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Julianne Shea Collins

Dr. Julianne Shea Collins, 42, resident of 76 Park Lane Calhoun Falls, wife of Bryan Wesson, passed away Sept. 23, 2011 at Self Regional Medical Center.

Born in San Francisco, California, she was a daughter of Kenneth J. Collins and Rosalie Collins.

Dr. Julianne Shea Collins grew up in Coffee Creek, California and later graduated with a PhD in medical genetics from the University of Alabama. She married her husband Bryan Wesson in 2001 after they moved to South Carolina together. Julianne was passionate about her work as an associate research scientist and genetic epidemiologist at the Greenwood Genetic Center. She was involved with the SC Birth Defects Foundation, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network and the Center for Disease Control. She mentored students as an adjunct professor of both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. Julianne and Bryan volunteered with local area 4H clubs and often hosted shows at their farm's arena. She loved horses all her life and her farm included her precious horses, dogs, cats, chickens and a turtle.

Julianne leaves behind her husband Bryan Wesson of Calhoun Falls, SC: her parents Rosalie and Ken Collins of Coffee Creek, CA; her brother and sister-in-law Jim and Jennifer Collins with their two children Aidan and Ethan of Englewood, CO; her sister Joanna Collins of Taylors, SC; and her special friends Sasha Williams of Clemson, SC and Charlene Hughes of Iva, SC.

A memorial service will be held Friday Sept. 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM at Grace Community Church in Greenwood, SC. Later that evening at 6:30 PM a Celebration of Julianne's life will be held in the main lobby of the JC Self Research Institute building at the Greenwood Genetic Center.

In lieu of flowers memorials in memory of Julianne may be made to: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society www.lls.org/ or to Humane Society at www.humanesociety.org/ and South Carolina Birth Defects Foundation 113 Gregor Mendel Circle, Greenwood, SC 29646.


Grace Community Church
1611 Woodlawn Rd
Greenwood, SC  29649
Friday, September 30, 2011
1:00 PM

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Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family. You are in our prayers.

Dan and Michelle Neuman Oct 13 2011 12:00 AM

I was saddened to learn of your daughter's death, Rosalie. Your family is in my prayers.

Carol McCarrick Harvath Oct 6 2011 12:00 AM

What a shock to read of Julianne's passing! I lost track of her after her hyperbaric chamber treatments in Chico. She was one of the most amazing workers I ever had the privilege of working with. One summer I told her I would not be hiring her back the next summer (she was working in Surveying). She looked at me with such shock! I explained that if she wanted to get into Veterinarian Medicine, she needed to work in that field. In time she decided that Veterinarian Medicine was not quite her thing............and the rest is history. She was, without a doubt, one of the finest young women there ever was! Our love and prayers are with the family for strength and comfort during this difficult time.

Mike and Betty Wines Oct 4 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Rosalie and Family, We are so sad about your loss of your dear Julianne. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Joan Mc Carrick Vernon

Joan Vernon Oct 3 2011 12:00 AM

Julianne can be described as amazing. She was a brilliant scientist, a tough cowgirl,and the most caring and compassionate friend a person could ever have. She was so fun! If you talked with her for five minutes, you would be smiling and laughing. She loved her family dearly. When we were at Cal Poly she would talk about them all the time. One day we were driving to the beach with her cousin Laura and Julianne sugessted that we go see her family.We were five minutes from the beach. We turned around and drove NINE hours to go to Coffee Creek,CA to see Julianne's family! On the drive she talked about how she missed the magnitude and brightness of the stars back home. When we arrived it was night and the stars were truly spectacular. She was so excited to surprise her family with our visit. It was a fun trip for all of us. She was raised to know what is important in life. She embraced her life as an adventure. Julianne lived every day to the fullest and was fearless when confronted by a challenge. She was extremely kind, generous and helpful. She was so smart, yet always seeking more knowledge. The world has lost an adventurous genius,and now heaven has the sweetest angel. Everyone who had the opportunity to know Julianne will miss her so much. We are all blessed to have known Julianne. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryan, The Collins and McEntee families. Take care of each other. May God Bless you all. ~ Bonnie Conley

Bonnie Conley Sep 29 2011 12:00 AM

Bryan, We were so sorry to hear about Julianne's passing. How I wish the paper could have told about her wonderful humor and great personality. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. God bless mi amigo.

Sherryl and Joel Brown Sep 29 2011 12:00 AM

I am saddened by your loss but so proud of your amazing daughter-her courage and her accomplishments. I send my love, Linda

Linda Keston Sep 28 2011 12:00 AM

Bryan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May beautiful memories carry you through this difficult time... Your friends of the Lakelands Master Gardener Association

Patti Larson Sep 28 2011 12:00 AM

Love and comfort to all who miss Julianne. May we borrow some of her incredible courage.

Linda Ashworth Sep 28 2011 12:00 AM

The world has lost a truly magnificent woman, but heaven has gained a beautiful soul free of pain and sickness. Her warming smile, gracious heart, and ability to brighten the days of everyone around her will never be forgotten. Bryan, you and the family are in my prayers during this difficult time. If there is anything at all that I can do for you, please let me know.

Katie Inkster Sep 28 2011 12:00 AM

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