Her sisters said she never raised her voice or made a bad comment about anyone.
But Julie Moore fought cancer before dying Tuesday at age 56. She was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago.
“She was a fighter,’’ sister Patty Heaston said. “Throughout her illness, her smile and enthusiasm never wavered.’’
Moore was No. 10 of 11 children, eight of whom are girls. She loved teaching, coaching volleyball and her large extended family.
Another sister, Lauretta Simon, said it was gut-wrenching for the family to watch the toll the disease took on their sister. But she never complained.
“She just loved life,’’ she said. “She had a great life.’’
Moore taught at St. Thomas More grade school for 13 years and at Mary Our Queen for 17. She was teaching her fifth-grade class half days up until Jan. 10.
“Julie embodied everything good and kind and fun. She helped her students see their own beauty and, just as importantly, to see beauty in others as well,’’ Mary Our Queen Principal Maureen Hoy said. “She was one of a kind. You would have wanted your own child to have her as a teacher.’’
Moore coached volleyball at St. Thomas More, Mary Our Queen and Duchesne and for the Premier club program.
She never married, but niece Ryan Boyd said she was a mom to many, especially to her 23 nieces and nephews. Boyd said Moore always made a point to teach her students to be caring and kind.
“She was full of life and always positive,’’ Boyd said. “She was an inspiration and example to others of how to face adversity with grace.’’
Members of the family are huge Creighton basketball fans, and Moore was able to attend a few games this season.
Three years ago, Creighton player Isaiah Zierden wore her name on his jersey as part of Creighton’s Pink-Out against cancer event, and he had kept in contact with her since.
Zierden sent her a video of support from Portugal, where he is playing professional basketball. “I’m praying for that miracle,’’ he said.
Moore is survived by siblings Bill Moore, Teri Moore, Tom Moore, Mary Kovar, Shayla Liebentritt, Susan Clement, Patty Heaston, Colleen Moore, Lauretta Simon and John Moore; 23 nieces and nephews; and 21 grandnieces and grandnephews.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St., followed by a rosary at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mary Our Queen, with interment at Calvary Cemetery.