Julia Aren Hedges
March 28, 1956 – January 23, 2024
Julia (Jill) Hedges passed peacefully on January 23, 2024 in Omaha, Ne. with a smile on her lips while holding the hand of her partner of 26 years, Sharyn Hedges A devastating loss for so many friends and family from coast to coast, and Canada to the Gulf.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Donald Cupps and Esther Wideman; aunt, Marjorie Jackson. Survived by her devoted partner and spouse, Sharyn Hedges; sister, Julene Martin Morganelli in Florida; niece, Sophia Martin; nephew, Nicholas Martin both in Philadelphia, PA.; aunt, June Davis in South Carolina; her closest friend, Lois Jewell in New York; and many cousins and countless other close and dear friends across the country.
Julia was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on March 28,1956. She was fortunate to have lived in many states across the country. She spent 18 years in Los Angeles before moving to Omaha 26 years ago with her stunning white Arabian stallion, Jackson.
During her remarkable life, she was a singer / musician. Julia toured the country with the Heritage Singers, and as a member of the group she sang Soprano and had “the voice of an angel”. In LA she made herself available and was asked to sing at countless weddings, services and gravesides, making their ceremonies very memorable. In Omaha, she sang with the Omaha Symphony Chorus and performed several solos for special occasions, while also singing for funeral services, Catholic Masses and at graveside. She also sang the National Anthem before baseball games at the old Rosenblatt Stadium next door to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.
Julia’s joy in life was her horse, Jackson. Known lovingly as Jack and Jill, she rode him everyday and made sure he received only the very best care. In LA, she would ride Jack through Griffith Park up to Griffith Observatory where children would gather around to admire and pet Jack. In Omaha, Jill would ride him around the coliseum arena (flag waving) at the yearly Ak-Sar-Ben Rodeo. And she would ride him around Elmwood Park where children would run up to them to get close to Jack (amazed to see such a beautiful, gleaming white stallion suddenly appear in the park) with an equally stunning lady riding him. She had so much fun with him.
Julia’s other interests included gardening, both outside and inside our home; having 8 cats and 2 Chihuahuas at one time (so much fun); an avid photographer of everything NATURE (wildlife, insects, flowers, scenery, etc) — her photographs always beautiful, eye-catching, and at times intricate; an extraordinary cook — she knew an enormous amount about healthy nutrition. During the last 3 years of her multi-faceted life, she became fascinated and concerned with the fate of the Monarch butterfly and as a result, she raised multitudes of Monarch eggs to adult Monarch butterflies releasing them from our deck to continue their journey either to Canada or to Mexico depending on the time of year. It was very time-consuming and hard work but she absolutely loved it and was known in Omaha as “the Butterfly Lady”.
This was just a brief telling of her amazing life which, needless to say, was a life well lived, a very interesting and varied life. She is loved and will be missed by so many. The lucky few who knew her best are aware that Jill was the kind of memorable person who only comes into our lives but once. Rest in Peace dear Julia.
Per Julia’s wishes, there will be No Wake or Service following her cremation. Her private burial will transpire at a later undetermined date at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha.NE.