Julianne Marie Klein

April 27, 1951 - June 3, 2020

Julianne Marie Klein, 69, of Dallas, Texas died Wednesday, June 4, 2020, after a valiant fight against lung cancer. She was born April 27, 1951, in Dallas, Texas, daughter of John F. Klein and Maryellen Joan Klein of Dallas, Texas. Julie graduated from Bishop Lynch Catholic High School in Dallas, Texas. She was a lifelong worker in the outdoor amusement business. Julie was born into the business from a mother and father who had travelled with Ringling Brothers Circus after World War II. She worked at many fairs, exhibitions, celebrations, concerts and parades across the USA and Canada. One of her favorites was the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition). She was an avid reader who spent much of her time reading while traveling from one spot to another. Over her career she sold all types of toys, novelties, souvenirs, and hats as well as food concessions such as cotton candy, candy apples, popcorn, sno-cones, and sandwiches. In 2009 Julie opened her own business, Pop’s Concessions, where she and her husband worked with independent school districts and cities for all of their concession needs. She was very involved with everything and in her off time she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and dogs.  Among her family and friends she will be fondly remembered for her love of family, especially her great grandchildren.

Julie is survived by her husband of 26 years, Randy Ballard; her daughter, Aimee Champion of Dallas, Texas; her son, Christopher Champion and wife Dacia; sister, Jo Woods and husband Marlen of Forney, Texas; brothers, John Klein and wife Sara, of Deltona, Florida and Steve Klein and wife Jasmine of Balch Springs, Texas; grandchildren, Nick Glasscock and wife Cassidy of Frisco, Texas, Taylor York of Dallas, Texas, Mason Champion, Sophie Champion, Dade Ballard of Denton, Texas, Bailey Ballard of Denton, Texas, Vesta Ballard of Denton, Texas, and Alaina Ballard of Denton, Texas; great-grandchildren, Skylar (Skittle), Cannon (Cannonball), and Elijah (Woody) of Frisco, Texas; and life-long friends, Joe-Ann Tarlattini-Brezinski of Portage La Prarie, Manitoba, Canada, Linda and Larry Sorenson of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Tim Damiani of Dallas, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Maryellen and John Klein.

The memorial service is pending.

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I miss you mom! Every second.
Aimee Champion, June 20, 2020 We are all grieving the loss of our sister Julie, but we are choosing to remember some of the happier times we had together like traversing the Canadian Rockies crammed into a 1961 chevy pickup. Then, there was the time we had to travel between a couple of Canadian cities by bus and animals were not allowed. Julie had to take her cat with her, so her and I gave it half a sleeping pill and stuck it in a satchel. That was quite an experience for us and the cat. Then there were all the times mom and dad took us on vacation to Banff National Park, Lake Louise, and Jasper National park in Canada. They also took us to Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and the Wisconsin Dells. We did see a lot of North America. In fact we travelled all over North America and mom and dad stopped at anything interesting to let all us kids experience it. But then again maybe you had to be there and she was. I wish we could have had more time together. However, I am so glad Julie and I did have time to reminisce about some of these adventures before she passed away. Rest in peace Little Sister you will be so missed always.
John & Sara klein, June 13, 2020 Julianne and I became friends when we were both young girls. Our families were in the Carnival Industry. I was blessed to have Julianne as a friend. We had many things in common and were able to understand how each other thought. Julianne was a hard working loving woman. She had many jobs in her life time including selling novelties at fairs festivals and parades, she operated concession stands at a couple of pools. She was a Pitchwoman and sold pans. She loved her kids, grandkids and great grandkids as well as her dogs. Julianne was always thinking of what she could do to make life easier for her family. The last few years have been a big challenge for Julianne. She wasn't able to work the way she had always done. Thoughout her illness she never complained of pain or being uncomfortable she only complained about not being able to work. She loved to talk about the silly things we did as young girls and we talked often about the many people we had gotten to know through the years. I will miss my sweet Julianne, I thought of her as my little sister and know that she is now watching over us all. Fly high my sweet angel. Joe-Ann Brezinski nee Tarlattini, June 9, 2020