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Julia Wynne Burton Reckner
Julia Wynne Burton Reckner, age 38, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and loved ones, on September 21, 2023 following a courageous 19-month battle with breast cancer. Julia was born May 10, 1985 to Donald Allen Burton and Marilyn Kahlo Burton in Lexington, KY. Julia's unbreakable spirit in the face of this devastating illness will never be forgotten by those who knew her as she bravely faced each symptom, treatment, and set back with unwavering determination and courage in order to have more time with her loved ones.

Julia was a 2003 graduate of Dunbar High School and obtained B.S. degrees in Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles from the University of Kentucky and in Marketing from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Julia had a passion for merchandising, fashion, crafting, and quilting.

She married Justin Andrew Reckner on May 12, 2012 and together they had two wonderful children. After marriage, Julia and Justin moved to Germany where they lived for over a decade and built a life together. During her time in Germany, Julia pursued interests in travel, teaching others to quilt, and serving as a substitute teacher for the DoDEA Europe schools in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Julia will be remembered as the very best wife, mother, daughter, sister, and unrivaled friend. She was happiest when spending time with family and friends and cherished her children dearly. Julia made all of those around her feel loved and was an exceptionally selfless and generous person to the very end. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Julia is survived by her beloved husband Justin and their two beautiful children, Lukas Vincent and Emma Elizabeth; loving parents, Donald Allen and Marilyn Kahlo Burton and in-laws Jack V. and Gini Z. Reckner; her amazing brother Andrew Morgan Burton; and many wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life for Julia will be held on November 4th, 2023 from 1-5pm at Nate’s Coffee Hideaway located in The Grove at 200 West Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky. Dress code is casual and in keeping with Julia's love of color and uplifting spirit, feel free to come dressed to match her vibrant personality. Julia did not want us to wear black and mourn but instead wanted us to come together and celebrate her life. Please join us as we share memories, tell stories, and honor Julia’s memory. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to one of the below charities in memory of Julia.

Lexington Humane Society: https://lexingtonhumanesociety.org/donate/

Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF): https://give.bcrf.org/give/302920#!/donation/checkout
Kerr Brothers - Harrodsburg Road is in charge of the arrangements.