Julie R. Ellyson Chapman, age 42, of Glenville, was welcomed with open arms by the Lord and her mother, Linda, at 4:15 a.m., Thursday September 19, 2019 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center, following a long but courageous battle with Huntington's Disease.
She was born June 1, 1977 in Buckhannon, daughter of Gary R. Ellyson and wife, Sandy, of Pineville, and the late Linda James Ellyson.
Julie is a graduate of Lewis County High School, class of 1995, and a graduate of Glenville State College, class of 2000. During Julie's short life before her illness, she was a hostess at Applebee's and Outback Steakhouse in Clarksburg. She enjoyed working at both restaurants and never met a stranger.
Her teenage years would find her on the West Virginia pageant circuit, where she always placed in the top slots and in 1992, she became Miss West Virginia Perfect Teen, where she competed in the national competition in Myrtle Beach, SC, and placed in the top 5 out of 50 states. In 1995, she became Miss West Virginia Teen World and traveled to Palm Springs, CA, where she placed in the top 10.
Julie was very active and enjoyed doing community service. She had a section of road for the “Adopt a Highway,” she routinely donated her time to the American Heart Association, and could be found her during the holiday season with a bell in her hand for the Salvation Army.
When she was able, Julie was a career shopper, who also enjoyed football, camping, concerts, theatre, and NASCAR. She was a big time Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan and was always excited for the Christmas season. Julie's true love in life was her son Jacob. She was always proud of him, even when she couldn't express it herself.
On July 24, 2002, Julie was united in marriage to Donald Duane Chapman and of this union, one son was blessed to them, Jacob Duane Chapman, who survives at their Glenville home.
Along with her husband, son, and father, Julie is survived by one brother, Scott Ellyson, of Denver, CO, one uncle, Terry L. Ellyson and wife, Denise, of Glenville, and two aunts, Patty Belt Collins, of Weston, and Carolyn James, of Good Hope.
Julie was one of the “elite three cousins,” who could not have been any closer if they had been sister and brothers. As the plaque at Mamaw's house read “They can at Grandma and Grandpa's.”
Also surviving are two special cousins, Lee Ellyson and wife, Wakasa, of Glenville and Joey Ellyson and companion, Tina, of Weston, and a host of other wonderful family and friends.
Beyond her mother Linda, Julie is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Ralph C. and Boneva Bea Davis Ellyson and maternal grandparents, Freddie and Geneva Snyder James and two uncles, Carl James and Edwin P. Ellyson.
A funeral service was conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 25, 2019 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial followed in the Stalnaker Cemetery in Glenville. Friends were received from 5-7 PM, Tuesday evening at the mortuary in Glenville.
In lieu of flowers, the family of Julie Ellyson is requesting that you remember her kind heart and pleasant smile when making memorial contributions in her honor to the Huntington's Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Ave. Suite 902, New York, NY, 10018.