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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Julie (Fielder) Hanson. She was courageous with a great attitude.  

Our island has lost a true heroine and fierce fairy godmother. She was compassionate and dedicated to this community through her efforts with Sister Season Fund and other organizations. Julie prevented untold thousands from becoming homeless, which was her mission. 

Jules first arrived in Key West in the 1970s. She lived and worked at Eden House guest house and the Esquire Lounge on the boulevard. She was the inspiration for the novella “Criss Cross” by Scott Somers, who was staying at the Eden House. It was made into a movie in 1992 starring Goldie Hawn. 

Julie worked tirelessly on fundraising for the locals, earning her the title of Duchess.Even in her off hours Julie would hold court from her window on Duval at Bourbon Street Pub and 801 to keep tabs on everyone — of course with a glass of pinot grigio.

She leaves her four children, Beverly Hanks, Nick Hanson, Brian Broom and Nicolas Broom, as well as grandchildren.

Thank you all for your thoughts and contributions that kept her comfortable.

It takes an Island and Key West is much better because of Julie Hanson.

A celebration will be determined later.

“The most important thing is to live a fabulous life. As long as it’s fabulous I don’t care how long it is.” — Freddie Mercury