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Julia Ann Horton
Julia Ann Horton
July 26, 1930 - Dec. 19, 2019
The longtime matriarch of Lawrence's Jewelers passed away peacefully Dec. 19. She was 89.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Perl Funeral Home, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford.
Ann, the daughter of Elsie and Arnel Butler, was born at Sacred Heart Hospital in 1930 and lived in Medford nearly all her life. She was a 1948 graduate of Medford High School and attended the University of Oregon.
In the 1950s she began working full-time at the family jewelry store, which was founded in downtown Medford by her grandfather, John Lawrence, in 1908. Ann later became co-owner with her brother Bob of the business that would be passed on to two of her sons and last more than 100 years.
In addition to being an avid reader and world traveler, Ann teamed with Larry, her husband of 53 years, to win many trophies in sailboat races up and down the West Coast. Ann also took up singing later in life and often performed for fellow residents at Horton Plaza.
Ann was a member of Zonta, PEO Sisterhood and the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.
Survivors include five sons — Craig (Jane) of Medford, Stan (Nancy) of Portland, Steve (Viola) of Portland, Chuck (Asia) of Medford, and Jerry (Jodi) of Gold Hill; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Husband Larry passed away in 2018.
The family wishes to thank all of Ann's wonderful caregivers and the very helpful staff at Horton Plaza.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society or a charity of your choice.
To Larry and the entire Butler-Horton Family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Ann was a special soul with an amazing laugh. I couldn't hear her laugh and not laugh too. My first memories of Ann were when my dad (Clifford E. Lewis), who was an accountant on East Main Street and we would walk up to Lawrence's to buy something nice for my mom (Emily Masterson Lewis-Knight). I remember Elsie and Ann working behind the counter, and both always being so sweet and kind. In my late teens and into my fiftieth year I got to know Ann as a PEO sister in Chapter BE. Ann's storytelling and her ability to be funny (even if she didn't always mean to be) were almost as endearing as her authenticity as what I would call a "real" person. Today when I first learned of her passing my eyes welled up with tears, but then I was able to imagine her beautiful smile and hear her tremendous laugh. Ann was a gift and I am grateful to have known her. Again, my sympathies to all of you.
Andrea Lewis-Polk Jan 30 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Julia Horton
Serina Jan 11 2020 12:00 AM