Julie Christine Smith, 50, of Taylorville passed away at 7:00a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in her mother’s home.  She was born on October 7, 1969 in Springfield, the daughter of Virgil Nelson Smith Jr. and Patricia (Santarelli) Smith.  Julie loved the outdoors, especially camping, fishing, and spending time with her friends at the lake.  She was a caring person, especially to her family but also to animals.  She had a love for animals and cared for countless pets throughout her lifetime. 

Julie is survived by her son: Patrick Emmerling of Taylorville; mother: Pat Vogel of Taylorville; sisters: Justine Smith (fiancée Bob Churchill) of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jolene Lamb (Michael) of Taylorville; niece: Ellie Reber; nephews: Brandon Reber, Nic Reber, and Zac Adams; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Julie will be cremated, and her family will host a celebration of life at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is serving Julie’s family.  Memories of Julie, or condolences to the family, may be left online at

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