Funeral Service

Time: 10.00am

Date: Tuesday 26th March 2024

Service Details:
Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St Mary's Church, Clayton-le-Moors followed by interment at Lee Lane Cemetery, Great Harwood.

Julie Anne Preston

On 13th march, 2024 Julie, aged 52 years, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family and ‘Fortified By The Rites Of Holy Mother Church’, of Great Harwood. The dearly loved and loving wife of Sean, cherished and devoted mum of Caitlin, Lauren and Ciaran, much loved sister of Garry and sister in law Angie. Also a much loved niece, cousin and daughter/sister-in-law . Requiescat in Pace.

Julie was brought up in Rishton by her parents, Alan and Carole Walmsley, and studied Psychology at Huddersfield University before completing her doctorate at Lancaster University. She then worked as a clinical psychologist for the local health service. Julie was passionate about her work and loved working with her colleagues, making many friends. She was a dedicated runner and member of Running4CF and took part in park runs, 10 km runs, half marathons and completed the London marathon twice. Her other hobbies included cooking and gardening, both of which she excelled in (her ice cream cake at Christmas was a must). Julie enjoyed many memorable family holidays to Turkey, Florida, France, Donegal and Kerry. At home, Julie was the most devoted and beautiful wife and mum, caring for her family and her precious cat Magic and Suki the Pug. She provided her children with a shoulder to lean on and good advice to guide them through life. She was also a sensitive and tactful friend who supported others through difficult times.

Donations are being gratefully received in Julie’s memory on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice. To make a donation please click the ‘Make A Donation’ button at the bottom of this page.

Please feel free to leave a message for Julie’s online memorial book by completing the form below.

    Michaela Allen Thompson

    Deepest sympathies to all the family. Saddened by the loss of a lifelong friend. Treasured memories from childhood to adulthood. Rest in peace Julie you will be forever missed ♥️

    Mark Fielding

    I know if love could have saved her she would have lived forever. RIP X

    Keith and Glenda Payne

    Julie will be remembered with love and fondness by everyone who knew her.  A beautiful kind caring lady who will be greatly missed.

    Lilly, Kelley Ansbro and family

    Kia kaha aroha nui xxx

    Ailsa Smith

    My heart breaks for you all. Julie was an amazing colleague and just a lovely person. The world can be a cruel place. The funeral was a beautiful send off for a beautiful lady x


    I am honoured to have called Julie one of my best friends for almost 30 years. Thank you for the endless chat, the emotional intelligence, the humour and the fun. Lovely to have heard about your wonderful family over the years and a privilege to have been there for you in any way that helped. I will miss you, my lovely friend.

    Madeline Haworth

    A beautiful soul i feel privlidged to have


    I feel honoured to have worked with Julie for over 22 years. She was a valued colleague & friend & I will miss her warm smile, compassion & kindness. Sending love to you all.

    Siobhan and Mike Backhouse and family

    Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories xx

    Andy  & Celia Dineen

    Heartbroken at the loss of our beautiful (inside and out), kind, gentle, humorous, multi talented, beloved daughter-in- law. Julie, we all loved you so much, will miss you so much, but will cherish precious memories, and will love you for ever. You were just `simply the best`. xxxx

    Siobhan Dineen

    Julie, we will miss you so much. We still can`t believe how cruelly & quickly you have been snatched away from us, leaving such a huge void in our family. We feel honoured and blessed to have been close to you and we will cherish many, many fond and loving memories of you, which at the moment bring tears to our eyes but which will, in time, bring a gentle smile to our faces. Heaven truly has gained an angel. We would especially like to thank the nurses for their exceptional care of Julie. xx


    We have just hared this very very sad news, I hope you rest in eternal peace. Our love gos out to your family  and friends  we are blessed to have had your support over the years  with some of our family and us , you  always went above and beyond , one of the most caring , loving lady’s we will ever know ,we thank you from the bottom  of our hearts ,and you will always  have a place within it.  Sleep tight beautiful lady.

    Anne, Luke & Matthew Parkington

    Heaven has gained the most beautiful Angel. We are so so very sorry to hear of Julie’s passing. She helped us through the most difficult time in our lives and we will never forget that or her.  We give you our love and prayers at this sad time.