CHASE, JULIA GEHAN, of Sanford, died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at her home on Crystal Lake. Julie was born November 23, 1911, near Tallahassee, the daughter of Fred and Alice (Whitehead) Gehan. Her family moved to East Hartford, CT shortly after her birth, and she grew up there until 1927 when her family returned to Tallahassee. She graduated from High School in Tallahassee and then attended Florida State College for Women, graduating with a degree in food and nutrition in 1932. She worked for the college food service until called to work for the Episcopal Diocese of Florida as Secretary of the Episcopal student center, Ruge Hall, and Director of Summer Camps for the diocese. On May 15, 1943, she married Lieutenant Randall Chase, USNR, of Sanford at St. John's Church, Tallahassee. They returned to Sanford in 1945 and lived there until her death. She was predeceased by her husband Randall Chase. She is survived by three children, Laura D. Chase of Pittsford, VT, the Rev. Randall Chase, Jr. of Chelsea, MA and Joshua C. Chase and his wife Chris of Gainesville, FL, her two grandsons, Peter B. Chase of Atlanta and Andrew R. Chase of Boston and many nieces and nephews. She was active at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, was the first woman elected to vestry; was on the founding board of Bram Tower; she helped expand the Girl Scouts in Sanford and was active on the board of the Citrus Council of Girl Scouts for many years and she also served as secretary of the board of the FSU Alumni Association. She was a member of the committee that oversaw the planning of the renovation of the old capital building in Tallahassee, and was active in supporting the arts in Central Florida. She was also a member of the Y Chapter of PEO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions are sent to the Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 410 South Magnolia Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771. Friends are invited to call for visitation on Sunday, April 1, 2007, from 6-8PM at the funeral home. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 11AM at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Brisson Funeral Home, Sanford, FL.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on 3/31/2007.