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Sun Times Feature Story

Elsie Julian was a familiar face around Hallandale Beach

For over 60 years, Elsie Julian had lived in Hallandale Beach, raising a family and becoming part of the landscape of this growing community.

On September 21st, the woman who had meant so much to her family and the city, passed away. At the age of 92, still very active in so many organizations and events, Elise Julian leaves a legacy that will live forever.

“My mom was truly the backbone of this family,” said her son, Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Bill Julian. “She had been there for my father - and after his passing in 1999 - she became my biggest support system right until the end.”

Owning thoroughbred horses for 51 years, traveling around the country and Canada with her husband, George Elsie Julian made an impact on so many lives, racing at Gulfstream Park in 1955 and later at Calder Race Course starting in 1970. In addition, she belonged to The Italian American Civic League of Broward County, Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach, American Legion, Post 310, Women's Auxiliary and the Lion’s Club. She is also listed as a pioneer of Hallandale Beach and Broward County.

“I can remember how she was always around, doing what she could to help my father’s job a lot easier,” Vice Mayor Julian pointed out. “Those are the things you remember when you are growing up. Seeing how important she was to this family.”

Over the past decade, Elsie Julian took an active interest in making lives in Hallandale Beach easier as she volunteered for just about anything that would elevate the community. Along with her son, they sent 800 care packages to the troops in Afghanistan and was the oldest member of the Hallandale American Legion Women's Auxiliary. In 1942, her sisters Rina and Elsie started the USO Club at Ft. Devens, Mass. - where she also worked on jeeps in the motor pool.

“What everyone will remember most about by mom is the way she worked so hard to support our yearly pasta dinner that raised so much money,” Vice Mayor Julian explained. “She also made sandwiches which provided food for the homeless.”

Elsie Julian was born on Feb, 7, 1924 to Julia Mezzonotti and R. Messonotti in Fitchburg, Mass.