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Nelligan, Ph.D., 54
STANDISH -- Julia Smith Nelligan, Ph.D., 54, passed away quietly at home on Sunday June 1, 2014, in the company of her four wonderful children, her dearly loved husband, and her devoted mother.
Julia was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in Oct. 2012, her great positive attitude and strong will sustained her through the next eighteen months.
She was born in Anniston, Ala. on Sept. 5, 1959. Julia grew up and attended public schools in Weston, Mass. She received a B.A. from Colgate University in 1981, where she met her future husband. She worked in publishing in NYC for several years before moving to Texas. Julia and David were married on Sept. 21, 1985. They spent the next several years in College Station, Texas, where they both attended Texas A&M University and Julia earned a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. They moved with their first son to Cornish, N.H., when Julia accepted a Post-Doctoral position at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital. They moved to Maine in 1995 with their two young children for her husband to pursue his veterinary career. Two more children were born in Maine, and Julia embraced her role as a devoted Mama Bear. She was a familiar sight pushing a double stroller up Oak Hill, a feat that would bring most mere mortals to their knees. Over the years she was an avid fan and active participant in the wide variety of activities her children enjoyed. Her artistic talents were evident in her exquisite quilts, hand knit sweaters, hats, and mittens, and her spectacular, ever-expanding gardens. Everything she had a hand in was made more beautiful because of her. Julia had a great appreciation for the outdoors, and it became a family tradition to celebrate her birthdays with a hike in the White Mountains. As her children grew up, Julia established a successful private practice. She had a very fulfilling career as a clinical psychologist; she derived great pleasure from helping others.
Julia is survived by her husband David Nelligan; her four children Andrew, Katherine, Meredith, and William Nelligan; her mother Sherley Gardner -Smith of Boston, Mass.; her brother Geoffrey Smith, his wife Jamie, and their children of NYC; her sister Allison McDonough, her husband Geoffrey, and their children of Stockholm, Sweden.
We know that Julia will live on in her family and our lives will reflect the love she gave so generously.
At her family's request, the celebration of her life will be a private ceremony at a date to be determined.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 8, 2014