Julia Ann Trevarthen

Born: Sun., Jun. 5, 1960
Died: Wed., Apr. 11, 2012


Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sun., Apr. 29, 2012
Location: Grace Community Church


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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.

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Bonnie Miskel
   Posted Sun April 15, 2012
To the Trevarthen Family,

I am honored to have known and worked with Julia. She really was an exceptional person who left such a positive mark on those that shared time with her.

She was also an incredible role model who once said to me that if she had 5 hours left on this earth, that she intended to celebrate that time and it make those hours special. I found it incredible that she didn't dwell on the negative or seem to ever see the worst in things no matter what she was dealing with.

I wanted you to know the influence Julia had on others and know that we are all saddened by her passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

Linda Friar
   Posted Thu April 19, 2012
To the Trevarthen Family

I too wanted you all to know how Julia touched so many lives, including mine. I have known Julia since I was a back to school 30something student in the field of planning and have worked with here over the years on so many different projects. It was always good news if Julia was to be part of the team - she was always positive, cheerful and could find the silver lining in the most challenging of situations. She mentored many young and new to the field and was always wlling to give of herself to others. My heart breaks this morning as I learned she has left this life at so young an age - her shining smile and personality will be missed. I am thankful for having known her, learned from her. May the knowledge of her great gift to life here help you all as you grieve this very sad loss.

Mary Ann Galie
   Posted Sun April 29, 2012
To The Extended Trevarthen Family,

Julia''s contributions to the City of Boca Raton extended far beyond all she accomplished through her professional expertise and excellence. Julia was noted for her personal touch and compassionate heart. When Julia learned of a fellow colleague''s bout with Cancer, she went out of her way to faithfully and repeatedly offer support and encouragement. The loss of Julia''s life is huge but her legacy is great. "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31).

With my sincere and heartfelt sympathies and prayers,

Mary Ann Galie
City of Boca Raton Development Services

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