Julia Ann Trevarthen, Boca Raton's planning, zoning and develpment director, died Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 after a three year battle with uterine cancer. She was 51.
"She had an amazingly sharp and incredible sense of humor her whole life," said her sister Susan Trevarthen, town attorney in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. "She was a multi-talented person. Everything she did, she excelled at."
Ms. Trevarthen was born in Louisville, KY., and moved with her family to Boca Raton in 1972. She graduated from St. Andrew's School, received and undergraduate degree in music theory from Florida State University and a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill.
Prior to taking her position with Boca Raton in 2008, Ms. Trevarthen had been an assistant director with the South Florida Regional Planning Council and director of its nonprofit Institute for Community Collaboration. Earlier in her life, she was an interior designer.
Ms. Trevarthen loved music and theater, from early performances at the Delray Beach Playhouse to singing with the Florida Philharmonic Chorus and the Master Chorale of South Florida. She also belonged to the Gold Coast Quilters League and the Junior League of Boca Raton.
In addition to her sister, Ms. Trevarthen is survived by her parents, William and Patricia Trevarthen, of Boca Raton;her brother-in-law, Camilo Mejia, of Hialeah Gardens. A public service in celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. on April 29 at Grace Community Church in Boca Raton.
The family has requested any donations be directed to the Master Chorale of South Florida, 6278 N. Federal Highway, No. 351, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308.