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Julia Pappas Newsham
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Birth: May 16, 1924
Death: Jun. 23, 2012

Louisana, New Orleans - Julia Newsham, a New Orleans resident since the early 1950s, died at age 88 on Saturday, June 23, 2012 after a prolonged illness.

She will be remembered by many for her active participation in the vocal arts as a performer and for her vigorous support of fledgling singers over many decades in their own pursuit of vocal careers.

She served on the Board of Governors and later the Executive Board of the New Orleans Opera Association, served a term as President of the Women's Guild, and chaired or participated in many fundraising events to promote activities and operation of the Opera.

Julia chaired or participated in fundraising and oversight activities held by the New Orleans opera support group Amici and by the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Gulf Coast Region, to audition and select winners locally and in New York for stipends and scholarships among aspiring singers. She was Overture to the Cultural Season, whose aim was to provide scholarships to aspiring artists among all of the performing arts.

Julia moved to New Orleans from Memphis, Tennessee, where she was born on May 16, 1924, to Greek immigrant parents, George and Helen Pappas.

It was from them that she developed her musical ear, leading her to solo stints on the radio as a child soprano with the Bry's Juvenile Hour and as an adolescent performer in Junior High School with Young America Sings. In New Orleans, Julia engaged as a young adult in a social whirl that included opera singer Norman Treigle and playwright Tennessee Williams.

To support herself she served at Ochsner Clinic as a Medical Records Librarian. She performed as soloist and chorus member with uptown places of worship; St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church with choral director Lorraine Wright, Rayne Memorial Methodist Church with choral director Jack Hutton, Temple Sinai and Touro Synagogue.

She met and married the late John Chauncey Newsham and together they raised their sons Philip Peter "Biff" Newsham and Terrence Tanner Newsham, now of Tallahassee, Florida, and their daughter Sally Newsham Inglis (Mrs. John Inglis), now of San Diego, California. John and Julia participated in the operation of the Royal Oak Restaurant in Gretna, Louisiana, which came to be widely hailed for its Greek cuisine as well as local favorites.

They participated together in support of the local Opera and made many friends over the years and will be missed.

In addition to her children, Julia is survived by her grandchildren, Sean Michael Fraser Inglis and Heather Alexis Inglis. Also surviving Julia are her brother, Andrew Pappas and sister, Dorothy Huston (Mrs. David Huston) and their children and grandchildren.

The Wake will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 29.

A visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 30 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70122.

Burial will follow in Metairie Cemetery.

A Makaria (repast) will be held at the cathedral hall following the burial.

Donations can be made in her memory to: New Orleans Opera Association; 1010 Common St., Steve 1820; New Orleans, LA 70112; or to AMICI; 232 Lake Marina Drive, #8B; New Orleans, LA 70124.

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, (504)486-6331

Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 28, 2012 
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  George A Pappas (1893 - 1955)
  Helen Ritsou Pappas (1902 - 1988)
  John Chauncey Newsham (1924 - 2001)*
*Calculated relationship
Metairie Cemetery
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA
Maintained by: Sally N. Inglis
Originally Created by: Linda Wayman
Record added: Jun 28, 2012
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Julia <i>Pappas</i> Newsham
Added by: Sally N. Inglis
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I miss you so much Mom, especially around my birthday. You made me feel so loved.
- Sally N. Inglis
 Added: Jul. 25, 2014
I love you and miss you, Mom!
- Sally N. Inglis
 Added: Oct. 21, 2012

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