Julia Donelson Ehrhardt

Published 11:13 am Thursday, January 15, 2015

Julia Ehrhardt

Julia Donelson Ehrhardt

Julia Donelson Ehrhardt, 82, of Vicksburg, died Jan. 13, 2015, at her home.

She was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 16, 1932, to Mildred Turner and Frank Taylor Donelson. She graduated from Miss Hutchison’s School for Girls in Memphis in 1950, and entered Mount Vernon Junior College in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1952. She was queen of the Memphis Cotton Carnival in 1954.

She was a member of the Memphis Junior League, St. John’s Episcopal Church and co-owner of LaBoutique with Martha Drennon Crabtree. Upon her marriage to George Theodore Houston, she moved to Vicksburg in 1970.

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She was an active member of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Vicksburg. She was a founding member of the Holy Trinity Flower Guild, a former vestry member, and was currently director of the Flower Guild. She was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, and served on the board of The Dumbarton House, Washington, D.C. She was a former board member of Vicksburg Hospital. She loved flowers, animals, bridge, travel, and was dedicated to the work of the church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred Turner and Frank Taylor Donelson; her brother, Frank Taylor Donelson (Virginia); and her husbands, George Theodore Houston and Robert Donald Ehrhardt .

She is survived by three nieces, Helen Johnson Donelson, Mildred Donelson Huffman (Gary), Virginia and Donelson Curry (Edward); seven great-nieces, two great-great-nephews, and three great-great-nieces.

Visitation will be in the parish hall at The Church of the Holy Trinity at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, with the funeral service to follow at 10:30.

Interment will be 10 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Church of the Holy Trinity (900 South Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180), Paws Rescue (P.O. Box 13, Redwood, MS 39156), The Dumbarton House (2715 Q Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20007), or a charity of the donor’s choice.


About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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