Julie Ann Darling Piper

  • Born: June 5, 1952
  • Died: December 5, 2020
  • Location: Bangor, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Julie Ann Darling Piper, of Bangor and formerly of Marshall, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

Julie was born June 5, 1952 at Community Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Francis Terry "Jack" and Joyce Elaine (Taylor) Darling. She grew up in Marshall and was a 1970 graduate of Marshall High School. She worked in finance her entire career, retiring from Hi Lex America in 2018. She was previously employed at State Farm Insurance, Transamerica Insurance, and then at Hi Lex America.

On September 12, 1970, Julie married her first husband, Robert Eugene Beals, with whom she had her two beautiful daughters, Melissa and Lisa.

At the 12th hour, on the 12th day, on the 12th month in the year of 1998, in honor of her mother's birthday, Julie married Scott Alan Piper and extended her family with his daughters, Rachel, Erin, and Amber.

Julie spent her life, serving the Lord Jesus and her family was one of her highest priorities. Julie and her husband, Scott, built their first house together with the help of family and friends. Julie was proud of organizing the build, stained all the wood, and helped install all of the electrical (with the help of a master electrician of course). They recently had a house fire; she organized and redesigned the house while going through chemotherapy. She was very active in her grandchildren's lives. She enjoyed watching their sports, always asked how school was going, and spent as much time with them as possible.

She was an excellent speller, swimmer, and dancer. Julie was a member of the square dance club, The Wagon Wheels in the 1970's and 1980's. Scott and Julie loved to dance together. They often struggled with lead, but she allowed Scott the lead most of the time. Julie was a very good at playing the flute, and her youngest daughter, Amber, played the same flute in the Otsego Band. Julie was the secretary and active in the Otsego Band Boosters. She has always been an active member in church and loved Jesus. She always enjoyed playing the bells in church services. With her husband, Scott, Julie was active in the Western Days Ministries. Julie loved animals, especially her dogs. Chief was her favorite dog and he was her little angel.

Another love of hers was riding motorcycles and traveling together, especially with Jane and Jerry Drewyor. Julie and Scott enjoyed camping. In 2019, they were able to take their last vacation together to see their daughter, Erin, in Scotland and Norway. While in Norway, they were able to spend five days camping and hiking. She hiked up three miles to the most picturesque view in Norway, Snøhetta, Mountain.

Surviving are her husband Scott; daughters, Melissa Sue (Scott) Bates, Lisa Marie Jones, Rachel Piper, Erin (Matt) Shott, Amber (Seth) Neal: Grandchildren, Kody Beals, Kaylie Bates, Loren Bates, Leilani Jones, Tristen Jones; a sister, Kathleen Cook; two brothers, Rodney (Patricia) Darling, John C. (Lourdes) Darling; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families. Julie was preceded in death by her parents, Francis Terry and Joyce Elaine Darling.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Friday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Battle Creek, MI, where a service to celebrate Julie's life will be held at the 12th hour, on the 12th day, on the 12th month in the year of 2020. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the service is limited to 25 persons. A private committal service will be held at Lyon Lake Cemetery in Fredonia Township. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/488279020 or you may also view it on the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ella Foundation or the Battle Creek VA Medical Center Recreation Fund. Personal remembrances or messages for Julie's family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.