Julia P. Gavin, 84, homemaker and volunteerJulia P. Gavin...

September 30, 1998

Julia P. Gavin, 84, homemaker and volunteer

Julia P. Gavin, a homemaker and volunteer, died Sunday of respiratory failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 84 and had lived at Blakehurst Life Care Community for a year.

Because of her struggle with arthritis, the former Ruxton resident became an active member of the Arthritis Foundation. She helped found an Alzheimer's support group after her husband was diagnosed with the disease.

The former Julia Pierson was born in Roland Park and attended Roland Park Country School. After graduating from Mrs. Gill's Secretarial School, she worked for several downtown stores and a laundry and dry-cleaning firm.

In 1935, she married J. Louis Gavin, an insurance executive who died in 1986.

She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where a memorial Mass will be offered in the Lady Chapel at 10 a.m. today.

A son, Michael B. Gavin, died in 1980.

She is survived by a daughter, Julie P. Gavin of Ruxton; a brother, John A. Pierson of St. Michaels; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Naomi L. Sullivan, a retired caterer and former Hampden resident, died Sunday of heart failure at Westhoff Hospital in Rockledge, Fla. She was 82.

Mrs. Sullivan, a resident of Port St. John, Fla., since 1990, had been a caterer at the Baltimore Civic Center (now Baltimore Arena) for 15 years and retired in the mid-1970s. Earlier, she had worked in the cotton duck mills of Hampden and Woodbury.

The former Naomi Linaburg was born in Carroll County and reared in Baltimore. She left school to help support and raise her siblings.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, William L. Sullivan of Port St. John; two daughters, Shirley Pollard of Port St. John and Catherine Benton of Fork; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/30/98

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