Julie Bull Aymonier, 95, of Little Silver, NJ, died peacefully on February 12, 2021 at her home in Little Silver, NJ. Julie was born in Sumter, South Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Phi Beta Kappa. While there, joined the war effort in 1943 as a part-time draftsman for the Carolina Coastal Defense. After graduating, Julie spent a year in New York City working as a commercial artist. She was in Times Square on VJ Day, August 14,1945, the night WWII ended.
Afterwards, she lived in Dalton, Georgia working as a commercial artist, and studying art for a time in Paris, France, at the National School of Decorative Arts. While in Europe just after WWII, she spent five weeks in a Quaker Work Camp rebuilding a war-damaged village in Belgium.
Upon returning to New York, she met and married Henri Aymonier, an importer of French wines. Julie and Henri moved to Little Silver, NJ in 1957, where they raised five children and greatly enjoyed sailing on the Shrewsbury River. Her favorite pastime was walking along the waves in Long Branch, NJ at sunrise. “There’s no better place to worship,” she would say. “God is there in the wind and the sand and the waves.”
Julie was a true matriarch, and her happiest hours were spent with her family gathered around her. Her family is large and close-knit, made even larger by the number of people whom she pulled close to her heart and welcomed into her home and into the family. Her generosity and love will be remembered with a sweet tenderness to all who knew her.
Surviving are her four daughters, Laurie (Jim) Wilcoxen, Jan Aymonier, Michele (Richard) Gruskos, and Ashley (Jeff) Aymonier Feehan; her son, Henri Aymonier; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Denise Placek, 7 step grandchildren, 12 step great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Julie was preceded in death by her husband Henri Aymonier, step-daughter Monique Hogan and step son-in-law Ed Hogan.
A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Church of the Holy Cross.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to some of her favorite charities: The Walter Hoving Home: hovinghome.org, and birthright.org
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The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.
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