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Julia Shaye Israel, 5

Julia Shaye Israel, 5

Julia Shaye Israel, 5, of Hendersonville, earned her angel wings on Oct. 7, 2013.

She is survived by her mother and father, Jessica and Joshua Brock, of the home, as well as many close family members and friends.

Julia delighted in dancing, swinging, dressing up, giving "reprises," coloring and drawing. She was fascinated by volcanoes and was able to see one in Hawaii, thanks to WNC Make-a-Wish. She could often be found watching My Little Pony with her Papaw, and Fluttershy was her favorite pony. She cared dearly for animals — rabbits, horses, and her pets Zoso and Boots. She loved Jesus with all her heart and her favorite worship songs were "10,000 Reasons" and "Cornerstone."

Julia possessed a contagious joie de vivre that touched everyone she met. She was generous, self-effacing, kind, and considerate. Her ability to precisely communicate her thoughts and emotions transcended her age, and she sought genuine connection in every interaction. She lived creatively and intuitively, embracing the world with wide-eyed wonder. Julia's courage and tenacity in the fight against her brain stem tumor inspired everyone who met her.

She was a dandy, and we will miss her beyond measure. Julia, our hearts will never float away from yours.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at the Rock Church, 273 Monte Vista Rd, Candler. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Rock Church with Pastor Kirk Bowman officiating. Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to


An online register book is available online for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.