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Julia "Julie" Hay Leland Gervais

Julia "Julie" Hay Leland Gervais
  • September 23, 1928 - April 14, 2020
  • Johns Island, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
  • St. Johns Parish Church
    3673 Maybank Highway
    Johns Island, SC 29455

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“I am thinking of you and your family, and remembering your mother fondly. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Anne Baggett - Summerville, SC

“My heartfelt condolences to family and friends of Miss Julie. May she rest in eternal peace. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Rita Schneider - John's Island, SC

“Sending lots of love to everyone in the Gervais family. Miss Julie was such a wonderful lady. The image that comes to my mind is that of her warm...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Guerry Glover - Johns Island, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss of your dear wife, mother, and grandmother. What a blessing she was to all of you and...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Carolyn Kohler Brown - SC

“Our hearts are indeed saddened to hear about "Miss" Julie. She was such a dear friend and inspiration to our family for many years. Our prayers...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Bob & Sarah Wannamaker - North, SC

“Our prayers are with you all during this time of bereavement. May you all be comforted by many wonderful memories of Mrs. Gervais and may you all...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Intrepid Hospice Staff

“"Miss" Julie, you will be greatly missed. My kindergarten teacher at Sea Island and a family friend for decades, I will always remember her hearty...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Ellen Schmidt - NEW YORK, NY


Julia ("Julie") Hay Leland Gervais of Johns Island, SC passed away peacefully at her home, on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at the age of 91. A private burial will be held at the graveside at St. Johns Parish Church, Johns Island. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at a later time. Arrangements by Stuhr's West Ashley Chapel.

Julie was born September 23, 1928 at the home of her maternal grandmother on Wadmalaw Island, SC. She was the daughter of Julia Oakman Hay Leland and Kenneth Wilson Leland. She was a graduate of St. Johns High School of Johns Island. She attended Winthrop College and later completed LPN training at Roper Nursing School in Charleston, SC. She was employed as a private nurse in the Charleston area for several years.
Julie left nursing when she married her husband, Philip Emanuel Gervais, in 1952. They lived briefly in Columbia, SC while Philip served at Ft Jackson in the US Army, later returning to Johns Island, SC for the remainder of their nearly 68-year marriage.

After raising their four children, Julie returned to work as a kindergarten teacher at Sea Island Baptist School and later at Sea Island Academy of Johns Island for a total of 22 years.
She was an active member of St. John's Parish Church, Johns Island, where she served for many years on the Altar guild and as a Vacation Bible School teacher and coordinator.

Julie is survived by her husband Philip and their four children, Julia "Judy" G. Edgerton (Neal), Louise G. Miller (Walt), Philip E. Gervais, Jr., and Kenneth L. Gervais (Kelly); eight grandchildren, Julia "Liza" Edgerton Adcock (Steve), Robert N. Edgerton (Stephanie), Andrew R. Miller, Zachary P. Miller, Mary "Clair" Miller, Hannah G. Miller, Anna G. Henderson (Russell), and Emma G. Iacomino (Anthony); one great-grandchild, John L. G. Henderson; a brother, Aaron W. Leland, and many nieces and nephews.. She was predeceased by her brother Kenneth W. Leland, Jr.

The family would like to thank Sandra Halsey of Carolina Health Care of Charleston, who has helped care for Julie for the past 2 years, and Theresa, nurse with Intrepid Hospice, who was a great help to us over the past month.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St John's Parish Church, 3673 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, or to the charity of your choice.

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