WASHINGTON, D.C., August 31, 2011—Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams is saddened to announce the death of Peace Corps volunteer Julianne Amundson. Julianne, 69, was serving as an English teacher with the Peace Corps program in Jordan and died of natural causes in Stockton, Calif., on August 27. Julianne is survived by four sons.
“Julianne was an exceptional volunteer and a committed English teacher working to strengthen our friendship with the people of Jordan,” said Director Williams. “On behalf of the entire Peace Corps community, our thoughts are with Julianne’s family, friends, and fellow volunteers.”
Julianne arrived in Jordan for Peace Corps training in October 2009 and was sworn in as a volunteer in December 2009. She served as an English teacher at Um Ar-Rasas Comprehensive Girls School in Jordan. At the school, she helped create a reading library with globes, maps, a computer, and other reference materials for teachers.
As a secondary Peace Corps project, she worked with her community to establish a resource center for local women to sell handicrafts at the Um Ar-Rasas Roman Mosaic site, which contains some of the largest historical mosaics in Jordan. Julianne was to complete her service in December 2011.
Prior to serving with the Peace Corps, Julianne worked for many years as a teacher in Stockton, Calif. She taught child development and family education in the Lincoln Unified School District in Stockton, and was a resource teacher in the Pasadena Unified School District. She also served for two years as the president of Mable Barron Elementary School Parent, Teacher, Student Association.
Julianne, who was to complete her service in December 2011, was known by the Peace Corps community for her kindheartedness. She cared deeply about her students and inspired others with her experience, wisdom, and sense of humor.
Julianne was an exceptional Volunteer who dedicated her life to service and helping others.
The following information on memorial services was provided to the Peace Corps by Julianne’s family:
Thursday, September 1, 2011, 12-6 p.m at DeYoung Memorial Chapel in Stockton.
Mass of Christian Burial:
Friday, September 2, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Presentation, 6715 Leesburg Place in Stockton.
Donations may also be made to the Amundson Family Cancer Prevention Fund, c/o Lincoln High Schools, 2010 W. Swain Road, Stockton, Calif. 95207.
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