Julia Myers Clay 87, formerly of Wyndmoor, a retired elementary school teacher, died Nov. 62 at Foulkeways, a retirement community in Gwynedd.
Mrs. Clay had taught kindergarten and second grade at Chestnut Hill Academy for 12 years before retiring in 1975. In retirement she had worked at the Leather Bucket, an antiques shop in Chestnut Hill where she could combine her skills as a decorator with her love of antiques.
Born in Wyndmoor, she was a graduate of Springfield High School and Randolph Macon Women’s College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and played field hockey, basketball and volleyball for all four years, earning a position on the Virginia State Field Hockey Team.
Mrs. Clay was an accomplished cook, hosting large family gatherings for the holidays, an avid gardener and a skilled needleworker, completing many sewing, needlepoint and knitting projects over her lifetime.
She had a special affection for the coast of Maine, to which she was introduced at an early age, and enjoyed spending summers in Winter Harbor with her husband, the late Edward B. Clay Jr. She was a longtime member of the Winter Harbor Yacht Club, Sunnybrook Golf Club, the Random Garden Club and the Acorn Club of Philadelphia.
She is survived by sons Edward, of Bryn Mawr, Philip, of New Canaan, Conn., and Peter, of Wentham, Mass.; a daughter, Julie Pearson, of Winter Harbor, Maine; 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held Dec. 21 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. Memorial donations may be made to St. Christopher’s Church, c/o M. Bennett, Treasurer, P.O. Box 388, Winter Harbor, ME 04693, or to The Nature Conservancy, P.O. Box 6014, Account #646320, Albert Lea, MN 56007. – WF
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