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Julia Acker Van Mol

Julia Acker Van Mol

Julia Acker Van Mol

JULIA Julia Acker Van Mol, 59, of the Liberty Community, White Plains, GA, died Friday, August 06, 2010, eighteen months after being diagnosed with an extremely rare form of breast cancer. A native of Knoxville, Tn, Julia was born on July 8, 1951, the daughter of Dr. Joseph E Acker, Jr. and Betty Gutch Acker. Julia devoted her life to her faith, her family, and care of the acutely ill, specializing in critical care for 38 years as a Registered Nurse. Growing up with her 4 siblings and parents on a farm in Knoxville, Julia knew how to drive a tractor before she could drive a car. She spent many of her summers riding horses with her family and undoubtedly spent every Sunday in church where she established her faith in the Lord at a young age. She graduated from Bearden High School in 1969 and married Gordon Knox Van Mol of Knoxville, TN in 1971. She went on to St Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Knoxville where she received her nursing degree. She and her husband then moved to Atlanta where she began service in the Intensive Care Unit at Shallowford Community Hospital, followed by a 25 year nursing career with St. Joseph's Hospital, working in the open heart surgery and cardiac cath lab units. She ended her nursing career in February of this year after 13 years of service with her beloved cardiac catheterization team at Athens Regional Medical Center. Julia was known as a skilled professional and admired for the calm and reassuring manner of care given to her patients over the years. Julia was a loving, devoted wife to her husband of 38 years, as well as an exceptional mother to her four children. No matter how busy her schedule, she always found time to make it to each one of her children's sports games with a big encouraging smile on the sidelines. Julia served as children's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, PTA leader, and team Mom for her children's sports teams. She was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church, White Plains. Survivors are her husband of 38 years, Gordon Van Mol; daughter Katie Kupchinsky (and husband Stephen) of Lexington, SC; son, Matthew Van Mol of Smyrna, GA (and wife Kendra); daughter Dr. Chase Van Mol of Atlanta; and daughter Beth Van Mol of White Plains (and fiancé Thad Padgett). Father, Dr. Joseph Acker, Jr. of Knoxville and his wife, Polly Acker; brothers Joe Acker (and wife Faye) of Alabaster, Al; Dr. John Acker (and wife Carol) of Knoxville; sisters Judy Mitchell (and husband Don) of Jefferson City, Tn; and Janet Fox (and husband Dan) of Austell, GA. Julia is also survived by grandchildren Emmy and Hudson Kupchinsky and Knox and Evie Van Mol. The family will receive friends at the fellowship hall of Liberty United Methodist Church, 3091 Liberty Church Rd., White Plains, GA 30678 Saturday August 7, 2010 from 3PM to 5PM. A memorial service will be held at 2PM, Sunday August 8, 2010 at First United Methodist Church, 327 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. Rev Ed Swehla and Rev Cecil Clegg officiating. The family will also receive friends at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, those desiring to make a memorial gift in Julia's honor are asked by her family to consider a contribution to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support, 240 Talmadge Dr. Athens, GA 30606. The center was there for Julia throughout her diagnosis and treatment, including a class on cosmetics for women experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy as well as support groups and exercise classes. Endowed by the nonprofit Athens Regional Foundation, all of the center's services are available at no cost to cancer patients throughout North Georgia. Lord & Stephens Funeral Home WEST is in charge of arrangements.