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In Memory of

Julia Anne Luman

August 25, 1963 - September 8, 2017

Obituary


JULIE LUMAN
1963-2017
Julia Anne Shafer Luman is now face to face with the Lord. Beloved as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and dear friend, Julie died Sept. 8, 2017. She was 54.

Julie was born Aug. 25, 1963, in Houston to William R. and Patricia Anne Shafer. After Patty's death in 1973, Julie developed special bonds with grandmother Margaret "Choo" Miller and her Aunt Kay. She was blessed at 16 with a second mother, Glynda Shirley Shafer. A graduate of Bellaire High School, Julie earned a B.A. in English and history from...

JULIE LUMAN
1963-2017
Julia Anne Shafer Luman is now face to face with the Lord. Beloved as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and dear friend, Julie died Sept. 8, 2017. She was 54.

Julie was born Aug. 25, 1963, in Houston to William R. and Patricia Anne Shafer. After Patty's death in 1973, Julie developed special bonds with grandmother Margaret "Choo" Miller and her Aunt Kay. She was blessed at 16 with a second mother, Glynda Shirley Shafer. A graduate of Bellaire High School, Julie earned a B.A. in English and history from the University of Houston.

Julie married the love of her life, Michael Luman, in 1992. Together they raised two fine children, Frank William Luman and Anna Jens Luman, both students at The Woodlands High School.

After a career in hospitality, Julie became a preschool teacher at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston. Her favorite Bible verse was Psalm 118:24, "This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Frank and Anna heard their mother recite this message each day as they left for school.

Family and faith came first, but the woman with the spectacular smile also excelled as the ultimate volunteer and the most organized person one could ever hope to meet. Julie volunteered for many years at Bo's Place, counseling children who had lost a loved one. When the family moved to The Woodlands in 2006, Julie organized her neighborhood's annual Fourth of July parades, Easter Egg hunts and Christmas lighting celebrations. She made their home a magnet for children, routinely leading neighborhood story times.

In her final notes, Julie wrote, "I walked the journey of cancer and then I died when I was supposed to, it's that simple. I didn't lose at anything, in fact, I won a thousand love lessons and gained timeless moments and grew beautiful friendships."

The love and grace she showed, and was shown by so many along that journey, revealed the Lord's work time and time again. This is the day the Lord has made.

Survivors include her father Bill Shafer of Chireno; husband Mike Luman and children Frank and Anna of The Woodlands; sister Laurie Anne Dewitt of The Woodlands; brother Bill Shafer Jr. and wife Stephanie of Joshua; grandmother Estene Shirley of Key West, Fla.; uncle Aurther Shafer and wife Ann of Fredericksburg; aunt Karen "Kay" Miller Rohr and husband Butch of Angleton; aunt Beth Shirley and husband Jeff Meyer of the Florida Keys; sister-in-law Betty Luman of Houston; nieces Katie DeWitt PanKratz and husband Jordan, Emily Anne Dewitt and Elizabeth Ashabranner Avants and husband Shaun; cousins Susan O'Leary, Joy Smith and Shannon, Jim and Shawn Minson; and childhood friends Suzanne Jett and Jeannette Clark. She was preceded in death by her mothers, sister-in-law Joyce Luman Ashabranner and brother-in-law Dr. David DeWitt.

The family would like to thank Dr. Christine Lee and the staffs of Texas Oncology and Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands for their exceptional care over the past 10 years.

Burial will be at noon Thursday in Forest Park Woodlands, 18000 Interstate 45, The Woodlands. The memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Thursday at Faith Bible Church, 5505 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. In lieu of flowers, Julie requested donations to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. As an alternative, please give a book to a child to continue Julie's legacy of encouraging children to read.