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Julia Lee Droullard Gerwig

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Julia Lee Droullard Gerwig

Known to her family as Judy, passed away at the age of 95 on February 22, 2018, in McKinney, Texas.

Julia was the oldest the four children of Kathryn Erskine Droullard and Harry E. Droullard.

She was born in Mason City, Iowa, on August 10, 1922.

She grew up in Armor Park, South Charleston, West Virginia, with her widowed mother, grandmother and siblings. Julia graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1941 and attended Charleston School of Commerce. Prior to her marriage, she worked as a secretary in the defense industry.

Julia married John Walter Gerwig on December 26, 1944.

Julia enjoyed her life as an Air Force officer’s wife, traveling the country and establishing welcoming homes and warm friendships each place John was stationed. They raised their three children in West Virginia and on or near bases in Kentucky, Minnesota, Kansas, Hawaii, Maryland, Ohio and Alabama. After her husband’s death in 1999, Julia moved to McKinney, Texas, to be near treasured family.

Funeral services for Julia Lee Hanford Droullard Gerwig will be held on Saturday, March 10, at the Ellyson Funeral Home in Glenville, West Virginia.
Visitation will be at 2:00 PM, followed by services at 3:00 PM.

She will be buried at Mt. Carmel Church near Normantown, West Virginia.

Julia was predeceased by her husband; father; mother, Katherine Erskine Droullard Jameson; step-father, Robert Hurd Jameson; brother, Harry Droullard and his wife Kay; sister, Pat Barton and her husband Bill; and all of her husband’s brothers, sisters, and their spouses.

She is survived by three children: John W. Gerwig Jr. (and Kim) of Dallas, Texas; Susan Gerwig Penney (and Monte) of Belle Haven, Virginia; and Kathleen Gerwig Houston (and John) of McKinney, Texas. She is also survived by her brother, Donald Droullard (and Wanda) of Charleston, West Virginia; former daughter-in-law, Peggy Schilling Gerwig; grandchildren, Todd (and Typhony) Gerwig; John. W. Gerwig III (Trey); Christopher M. Houston; Ian J. Houston; Samuel J. Penney; Robert T. Houston; Meredith Houston Wiese (and Maxwell); and step-grandchildren, Jacob Olgreen (and Vanessa); Cameron Dowell and Elizabeth Dowell; nine great-grandchildren; and beloved caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Julia’s honor to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

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