Julia Nicole Merica, 22, of Fort Collins, Colorado, died on Monday, April 7, 2014. She was born July 8, 1991 in Denver, Colorado. Surviving are her grandparents, Don and Carol Medsker; her grandmother, Jean Merica; her mother Ginny Marmolejo and husband, Dave; her father Glen Merica and wife, Lori; her sister, Jennica Merica; her aunt Jo Ann Merica; her uncle Dan Medsker; her aunt Emily Lonborg and husband Art; her uncle Zac Medsker and wife, Heidi; and cousins Isabelle and Jack Jones, and Justin, Lucas, Tyler and Spencer Medsker. Julia\\'s grandfather, Kenneth Merica, preceded her in death. Julia grew up in the Denver area. She graduated from Bear Creek High School and was to have graduated in May from Colorado State University. Julia will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Spanish posthumously. Julia was a whirlwind of fun, adventure, and headstrong ways. She demanded a lot from life, but gave just as much back. Julia was a kind hearted lover of animals who found great joy in making others happy; she bestowed gifts on her friends and family on special occasions and for no reason at all. She was a \\"best friend\\" to many, and will be missed by all she touched. We will never see all of Julia\\'s accomplishments. Nonetheless, we have a good idea of all that Julia would have done and could have been. We are deeply pained by her absence from this Earth. A memorial service to celebrate Julia\\'s life will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E. Girard, Denver, Colorado, at 3:00 pm on April 12, 2014. Memorial contributions may be made to the Julia Merica Awareness Fund, Colorado State University Foundation, P.O. BOX 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1870 or made on-line:
. Donations will be used to assist current students with counseling, suicide prevention and awareness, as well as mental health initiatives.