Julia Gray Saunders Michaux

Michaux Grant Family Cemetery

        Julia Gray Saunders Michaux, died Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Westminster Canterbury in Richmond. The widow of Dr. Richard Anderson Michaux, she was born January 23, 1919, in Ashland, VA, and was the daughter of Rose Swann Gray and Junius Morris Saunders. Julia Gray attended Ashland High School and graduated from Sweet Briar College.

        During the Second world War, she was employed by the State Highway Department. She was a member of St. James's Episcopal Church and was one of the first women to serve on the vestry of St. James's. She was a former president of the Junior League of Richmond and was instrumental in starting the Clothes Rack, serving as its first chairman.

        An accomplished gardner, she was president of the James River Garden Club and an active member for many years. She served on the Alumnae Board of Sweet Briar College and was a regional chairman as well as president of the Richmond Club. In 1981, she was elected to the Board of Overseers (now Board of Directors) of Sweet Briar College and served two terms. In 1987, the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association honored her as its Outstanding Alumna.

        Julia Gray's volunteer service to Sheltering Arms Hospital began in the mid-1940s when she joined the Executive Board. She served two terms as president of the Board of Managers. Mrs. Michaux served on the board of Directors during the period when the hospital became a rehabilitation facility. She also served on the Foundation Board. Mrs. Michaux was a member of The Woman's Club and the National Society of the Colonial Dames. She was the Richmond Christmas Mother in 1962.

        Julia Gray was preceded in death by her sisters, Rosalie Saunders Rawlings and Mildred Saunders McGill; and by two nephews. She is survived by her brother, J. Morris Saunders, Jr. and his wife, Betsy Brock Saunders; two nieces, Beth Saunders Downey and Jane Saunders Fortune, both of Richmond; and a nephew, Gray Summerfield Saunders of Lynchburg, VA.

        A funeral service will be held at St. James's Episcopal Church on Friday, September 14, at 12:30 p.m. followed by a reception at the church.

        Burial will be at the Michaux family cemetery at Michaux Grant in Powhatan. Arrangements are being made by Bennett Funeral Home.

        The family will be grateful for memorial contributions made to the St. James's Church Endowment Fund, 1205 West Franklin St., Richmond, VA. 23220.

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