Owensboro Family Loses Mom To COVID-19 Battle

Covid-19 has taken so many from the Tri-State community, now yet another family is left finding peace in the lives lived.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 11:38 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2021 9:55 AM

Julie Gilreath was a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. To her friend Jennifer Gregory, she holds a special place in her heart.

"Julie was my person, my best friend, a little lost without her. She was just a really amazing, amazing friend,” said Gregory.

This is why after finding out she was diagnosed wi COVID-19, her husband Chris Gilreath was fearful.

“I just was worried that she could end up in the hospital,” said Gilreath.

Shortly after being diagnosed with COVID-19, her condition worsened and she was admitted to the hospital.

Spending time in an Owensboro hospital, and then being life-flighted to UK Health in Lexington where her family said their final goodbyes.

"The last thing I told her was that she needs to come home and that I love her," said Gilreath. "and she said she loved me. Yeah, that’s the last words.”

A social worker in Owensboro, Julie gave to those who couldn't give back, this is why her friend did what she knew Julie would never do.

Jennifer took it upon herself to make the Go Fund me while Julie was in the hospital to help her family out with medical expenses, now that she has passed, it will still be used for that and to help out with her sons.

“Her boys, her boys are 18 and 15. She was their world and they were her world. They’re tough they’re strong but you know they’re hurting on the inside. They miss their mom.” said Gilreath.

Covid-19 has taken so many from the Tri-State community, now yet another family is left finding peace in the lives lived.

“Julie was very active our community in our foster care community," said Gregory. "she worked at StepStone Foster Care Agency and I hope to continue working with the ladies there to kind of continue on with what she started. And I plan on remaining active in her children’s lives, in her family’s lives.”

You can find the link to the Go Fund Me here,, to further help out the Gilreath family. 

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