Julie Heaps Shiner August 31, 1970 – February 2, 2022
Our beautiful wife, mother, daughter, and friend Julie Shiner died unexpectedly and unintentionally on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. She was only 51.
Born to Charlene Wang and Willard Heaps, on August 31, 1970, she was the youngest child.
Julie was a born performer. Having spent years performing in Small World, Julie later performed in the Choral Department’s Madrigal Choir for Cottonwood High School – graduating class of 1988. Go Colts! She attended Weber State University, majoring in Communication and Sociology.
Julie married and was able to give birth to her two sweet sons Colby and Chase Rasmason. Nothing was more important to her than her boys. She unfortunately divorced, but later married Robert Shiner, where she was able to give birth to their son Jacob Shiner. Jacob preceded her in death by two weeks and we are sure he welcomed her to the next phase.
Julie loved the arts. All of them. She initially was an Art History Major in college. She thrilled over the Oscars – which provided her with her “must watch” list each year, but more than anything she loved going to concerts. Her concert friends brought her so much joy, as they introduced her to new music in rock, jazz, country, and a variety of other music genera. While at a concert, she was known to dance the entire time.
Julie was a born nurturer. She started nurturing her nephews and nieces from eight years old – and never stopped! She loved everyone she came in contact with, and no matter their age she nurtured them. This included, but was not limited to those who felt lost or alone.
Rob frequently referred to her as ‘Wendy Darling’ (from Peter Pan), as she had a way of caring for the lost boys (or girls) she came in contact with. No matter their age, or neighborhood, Julie nurtured them all. She kept a stack of blankets and pillows by the couch so that if someone needed a place to crash (with no questions asked) there was always a safe place with Julie. She will be missed more than words will ever say, but we are better people for having had her in our lives.
Julie is survived by her husband Robert Shiner, sons Colby Rasmason and Chase Rasmason, mother Charlene (Bjorn) Wang and Step-Mother Merlynne Heaps; siblings: Terri Heaps, Corey (Carolyn) Heaps, stepbrother Kristian (Katie) Wang, as well as her beloved nieces, nephews and lots of loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Also included in her chosen family are the many friends, concert friends, High School friends, and friends of her boys.
We know her father Willard Heaps and older brother Lane Heaps will join her son Jacob Shiner in welcoming her home again.
We will celebrate Julie's life with a viewing from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday February 11, 2022, at the Church close to our house: Address: 496 River Way Lehi, Utah
There will also be a viewing from 9:30 - 10:30 am on Saturday, February 12, 2022, followed by the funeral at 11:00-12:00 p.m. at the same address as above. She will be laid to rest in the American Fork Cemetery.
Services will be available online by scrolling to the bottom of Julie’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where memories and condolences may also be shared.