Julia Gardner Sarvey, age 82, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2023 after living an exemplary life. Julia was born Friday, April 19, 1940, in Grover, Wyoming to B. Delos Gardner and Camera Lorean Hepworth. She was the seventh of eight children. She was a friendly, vivacious child who loved spending time outdoors with her siblings and cousins. Julia graduated from Star Valley High in 1958. She then went on to graduate from the University of Wyoming, in 1962, with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Speech and English. Mom was a lifetime Wyoming Cowboys fan and had a deep love for all things involved with the University of Wyoming. While attending college, she was introduced to the love of her life, James Edward Sarvey. They were married June 1, 1963 in the Idaho Falls Temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They made their first home in Laramie while Dad finished school. After his graduation, they moved to Cody, Wyoming where Dad worked for Husky Oil.
Their first child, Natalie, was born while in Cody. They then moved to Dad’s hometown of Glenrock, Wyoming, where Sally, Tom, and Joel joined the family. Mom taught Speech and English for several years at Glenrock High School. The family attended every Herder event whether home or away. These years were filled with many picnics and fishing trips in the mountains. Jim, Julia and family moved to Beaverton, Oregon, in 1978. One year later the family moved back to their beloved Wyoming. They settled in Sheridan for the next 11 years. A son, Jim, completed the family while there. Mom and Dad were busy following kids to athletic and musical events. Julia taught communications at Sheridan College.
The Sarvey family then moved to Gillette, Wyoming. Julia taught Family and Consumer Science for several years at Twin Spruce Junior High and also taught Speech at Gillette College. Upon retirement, they relocated to Glenrock, Wyoming where her time was filled supporting her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her greatest joy in life was her family.
Julia had a great love for life. She was the life of every social gathering and had an infectious smile. She loved people and was a friend to everyone. Julia was a very accomplished public speaker. If you heard her speak, you were inspired and entertained. As a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she has served many people. Her three strongest passions were her faith, her family, and education. She had a strong desire to constantly learn and improve herself.
Julia is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim; her daughter, Natalie; three siblings; and one great grandson.
She is survived by her children, Sally Downs (Brooke), Thomas Sarvey (Karma), Joel Sarvey (Crystal), James Sarvey (Melinda) and Darryl and Jodi Wadsworth (Natalie) along with six siblings and spouses, 29 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Julia Sarvey will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 573 East Lookout Drive, Glenrock, Wyoming, Wednesday, February 8th at 11:00 A.M. Interment will be in the Glenrock Cemetery.
The service can be viewed via Zoom:
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The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com