Morgan mourns county clerk

Morgan mourns county clerk

Julie Anderson, treated for cancer, dies unexpectedly Monday

Morgan County Circuit Clerk Julia “Julie” Anderson spent Sunday doing what she loved best: wearing a big grin and sharing stories as she spent time with family and close friends.

Anderson, 61, died unexpectedly the morning of Monday, Feb. 5, at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with breast cancer. .

She is survived by her husband, Mike Anderson; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Sarah Mulquin; granddaughter, Ellie; and a host of other family members and close friends.

Anderson sits in her home with husband Mike.

“We appreciate the community’s support during this difficult time,” Chris Mulquin said. “Julie loved serving her county, loved all her family, friends and people she met over the years. She will be so deeply missed by all who loved her.”

Anderson spent more than 23 years in the clerk’s office, working as a probate clerk and bookkeeper before becoming chief deputy clerk under Amy Sipes. Anderson was named circuit clerk when Sipes retired last spring.

“Julie was kind and compassionate, and a wonderful boss,” said Dana Knifley-Jokisch, office manager for the circuit clerk’s office and president of the Morgan County Republican Club. “She always wanted to make sure we loved our jobs as we served the public.”

But shortly after Anderson took over as circuit clerk, a routine mammogram revealed breast cancer that infected nearby lymph nodes. Months of chemotherapy ended in December 2023, followed by surgery a day after her birthday in mid-January.

Anderson sits in the main courtroom of the Morgan County Courthouse in a photo taken last October.

She intended to return to full-time work this week, but was coaxed into staying home a bit longer. On Sunday, she celebrated her sister’s Air Force promotion with other family members and friends.

Many people – including courthouse coworkers – were unaware of Anderson’s diagnosis until she shared it publicly in The Source last October, along with a series of photographs taken as she removed a wig from her bald head.

“I’ve treated [cancer] like everything else; I will do what it takes,” she said at the time. “I’ve done that the whole time I’ve had that treatment; I’ve not let it interfere with anything.”

In her free time, she loved to read and to quilt, and was looking forward to an overdue mother-son vacation.

“She will be forever missed as our leader in the office,” Knifley-Jokisch said.

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