive: Susan (Lewis) Miller of Boonville, Mo., Karen (Ed) Price of Sunrise Beach, Mo., Linda (Mike) Sharp of Greenville, South Carolina, and John (Liz) Consalus of Springfield, Mo. Also surviving are a sister, Virginia Atkins Lynd of Prairie Village, Kansas, grandchildren, James (Emily) Price, Eric (Hayley) Martin, Christopher Consalus, Abigail (Chris) Imming, Andrew (Mayeli) Price, and Matthew Sharp; and great-grandchildren, Jillian and Cooper Price and Claire Imming.

Interment will be private. A Celebration of Life Reception will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., at the Henry County Museum DeLozier Building, northwest corner of the Clinton Square. The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church or the UCM Foundation.