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Funeral services will be held at the Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce St., Bridgeton on Friday morning February 22nd at 11 o'clock where friends will be received from 10 until 11. The interment will follow the services and take place at the Quaker Meeting Cemetery in Greenwich. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Greenwich Friends Meeting, PO Box 18, Greenwich, NJ 08323. For a more complete version of the obituary please visit freitagfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries » Julia Davies

Julia H. “Judy” Davies was born on May 27, 1918 in Rancocas, NJ, to the late Amos Hansell, Sr. and Lydia Cole Hansell. Judy grew up on a farm near Rancocas; she graduated from Burlington High School in 1935. She was predeceased by her husband James W. Davies in 1986.

Judy received a degree from Trenton State College in 1939 with majors in English and history. She earned a Master of Arts from the Breadloaf School of English in Middlebury, VT. While at Bread Loaf, she had the privilege of meeting her favorite poet Robert Frost, who resided in a cabin near the campus. She taught English at both Burlington High School and Fairlawn High School.

Judy and her husband moved to Bridgeton in 1947. After enjoying her years as a stay-at-home mom, Judy continued her education and earned her librarian certification at Glassboro State College. She became a member of the team that inaugurated libraries in the Bridgeton elementary schools and served as a school librarian at Cherry St. School from 1966 to 1979.

Upon her retirement, she began volunteering in a variety of places where she could utilize her library skills. Over the next two decades, she offered her services to the BOSS Cultural Center, the Immaculate Conception Regional School, Woodland Country Day School, and the Greenwich Friends Meeting.

Judy was a birthright Quaker and cherished her membership in the Greenwich Meeting. She also enjoyed her membership in the Research Club whose members remained constant friends even after she could no longer attend the meetings.

Members of both groups joined Judy’s friends and neighbors for a joyous celebration of her 100th birthday last May.

Judy never lost her love of literature and reading, a joy she continued to share with her great-grandchildren.

Surviving is her daughter, Bronwen Sewall (John) of Bridgeton, her sons Thomas Davies (Daniel) of Vineland, William Davies of Arlington, TX and her brother Amos Hansell, Jr. of Coral Springs, FL. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Arthur W. Sewall (Beth), Owen M. Sewall, Miranda Fender (Aaron), and Justin Davies (Bonnie). Other survivors include seven great-grandchildren: Laine Fender, Lennox Sewall, Cordelia Sewall, Gwendolyn Sewall, Damien Sewall, Gabriel Sewall and Mary Margot Davies. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Elinor Hansell.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services at the Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce St., Bridgeton on Friday morning February 22nd at 11 o’clock where friends will be received from 10 until 11.

The interment will follow the services and take place at the Quaker Meeting Cemetery in Greenwich.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Greenwich Friends Meeting, PO Box 18, Greenwich, NJ 08323.