Julia Ann Emerson, 84, of Arundel, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Julia went to be with the Lord at home while surrounded by her loving children.


Julia was born Aug. 15, 1937, to Andrew and Bertha Lux of Arundel, and was the youngest of four children. Julia married her high school sweetheart, Stephen, on June 7, 1957, and they were blessed with two children; her son, Stephen and daughter, Joanne who were her world.

Julia loved being outdoors hunting, fishing, gardening and enjoying nature. In the spring and fall she could be found in the woods hunting with her family. She especially enjoyed spending time outdoors when accompanied by any one of her grandchildren. For many years she held the prized family record of hunting down the biggest deer, a 15-point, 201-pound buck.

She was an amazing baker and she taught her family how to replicate her delicious biscuits and cakes; a memory many of her grandchildren fondly remember, particularly on birthdays. Julia’s love for family and tradition had no boundaries. For many years she brought smiles to all children’s faces by playing Mrs. Claus, alongside her husband, who would play the role of Santa. She also brought joy to the community in which she lived. Julia was a longtime member of Kennebunk Baptist Church where she made many lifelong friends, who she considered to be family. She would speak of her friendships often and always enjoyed her Sunday mornings at church.

Julia was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Stephen Emerson III; sisters, Corlys Brewer and Marjorie Sprague; brother, Andrew Lux; sister-in-law, Beverly Emerson; and great-grandson, Logan Emerson.

Julia is survived by her son, Stephen Emerson IV and wife Margo of Arundel; daughter, Joanne Jones and husband James of Arundel; two sister-in-laws, Patsy Roberts of Yarmouth and Anita Michaud and husband Richard of Arundel; brother-in-law, David Paulhus and wife Shirley of Arundel; grandchildren, Meredith Nelson, Elizabeth Allen, Nathan Jones and wife Bryce, Christina Emerson, Telicia Souliere and husband Roger, Brooke Emerson, Stephen Emerson V and Jack Emerson; and her great-grandchildren, Ophelia Leslie, Walker Jones, Natalie Emerson, Marcus Nelson,
RJ Souliere, Scarlett Kendrick, Peyton Dunham and Lucy Emerson; and her beloved cat (Kitty).

A service will be held at the Emerson Memorial Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at 1 p.m.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Julia’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk, ME 04043.

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