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Randy E. Barela &  Julie M. Barela

Obituary for Randy E. Barela & Julie M. Barela

June 27, 2020
Sweetwater, Texas

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Randy and Julie Barela passed away June 27, 2020 in Sweetwater Texas. Julie was born May 22, 1966 in Pueblo, Colorado, the eldest child of John K. Graham, LTC, USA (Ret) and E. Marlene (Koonce) Graham. Randy was born December 07, 1965 also in Pueblo to Maria Barbergene Nieves and Edward Ray Barela, both deceased. He is proceeded in death by his daughter Amanda Barela. Randy attended Central High School in Pueblo and he worked for many years in the construction industry. He was very proud that he worked with a crew on the Pueblo Union Depot remodel and that he helped build a memorial site for Julie's sister Allison. In addition to working with his hands & tools, Randy loved listening to all kinds of music. Randy is survived by his step-father Albert Garcia; his brother Eric (Manuel) Barela; his step-sister Luann Nieves; step-brothers Joe Nieves, Jr. and Albert (Janie) Garcia, Jr., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Julie grew up overseas as an Army brat and lived in Turkey and Germany. She attended Heidelberg High School in Germany. Following in her father's footsteps, Julie served on active duty in the US Army during Operation Desert Storm. After leaving the military, she pursued her passion in finance and transitioned into paralegal work. She had an Associate's Degree from Pueblo Community College, an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Central Texas College and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her sister Mary Allison Graham; Grandmother Helen (Koonce) Hennessey; Grandfather Howard Koonce; Grandparents Keith & Julia Graham & her beloved uncles Bob Rice & Howard Koonce. Julie is survived by her parents John & Marlene; her sister Marie-Adrienne (Graham) Perlman & husband Jake Perlman; her sister Marie-Claire (Graham) Valdez & husband Jacob Valdez, SFC, USA (Ret) & their son Elon Valdez.
Everyone who knew Julie & Randy knew how they would light up a room with their presence. They were both very loving, kind, generous and loyal. They played by their own rules, but they never excluded anyone. They loved traveling, camping, their beloved pets and spending time with family & friends, especially at Christmas. Their favorite places were either up in the mountains in Colorado or down on the beaches in Texas. The two were inseparable from the day they met and were very much in love. They were married for almost 14 years and called both Pueblo and San Antonio home. They leave many good friends & extended families behind. They will be forever loved, dearly missed and never forgotten. May their memories be eternal.

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