July 17, 1956 - March 22, 2017
Julie Keown, age 60 died peacefully with her sister’s by her side on March 22nd, 2017.
She was a trailblazer for the rights of people with Down ’s Syndrome. She was a part of the first public school class in Stamford Connecticut, and was a graduate of Stamford High School Class of 1977. Julie was a Special Olympic Swimmer, a Pegasus Horseback rider, earning many medals. She enjoyed bowling, and loved all the Disney Princess’s, Star Trek and Star Wars.
Beginning in 1980, Julie was a part of the STAR supportive work program. Her favorite positions were at the Marriot Hotel, Burger King, The Pet Shop, and Stop and Shop. After retiring from Stop and Shop she enjoyed attending the STAR Senior Club at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where she loved karaoke, dancing, and walking the runway in fashion shows.
She is survived by her sister’s Laurie Linton and Susan Keown, her niece Jennifer Linton and her wife Michelle, her nephew Eli Peck, and her niece Sarah Keown-Peck. Julie was predeceased by her beloved mother, Sally Keown, and her father, John Keown.
A Celebration of Julie’s life will be held at Collins Funeral Home 92 East Ave, Norwalk, Connecticut on Saturday March 25, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Her family would like to thank all of the people who supported and nurtured her throughout her life. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, 182 Wolfpit Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851.