Julie Sue Marks Blackstone, the third of four children born to Dr. John W. Marks and Leta Joyce (Rice) Marks, was born on October 6, 1955, in Beaver, Oklahoma. She died on September 17, 2022 from glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.
Julie lived in Beaver before her family moved in 1971 to Blackwell, OK. She maintained lasting friendships with many people in both cities. Julie graduated from Blackwell High School and received her BA in Commercial Art from Central State University (now UCO) in Edmond. She continued her education at CSU and earned an M.Ed.
After graduating, she worked as a lead artist/designer at Glasshaus Stained Glass Studio in Oklahoma City. In 1979, she became an assistant professor of art at South Oklahoma City Junior College.
She married Dr Harlan Blackstone and Julie loved being the mother of their children, Rachael and Evan. They were lucky to have her as a mother and they were a blessing to her, especially during her illness.
In previous years, she became a full-time faculty member at Oklahoma Baptist University, helped run the OBU ceramics lab, sold art to galleries, and gave private lessons. Julie joined the OBU faculty full-time in 1997. In 2009 Julie became an assistant professor of art. In 2017, Julie received the Provost’s Award of Excellence. In 2019, Julie received the highest honor for OBU faculty members, the Distinguished Teaching Award. Julie was often referred to as a mentor and influence by her students who were successful in their own careers.
Perhaps best known for her textile/fiber art, Julie’s “Knotty Girl” artwork was created using a French Knot embroidery technique with embellishments. Julie’s work has been featured in numerous juried exhibitions, winning awards regionally and nationally, including Handweavers Guild of America (Twice Award of Excellence) In 2021, Julie participated in a three-woman exhibition at the Gaylord Pickens Museum.
Julie was a lover of all fine arts and appreciated those who excelled in writing and music. She has published several books on Amazon under the pseudonyms of Marty Russell (mystery/drama), RL Evans (historical fiction) and Jules Marks (medieval fantasy).
Julie was active in Saint Paul United Methodist Church for many years. Later she was confirmed to Emmanuel Episcopal, where she was a member of the Chancel Choir, galloped and worked with a Bible school.
Julie was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by two children: Rachael Blackstone Fawcett (Tanner) of Prague and her son Evan Blackstone of Spokane, WA; grandchildren Waylon Fawcett and Tanner Ann Fawcett; brother Steven W. Marks (Margaret); sister Jana Marks Lamb (Rod); brother David Marks (Jane); “sister forever” Mary Marks Jenkins; stepmother Pat White Marks; and a large extended family.
Memorial donations can be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Shawnee, OK, or to the environmental or charitable cause of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church with a reception to follow.
Posted on September 19, 2022
Posted in The Oklahoman
Emmanuel Episcopal Church 501 N Broadway Ave. Shawnee, OK 74801
September 24, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.