Julie Marlene Poore, daughter of her beloved parents, Donald and Thelma (Hart) Poore, was born September 19, 1958 in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up attending Fort Des Moines United Methodist Church, where her love of ministry blossomed at a young age. She was a 1977 graduate of Lincoln High School, Des Moines. Julie earned her BA degree in Religion, Sociology, and Social Work from Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa, in 1981. She then received her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, in 1984. Julie was a graduate of the Spirations Institute (training in spiritual direction).
Julie was ordained a minister in the United Methodist Church in 1984 and served as a pastor in churches in Colorado, as well as many parishes in Iowa, including those in Randalia-Maynard-Westgate, Graettinger, Shell Rock, Clarksville, Hansell, West Fork, Granger, and Osceola.
She was involved in the following organizations: Native American Council, World Council of Churches, Iowa Women in Ministry, United Methodist Women, The Child Abuse Prevention Council, and enjoyed mentoring several clergy women. She also initiated a liturgical dance group. Julie was a member of Questers groups in Osceola and Des Moines, where she was currently President. In addition, she was a member of the Yoga Alliance and enjoyed her time as a yoga instructor. She served as leader on many youth mission trips and worked tirelessly to promote peace and justice, fostering goodwill among various cultures by welcoming, into her loving home, exchange students and citizens from Germany, Brazil, The Bahamas, and Colombia.
Above all else, Julie cherished being a mother to Lief and Patrick, and a grandmother to Asa and Aksel. She was thrilled to have “daughters,” Erica and Megan, added to the family circle. Julie showed kindness toward all Earth’s beings, brought an unmatched peace and calm to any space just by her presence, showed remarkable strength and optimism through any challenge life threw at her, and loved her family and friends with every ounce of her spirit. She blessed us all through her song, dance, Yoga, and truly lived the compassionate word of God and Jesus’ teachings that she shared through her strong faith as a pastor for the United Methodist Church.
Julie passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Taylor Hospice House, Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 59 years. She peacefully danced her way to heaven into the arms of her Mom and Dad. Now, she is free to visit the beach, ocean, and Anna Maria Island whenever she desires. Cancer may have taken her body, but her soul is ALIVE and well – embracing all those who knew and loved her with comforting angel wings. Her legacy lives on through each of us.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two sons, Lief Christensen (Erica) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Patrick Poore-Christensen (Megan) of St. Louis, Missouri and two grandchildren, Asa and Aksel Christensen. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce (Robert) Berkenes, Altoona, Iowa; niece, Tiffany Berkenes (Ryan), Des Moines; and nephew, Cory (Crystal) Berkenes and great-nieces, Elsie and Emerson Berkenes, Bondurant. She will be greatly missed by her Aunt Bev, German son, Robin; Brazilian sister, Amelia; Brazilian brother, Ricardo; many cousins and cherished friends, including her dear friend and “sister from another mother,” Jackie Riccio; and her crazy pet Schnauzer, Joey.
Visitation will be held Friday, November 10, at Merle Hay Funeral home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines from 5 to 8 p.m. Services will be held at Osceola United Methodist Church, 130 West Grant Street, Osceola, Iowa at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 11. Interment will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, 6501 Indianola Road, Des Moines.
Memorials may be given to the Osceola United Methodist Church or designated to the family for a foundation which is being developed in Julie’s name.