OGDEN -- When former Weber County Sheriff Brad Slater talked about Lt. Julie "Jewel" Fuchs, he said he could think of no better way to describe her than as a woman who put God first, family second and herself third.
"To Jewel, her God was first and her family was a very close second," he said. "Her family included her marriage family, her offspring family and her law enforcement family. And she was third."
Fuchs, who had worked with the sheriff's office for 13 years, died at her parents' home early Wednesday after a five-year battle with liver cancer.
Fuchs, 45, met her husband of 11 years, Bill, while they both were working at the Weber County jail.
"She wouldn't date me unless I quit," he said. "She said, 'I don't date people I work with.' So I went to Riverdale, because I had always wanted to work there."
The couple has two children, a 10-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy.
"She was strong, mentally and physically," Bill said. "She had a beautiful smile and gorgeous eyes. She just was such a sensitive person, just so caring and nurturing, especially to our children. She was a one-of-a-kind woman."
Bill said they were told in 2006 that Jewel had liver cancer and doctors gave her about five years to live. Bill couldn't accept that diagnosis and began researching treatment at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Jewel had three surgeries to try to remove the cancer.
About two years ago, doctors discovered the cancer had spread to her bones and spine. She had been undergoing radiation treatment to treat the spreading cancer when she died.
Bill said she was taken to the hospital Saturday, but returned to her parents' house Tuesday afternoon. Jewel died that night.
"She passed away in my arms and her brother's arms," Bill said.
Slater, who worked with Jewel throughout her career at the department, said she was instrumental in bringing a police academy to Weber County.
"I don't know if I could give any higher praise," he said. "As far as the law enforcement business goes, she was a true mentor to everyone."
Lt. Florrie Peterson will always remember Jewel's smile.
"No matter what was going on, she always had a smile," she said. "She was someone you wanted to be around."
The two women worked as sheriff's lieutenants in neighboring offices for several years. Peterson said Jewel was always very positive, despite her battle with cancer.
"She was always positive, no matter how beat up she was," she said. "Whatever life threw at her, she just handled everything."
While working at WCSO, Peterson said, Jewel helped to change operations in the jail booking area to make things run more smoothly.
"She turned the booking area around," she said. "She made it as calm as a booking could be."
Undersheriff Kevin McCleod said he knew Jewel for about four years and said it was an honor to supervise her.
"If everybody could emulate Jewel and her attitude and her personality, things would be much better," he said. "Jewel never had anything bad to say about anybody. You never talked to her when she wasn't smiling and happy, and everything was good. Even with her battle with the cancer, she was always winning the battle and everything was good."
A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Layton Lindquist Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road. Another viewing will be held at the same location from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, with the funeral at 11 a.m.