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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Oh Jules, my Northern friend, how I am going to miss you! My deepest sympathies to Scott, your Children and grandchildren, your family. You were so true to your beliefs and loyal in your loves. Your family was everything with God being first. You are going to be missed greatly - your smile, your gentle and loving spirit, your thoughtfulness. Your passing has left a large void in many lives. You fought a good fight and now you are reaping the rewards of the life you lived. Rest my sweet friend. Your Southern Friend - Barb

Posted by Barbara Adkins - North Augusta, SC - Friend   December 20, 2020

So sorry to hear of Julie's passing. I remember playing at her parents house on Lyon Lake as kids. Many fun memories.
Dana (Smith) Dubnicka

Posted by Dana Dubnicka - Augusta, MI - Friend   December 16, 2020

We first met Julie when we came home on leave and she was already the beautiful, loving wife of our cousin Scott. She was such a kind, sweet, caring soul. The last time I saw her was two years ago while visiting. She asked all about my kids, my husband and myself. Wanting to know how we were all doing. That's is how she was. Always loving, putting others first and caring about other people. Never once did she mention her health problems. I did not ask about her turbine she was wearing but I had my concerns and began to pray for her. I am so happy that Julie came into my cousin Scott's life and the girls lives. I am glad that she became a part of our family. We are all better for humans after meeting and talking with her. The love for her family and the lord was infectious. She will be missed her in her earthly body. But she is at peace now. Healthy, happy and watching down over all of us with the lord. You have our love, ❤, prayers and condolences . Please reach out to us if you need anything. We love you all. Sharon & family

Posted by Randy, Sharon & Kids Sult - Milton, FL - Family   December 12, 2020

I will always remember her infectious smile and love of her family. Gone too soon but glad she is now at peace. Hugs and prayers. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Posted by Jackie Tucker (Ariss) - Marshall, MI - Family Friend   December 12, 2020

SO sad to hear of Julie's passing. I love the photo that shows her radiant smile. She was a memorable participant in the LeClear Connection classes where she met Scott! My heart goes out to you all as I am sure she will be sorely missed.

Posted by Laura LeClear - Richland, MI - friend   December 12, 2020

I met Julie as we worked elections together at Waverly Township. There was a instant bond between the two of us.
I was able to get her interested in quilting. We spent time together working on a special quilt and was able to finish it before she went to be with her Lord.
I will miss you Julie and will love you forever

Posted by Judy Lampen - Paw Paw, MI - Friend   December 11, 2020

I am saddened to hear about Julie's recent passing. Our families enjoyed many good times together when she and Bob were married. Sending my condolences.

Posted by Stephanie Hayes - Rockford, MI - Family Friend   December 11, 2020

We are very sorry to hear of Julie's passing and have opted to stay home at this time. Our prayers are with you, Scott, and our door is always open.

Posted by Joe & Michelle Ritsema - Paw Paw, MI - Friend   December 10, 2020

Oh julie. I just found you again. Im so sorry. I will miss you forever.

Posted by Barb Marsell - Friend   December 10, 2020

Scott and family.... Julie was an amazing woman! She always had a smile for me and loved us visiting when she worked the bakery at Meijer. My heart cries for you all. But we all know we will see her again! God Bless and you are all in our prayers.

Posted by Kathryn Dennis - Kalamazoo, MI - Friend   December 09, 2020

Scott and family, we are sad to hear of Julie's passing. Our prayers are with you. Russ and Linda Commissaris

Posted by Russ & Linda Commissaris - Kalamazoo, MI - Friend   December 09, 2020

Julie was a Godly friend to me and to so many others. I rarely got to spend time with her but when I did it was rich in wisdom. She was kind and gracious and I will miss her.
We saw right away that Julie's influence was profound on our friend Scott. When they drove down to visit us in GA, Scott actually called to let us know when they would arrive! Haha I knew that the phone call was his new beautiful wife's suggestion and he wisely called us.
Scott and Julie were a team and an example of a "knitted together" marriage.
We are thankful we got to know Julie and to spend time with her and Scott.

Posted by Rosalie Townsend - Tucker, GA - Family   December 09, 2020

Hugs and prayers for Julie's family. She was an awesome person. Attended Bush School with her and played with her and Kathy at their lake home with our cousins. Those were fun days. From what I understand she had a lot to do with organizing the Bush School Reunions. My Dad, Uncle Homer and Aunt Leona really enjoyed that first one. Thank you Julie, you made good use of your short time here. R.I.P., you will be dearly missed.

Posted by Clara EDWARDS - BURLINGTON, MI - Friend   December 09, 2020

Love Hugs and Prayers to Scott and his family. May you find peace in your memories of this Amazing woman. So Blessed to have known Julie.

Posted by Deana Lamanuzzi - Bellevue, MI - Acquaintance   December 09, 2020

I am so sorry Scott you are all in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Marianne Heikkila - Battle Creek, MI   December 09, 2020

Such good memories of our past dinners together at Captain Lueys. We are so sorry to hear of Julie's battle with cancer. Such a great person. Heavens gain, our loss, until we meet again. Our sincere sympathy.

Posted by Ann McKinstry - Richland, MI - Friend   December 09, 2020

Michael and I are so sorry for your loss and we are thinking of you all during this time and always.

The Seeley's

Posted by Jen Seeley - Bellevue, MI - Friend   December 09, 2020

We are sorry for your loss . We enjoyed knowing Julie at church . She leaves a good legacy . Isa.32:27

Posted by Sharon/Danny Flowers - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   December 09, 2020

So sorry to hear this. Peace to the family.

Posted by Barb Fitzpatrick - Marshall, MI - Friend   December 08, 2020

Heaven became a little richer on December 5th. She will be missed

Posted by Chuck Black - Paw Paw, MI - Family   December 08, 2020

Mama Jules, Thank you for teaching me about courage, strength and inner peace. You're going to be deeply missed, but I know you'll be watching over all of us and keeping us in line. I love you and miss you dearly, but am so thankful you're no longer suffering.

Melissa, Scott, Kaylie and Loren - I love all of you and am so sorry for the loss of your mom, mother-in-law and grandma. My heart breaks for all of you. Love Gina, Scott, Zac and Tyler

Posted by Gina Fox - Marshall, MI - Family   December 07, 2020

Mama Jules, Thank you for teaching me about courage, strength and inner peace. You're going to be deeply missed, but I know you'll be watching over all of us and keeping us in line. I love you and miss you dearly, but am so thankful you're no longer suffering.

Melissa, Scott, Kaylie and Loren - I love all of you and am so sorry for the loss of your mom, mother-in-law and grandma. My heart breaks for all of you. Love Gina, Scott, Zac and Tyler

Posted by Gina Fox - Marshall, MI - Family   December 07, 2020

Melissa and family. Sorry hear of your lost. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Keep her memories alive by reminiscing and telling stories, it helps the healing a lot. Friends always. Michelle

Posted by Michelle Seeley - Friend   December 07, 2020

So sorry to see of Julie's passing. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Laura Peek - Bradenton, FL   December 07, 2020