Julia Briones McCollum, 79, was called home to the Lord Sunday, March 31, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Guinaoang, Philippines, to Mary Reader and Antolin Briones.
Julia belonged to St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, having served as a member of the Legion of Mary, facilitator for small faith group, singer with both the contemporary and St. Cecilia choirs, cantor and volunteer gardener.
Julia worked as a nurse at Sentara Norfolk General for 18 years, and afterward, at Marian Manor. She enjoyed laughing, singing Neil Diamond songs, cooking and eating delicious meals, crocheting gifts, winning at solitaire, tending to her gloriously abundant backyard paradise, and spreading God’s love to all.
Julia is survived by her husband of 16 years, David; brothers, Anthony, Andreas and Rolando Briones; sisters, Virginia Bondad and Rosemarie Aplosen; children, Rex and Judy Aycud, Felisa Aycud, Imelda Bernstein and Jeffrey Keiter, Florence and Mark Hanssen, Lillibeth Aycud and Marc Stuart; grandchildren, Daniel, Mathew, Isabella, Zachary, Noah, Sera, Tristan and Koyo; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Bennett; and the extended Briones family. She was preceded in death by siblings, Henry and Johnny Briones; and grandchild, Michael Hough.
The family held visitation Thursday, April 4, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park. For flowers, please consider ordering from Julia’s friends at Walker Florist, Virginia Beach.
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