Julia Winston Ivey
1928 - 2020
Julia Winston Ivey

July 1, 1928 - September 15, 2020

Julia Winston Ivey of Lynchburg, passed away at her home on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at the age of 92. She was the daughter of the late William Maitland Ivey and Julia Price Ivey.

She is survived by her cousins, Anthony Sargent (Kathleen) of Annandale, Virginia, John Sargent of Peekskill, New York, and Richard "Tom" Sargent, also of Peekskill.

Julia was a member of Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She had a wide variety of interests and was an accomplished pianist. Born and raised in Lynchburg, at the age of 18 Julia left to study piano. She studied with the famed Sascha Gorodnitzki of the Juilliard School, and later toured Europe. She played in music halls in Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium, where critics lauded her performances with phrases such as "admirable control of spontaneity and brilliance," "creative adaptation and spiritual penetration," "irresistible musical temperament," and "great musical intelligence."

Despite her incredible talent, playing professionally did not interest Julia. She preferred to teach, and teach she did for many years, at the Shipley School and the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She taught countless young musicians, with her own inimitable style. Julia taught her students to play the piano, but she took them far beyond that as well, and helped them find a world filled with remarkable composers and thrilling performances. She encouraged, rather than insisted, and built relationships that lasted her lifetime. Over the years she kept in touch with too many of her former apprentices to count, and they with her, and she talked about them all the time.

Julia also loved animals, and in addition to caring for numerous pets of her own, she was a great supporter of animal related charities for her entire life. Donations in her memory may be made to the Lynchburg Humane Society, of which she was strong supporter.

Julia's family wishes to thank the kind and caring staff of Senior Independence Home Health and Hospice, who took wonderful care of Julia in her last years.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020, in the Presbyterian Cemetery with the Pastor Mike Palombo officiating.

Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory, Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is handling the arrangements.

On-line condolences may be sent to www.diuguidfuneralservice.com.

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Published by The News & Advance from Sep. 23 to Sep. 24, 2020.
Graveside service
Presbyterian Cemetery
Funeral services provided by:
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory Wiggington Chapel
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I began taking piano lessons from Julia when I was in 5th grade and finished when I graduated high school. Julia would come to our house on Saturdays from about 8 am until noon. I have 4 sisters and we all took lessons. She always made the lessons fun! I still sometimes sit down at my piano 40 plus years later, and attempt a Sonatina or try out one of the songs from my Scott Joplin book! There was always coffee on. We always celebrated her birthday 7/1, with a homemade cake! She was a great teacher, always smiling! d
Sioux Xenakis
September 27, 2020
I was a student of Julia's for years. The piano teacher I had before Julia made me dread lessons, but Julia did not. I remember her wanting to make music fun and understandable. I remember her giving me a book of opera synopses (I still have) and also always giving a piece I wanted to play. She never yelled or scolded. My family and I stayed in touch with her for years. I went to college in Philadelphia where she lived, and she invited me to dinner. It was nice. After she moved to Virginia she joined us in Pennsylvania once for Thanksgiving. My sisters (who also took lessons with Julia) and I visited her last year in Lynchburg. Although unable to speak then, she still had her same smile and we all enjoyed the time together.
September 24, 2020
I am sadden to find the passing of a close family friend. Will miss you Judy and often think of you. Judy would come to my house on holidays each year to enjoy my mother's home cooked meals and was like part of the family. Love and peace to you.
Linda Arthur
September 23, 2020