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Julia Patton Ayers

November 18, 1923 February 7, 2019
Julia Patton Ayers
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Julia Evelyn Patton Ayers was born on November 18,1923, the 4th child to Eulah Yates Patton and James Lawrence Patton in Pruntytown, WV. Her 3 older brothers, Leland (Elvena), Bill (Betty), and Paul (Betty), and her 2 younger sisters Ruth (Hobart) and Alice Jean, kept life interesting as a child growing up and have all been waiting on her to join them in heaven.
The family moved to Grafton, WV, and eventually to Clarksburg, WV, where Julia graduated in 1941 from Washington Irving High School. She was actively involved in the school year book, newspaper, and many other activities. She met her future husband W. Paul Ayers while on a double date – but not with each other – Paul just stole her away from the other guy😊
After graduation, Julia worked for the local Chevrolet Company and then Hope Gas Co. before catching a train to marry Paul, who became a member of the Coast Guard, in San Francisco on June 12, 1943. During this time, Julia worked for Shell Chemical Co., where plastics were first invented.
After the war, they returned to Maple Lake, an area outside of Clarksburg, WV, where W. Paul Jr. was born in 1953. She worked for the Union National Bank, then the Veterans Administration, and then as secretary to a senior partner in the Law offices of Steptoe & Johnson. They moved back to Clarksburg where they welcomed their second child, Linda Lou, in 1954.
In 1955, Paul and Julia moved to Florida, built 2 hotels in St. Petersburg: The Crown and The Coronet, and welcomed their 3rd child James Richard in 1956 and their 4th Mark Alan in 1958. Mom would have told you her family was complete!
Paul went to work for Hertz Corp., and the family really began to move – Orlando, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Glen Cove Long Island, NY; Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL; back to Pittsburgh; and finally settling down in Phoenix in 1976. In 1977, she joined Governor Wes Bolin on his staff, stayed on as Office Manager for Governor Bruce Babbitt, and retired shortly after Governor Mecham took office. Paul and Julia finally “retired” together to Sun City West.
Julia was never one to sit around; she became Queen of Qadesh Temple, Daughters of the Nile, a sister organization to the Shriners, where she worked hard to benefit the Shriners Hospitals. She was also very active in the Capitol Museum Guild doing tours for student groups in our state capitol.
An avid embroiderer, which she did in her “spare time,” Julia kept up her extremely active life style, traveling, helping others, and being involved until her early 90s. Her grandkids would say “she had a more active social calendar than I do.”
Paul, after 58 years of marriage, passed away in June of 2001. Julia continued to live in Sun City West until she moved to Fellowship Christian Care’s independent living apartments in 2013.
Julia passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 7, 2019. She had a long and full life! She is survived by her children Paul and Darlene from Chicago IL; Linda and Lou from Phoenix, AZ; Jim and Sarah from Rochester, NY; and Mark and Rita from Phoenix, AZ. She has 8 grandchildren: 4 who are married,1 is engaged, and 3 are still accepting offers. Julia has 4 great grandchildren who were able to get to know their great grandmother over the last 12 years.
Julia will be missed by all who knew her, but we are thankful she has gone to be with our Savior Jesus Christ!
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that you please send directed donations to Qadesh Temple General Fund (her Daughters of the Nile group) or Hospice of the Valley. Donations for Brookdale Alzheimer and Dementia Home should be made payable to Linda Rodl who will distribute them to the caregivers.

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5:00 PM 2/11/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2/11/2019 8:00:00 PM
Heritage Funeral Chapel

6830 West Thunderbird Road
Peoria, AZ 85381

Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 West Thunderbird Road Peoria 85381 AZ
United States





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Heritage Funeral Chapel

6830 West Thunderbird Road
Peoria, AZ 85381

Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 West Thunderbird Road Peoria 85381 AZ
United States

Cemetery Details


National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona Final Resting Place

23029 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix , AZ 85024

23029 N. Cave Creek Road Phoenix 85024 AZ
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hospice of the Valley

1510 E. Flower St.
Phoenix, AZ 85014

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