Julia Marie Gourley, 54, of Dubuque, left this world and went straight to Heaven peacefully on June 7, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loved ones.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Friends may call from 4 until 6 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, and from 9 until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Burial will take place at a later date.

Julia was born September 27, 1964, in Dubuque, daughter of Allen and Nancy (Jungk) Gourley. She attended Nativity School, Washington Junior High and Dubuque Senior High School, graduating in 1983. She was a delightful child who had lots of friends, and was an avid swimmer on the YMCA team for about eight years. After high school, she clerked at A.J. August. Later, she attended NICC, majoring in Marketing and Business while working at Burger King. She later went to Chicago and attended Burger King Managerial School, and worked in the Chicago area for several years.

Her life had a lot of ups and downs. After returning home, she worked as a nurse’s aide. She tried to befriend Bill W., but was not successful. She volunteered at numerous places, including Project Concern. In recent years, she waitressed mostly at Maid-Rite, where patrons there really enjoyed her and looked forward to seeing and joking with her.

For the past year-and-a-half, she battled lung cancer, but kept her sense of humor, joking and chatting with everyone. At the Wendt Center, they even suggested that she come and greet others as she had such a way with people.

Surviving are her twins, Benjamin Gourley and Brianna Gourley; her mother, Nancy Gourley; her sister, Kathy Meyer; her brothers, Arthur (Kenda) Gourley, William (Bonnie) Gourley and Timothy (Ann) Gourley; and her former brother-in-law, Steve Meyer; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Julia was preceded in death by her father, Allen Gourley; her brother, Leonard Gourley; her uncle, Thomas Jungk; and her aunt, Alice Smith-Weigman.

Julia’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center, Mercy Home Health, Medical Associates, the Wendt Center, Hillcrest IHH and Hospice of Dubuque. She had wonderful care and became close to a number of her caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the aforementioned agencies or to the Gourley Family Endowment Scholarship Fund at NICC.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.