Longtime Abbeville resident Julianne Dye Trenholm, age 79, died Friday, March 20, 2009 in the home she had shared on Millwood Road with her beloved husband of 53 years, the late Peter Trenholm. Julie was born June 21, 1929 in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of the late Theodore Cole Dye and Eleanor Brueshaber Dye. She was preceded in death by her youngest sister, Eleanor "Onnie" Dye Morgan.
Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College in 1951 and a Masters of Education degree from Tufts University in 1953. She started her teaching career at The Harvard Preschool. In addition to raising three children, Julie assisted her husband in Peter Trenholm & Company Investment Council while also being involved in a myriad of volunteer, art and children's organizations. In Kenilworth, Illinois Julie was involved with Junior League, Garden Club, Botanic Gardens, Visiting Nurse Association and the Alter Guild of Holy Comforter Church. While living in Birmingham, Michigan, Julie also was a docent at The Cranbrook Institute of Art.
In Abbeville, Julie served as President of The Board of Opera House Players; was a volunteer with The South Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program serving in Abbeville and Greenwood; was a member of Literary Lantern Book Club and Greenwood Garden Club; and was an ardent supporter of Abbeville Area Medical Center and Piedmont Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels. A special joy to Julie was her membership of the group affectionately dubbed "the sisterhood" by her husband Peter, consisting of Julie, Betty, Maxine and Myra.
Of particular pride to Julie was her involvement with Trinity Episcopal Church, Abbeville. A devout Episcopalian, Julie served in a variety of positions including Chairperson of The Alter Guild.
Julie is survived by 3 children: Shaun and wife Cheryl of Lawrence, Kansas and children Michael and Andrew Blackford and Ashley and Whitley Jackson; Dirk of St. Maries, Idaho; and Sheila and husband Tim Schaffer and children Drew and Reid of Norwalk, Ohio. Julie is also survived by a sister, Phyllis Dye Turner of Terre Haute, Indiana and a brother, Theodore Cole Dye II of Beverly Hills, Michigan.
The family will receive visitors Monday, March 23, 2009 from 4:00 until 6:00 PM at The Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home in Abbeville. A Funeral Eucharist will be celebrated Tuesday, March 24 at 4:00 PM in Trinity Episcopal Church, Abbeville. Interment will follow in Long Cane Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Abbeville; The South Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program; or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 408 West Alexander Ave. Greenwood, SC 29646.