Julie Accetta passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
Born in Nashville, TN Julie came into this world with spunk and personality.
As a child she was very involved onstage and backstage with Columbus Children’s Theatre, and served as captain of her cheerleading squad at Bishop Watterson High School. At 14, Julie was the anchor of a local TV show and was nominated for a regional Emmy.
Julie earned a degree in communications from The University of Dayton followed by a Masters Degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
In Columbus, Julie was the Director of Development and Marketing with the Children’s Hunger Alliance. In 2008, she moved to Greenville, SC to help open The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. She served as Director of Community Relations at Meals on Wheels, Business Advisor at Showcase Marketing, and Senior Director of Community and Public Relations at the Meyer Center for Special Children.
Julie had a tender, caring and empathetic heart. Even as a child she would wake up on cold mornings and worry about the homeless. Throughout her life, she championed those who couldn’t advocate for themselves, and not only nurtured but demanded a more just world.
Julie was riotously funny, deeply thoughtful, and steadfastly authentic. She found great joy in animals and appreciated and nurtured artists and artistic expression in various forms. She loved musicals, films, comedy, and her mother’s art. Julie was an entertainer throughout her life, and delighted her friends with her impeccable imitations.
Julie cherished and loved her partner Lucas and her vast circle of dear friends. Her infectious laughter, optimism, and commitment to making the world a better place will be missed by so many.
Julie is preceded in death by her grandparents William and Helen Rusconi and Goffredo and Arnette Accetta and her beloved Yorkie Henry. She leaves her parents, Pete and Suzanne Accetta, sister Valerie Accetta and her husband Michael Vizzina, nephew Martin Vizzina and niece Isadora, her partner Lucas Snipes and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Donations may be made in her memory to Meals on Wheels of Greenville at https://mealsonwheelsgreenville.org/memorial-donation/.
Arrangements are under the care of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown, 639 N. Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 http://thomasmcafee.com
A memorial service is planned for Friday, June 25th at 7 PM on the Grand Lawn at Hartness, 2000 Society Street, Greenville 29615. Attendees are asked to follow CDC Covid-19 guidelines, and honor Julie by dressing casual with imagination, colorful attire, punctuated by hats, creative socks, and unicorn accessories.
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