Julie Ann Foster Villablanca

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Julie Ann Foster Villablanca died unexpectedly on Nov. 21. She was 41.

Villablanca, a former Malibu resident and longtime Pacific Palisades resident, was born Sept. 15, 1970 and lived most of her life in the Sunset Mesa area. In April 2003 she married Claudio “Cody” Villablanca and the couple moved to Malibu to raise their family.

As the mother of three young sons, Julie participated in her children’s active lives, including school and sports activities. She also worked part-time at Brenda Himmel Stationery in Santa Monica, where she enjoyed expressing her creative, artistic side.

Villablanca was also a sports enthusiast. She started swimming at age five, and through the years she won medals and awards in the pool as well as in soccer, softball, basketball and tennis. A 1988 graduate of Palisades High School, Villablanca played center on the volleyball team that won the city championship. She was also active in the youth group at Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church and in Girl Scouts. Additionally, Villablanca biked 38 miles in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS: Coastal Challenge bike-a-thon this past October.

“The quintessential California girl, Julie was known for having a big laugh, a beautiful smile and a heart of gold,” her family wrote to The Malibu Times. “She loved her family and friends with unwavering loyalty and lived her life with love, passion and compassion. She faced the problems life handed her with remarkable resilience and the strength of a champion.”

Julie is survived by her husband, Cody; her sons Shane (12), Ashton (8) and Julian (4); her parents, Charles and Betty Foster of Pacific Palisades; her brothers Christopher and Stephen Foster and their families; and her father- and mother-in-law Jaime and Mina Villablanca, along with their children Amparo, Jaime, Pablo and Frances, and their families.

Memorial services will take place Dec. 4 at Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, 15821 Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Villablanca’s name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.nationalmssociety.org) or to the Westside Food Bank (www.westsidefoodbankca.org).