GUILFORD, Conn. - Julia Taft Jonathan, born Julia Wilson Taft, of Guilford, Conn., passed away on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
She was the loyal wife of Jeff Jonathan and devoted mother to three daughters, Eliza, Sarah and Annie. She is survived by two sisters and a brother, all of whom remained close to Julia both as siblings and as friends.
Julia was born on May 13, 1958, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Lloyd Bowers Taft and Virginia Stone Taft. Julia was the great-granddaughter of President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft and granddaughter of Senator Robert Taft of Ohio. She graduated from the Taft School in Watertown, Conn. in 1976 and then attended Yale University, proudly captaining the women's soccer team before graduating in 1980.
Always a teacher and an innovator, Julia taught at Hamden Hall School before relocating to Lake Placid where she spent many years living and teaching at Camp Treetops and North Country School, and was continuously involved in both programs. To the time of her death she actively participated in the camp and school, serving on the board of trustees for many years.
Julia began her nursing education at Pace University before returning to the New Haven area. She later attended Yale University a second time, becoming a nurse practitioner in 2007. She found application for her nursing passion with the Yale New Haven Orthopedics group.
Throughout her life, Julia had a wonderful love of running, knitting, gardening, crossword puzzles, cookbooks and good conversation. She will be missed by all who shared these loves along the way.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the First Congregational Church, 122 Broad St, Guilford. Arrangements were in care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford.
Contributions in memory of Julia Jonathan can be made to North Country School/Camp Treetops, 4382 Cascade Rd, Lake Placid, NY, 12946.
To share a memory or leave a message of condolence for the family, visit www.guilfordfuneralhome.com.