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Alumni News: Class Years 1990-1999

Julia Moore Wrenne Davidson - '91

Friday, December 3, 2010   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Kristy Collins
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Julia Moore Wrenne Davidson died on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010 of complications from Alzheimer's Disease. Born January 10, 1921 in Nashville. Predeceased by her parents, Aileen Timothy Wrenne and Thomas William Wrenne; and also by her brothers, Thomas William Wrenne, Jr. and David Paul Wrenne III. She is survived by her sister, Betty (Mrs. Jack C. Harris); and by her children and their spouses, Carol (Mrs. Selwyn H. Turner) of Daphne, AL, Julie (Mrs. Larry J. Brooks) and William F. Davidson, Jr. (Gail); her sister-in-law, Mrs. David Paul Wrenne (Pat); 7 grandchildren, Mrs. Henry Singer (Carrie), James Davidson French (Amanda), Mrs. Phillip Gentry (Susannah), Mrs. William Reilly (Emily), Anne Davidson Gooch, James Cowen Gooch, Jr. (Tina) of Atlanta, GA and Max Carroll Davidson of Atlanta, GA; 13 great-grandchildren; and many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins. She graduated from St. Bernard Academy, having never missed a day of school, and was married at age 19 to William F. Davidson, who also predeceased her. She was a devoted wife and mother, and was an active volunteer for many charitable organizations, especially the Girl Scouts and the American Cancer Society. In 1972, at age 51, with two other partners, she opened a florist shop, "The Tulip Tree", and eventually became sole owner of that successful business which she later sold upon retirement. To fulfill a lifelong dream of earning a college degree, she began, while working full time, taking courses at Aquinas Junior College, graduating in 1985. She later received a B.A. degree from Belmont University at age 70. She earned a Master's degree in Liberal Arts from Vanderbilt University in 1995. Julia loved her friends and family, gardening, and travel. She took summer courses at Harvard and Cambridge Universities, and kept diaries of her numerous trips all over the world. Out-going, confident, dynamic, energetic, and ambitious, she was the heart and soul and conscience of our family. A devout Catholic, Julia attended St. Henry Catholic Church, and worked there in the after-school care program, since she passionately believed that all working mothers needed great support. Father Joseph Patrick Breen will celebrate the Mass of Resurrection in her memory on Saturday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at St. Henry's, 6401 Harding Road. Visitation with family members will be at the church, in Fellowship Hall after the service. During this period of Advent, it was her wish that there should be no flowers sent to console the family members on their loss. In lieu of memorials, please extend an act of kindness to someone in need. Her body has been donated to science at Vanderbilt University. Julia's children wish to thank the staff at Mary, Queen of Angels, the staff at Richland Place, Drs. Timothy Dibble, Curtis Hagenau, Chris Pardue and Alan Cohen for all their attentive care. Our thanks also to Mark Pierce and William E. Turner at Merrill Lynch.

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Paul R. Mayo Sr. says...
Posted Friday, December 3, 2010
An exceptional soul and saddened by learning of her loss, but I'm sure she has the finest of heavenly homes and is protected by the Angels. She will be given the honor of touching the face of God, himself. Wish I could have known her, she was born to be a student/teacher and it's evident that she appreciated the finer arts, points and parts of life.

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