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Julia Temple Munroe Woodward

1914 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Julia Temple Munroe Woodward

Julia Temple Munroe Woodward was born on July 8, 1914, and died on December 9, 2012. She was the second of eight children born to Mark Welch "Mr. Pat" and Mary Frances Gray Munroe. After her graduation from Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia, Julia married Robert Davidson Woodward, Jr. "Bob D.", who was also a Quincy native. He predeceased her after 46 years of marriage.

"Miss Julia"/Mother/Grandmother/GiGi was much-loved by her family and friends.

She is survived by six children, Robert Davidson Woodward, III, and wife Elaine of Tallahassee, Pat Munroe Woodward and wife Mary Jane of Quincy, Mary Margaret McNeill and husband Larry of Southern Pines, NC, Judy Gregory and husband Scott of Quincy, Elizabeth Cook and husband Bob of Pensacola, Susan Walker and husband Otey of Franklin, TN; by daughter-in-law Eleanor Woodward Fleming of Quincy; and by eighteen grandchildren, forty great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Julia was a life-long resident of Quincy who generously contributed her time, talent, and resources for the betterment of her hometown. Among her involvements were the schools, Quincy Garden Club, Quincy Garden Center, Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy Music Theater, Pilot Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and First Presbyterian Church of Quincy. Among her awards in recognition of her service to community and church were the Quincy Exchange Club "Book of Golden Deeds" award, the Rotary 4-Way Test Award, the QMT Spotlight Award, the Gadsden Arts Center Gala Honoree 2005, the American Red Cross Distinguished Citizen Award, the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award, and the Women of the Church Life Membership Award. She was listed in the 1961 edition of Who's Who of American Women.

Although Julia was very involved in Quincy, her interests and involvements extended beyond its borders. She was a trustee of Wesleyan College for over 50 years and received both the Alumnae Award for Distinguished Service to the College and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Wesleyan College. She was a board member of Clan Munro USA and received its Eagle Award. She was involved in the preservation of land in Montreat, NC, where the Julia Munroe Woodward Nature Trail was established. In Tallahassee, she was involved in the improvements at Mission San Luis, established scholarships for Gadsden County students at the Martha Stubbs School of Music, and received the Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award from the Big Bend chapter of AFP. A member of the Old Glory Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she supported its patriotic and educational endeavors.

Julia enjoyed travel and made numerous trips to visit children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was always available when needed by a family member. She also visited Germany, Australia, China, and England and made numerous trips to her ancestral home near Inverness, Scotland. She was the last surviving grandchild of William Munroe, who immigrated to Gadsden County from Inverness in the early 1840's, and his wife Julia Margaret Edmonds Welch Munroe.

Julia had a strong faith in God and a loving, generous spirit. Among her happiest moments were the ones when she was surrounded by family members and friends at birthday parties given in her honor and when she served a bountiful meal to loved ones in her home. She was an avid reader and gardener and enjoyed sharing her books, flowers, and vegetables. Friends who were sick could depend on her visiting with soup or custard. It was important to her that young people have educational opportunities, and she enabled many young people to secure an education. She will be greatly missed by the many family members and friends whose lives she touched.

During her declining years, Julia always expressed appreciation for her wonderful caregivers, Elease Lockwood, Minnie Bryant, Antoinette Hinson, Demetria Hutley, Michelle Weatherspoon, and Terry Lockwood. Appreciation is also due to the staff of Big Bend Hospice, Dr. Whiddon, and Dr. Ghai for their excellent care.

There will be a visitation at the family home from 4:00 until 6:00 on Wednesday afternoon. A funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Quincy on Thursday, December 13, at 11:00 a.m. followed by burial at Old Philadelphia Church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Julia's memory to any of the charities she supported.

Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, Florida, 850-627-7677, is in charge of all arrangements.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Dec. 11, 2012
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