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 Julia Greeley

Julia Greeley

Birth
Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri, USA
Death 7 Jun 1918
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Burial Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Plot In the Basilica, next to the Altar
Memorial ID 12678 · View Source
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Folk Figure. Julia Greeley was an ex-slave with a patch over one eye. Julia was born in Hannibal, Missouri, but the exact date of her birth is unknown. Also, her surname is also unknown. She adopted the surname of Greeley, the reasons are unknown. Some say she took the surname from Horace Greeley, when she was a maid to his second wife. Julia, came to Colorado in the late 1800's. She arrived by train, with Mrs. Gilpin and her four children. Julia was the nurse and servant in the employ of Governor William Gilpin. She served in this position until it was ended by death. Julia was remembered in Mrs. Gilpin's will, and received a gift money, that could have resulted in Julia having a comforable life. However, with Julia the poor and needy came first, and she gave the money away, this included her own grave plot. Julia, was baptized a Roman Catholic in 1880, and belonged to the third order of Saint Francis, taking the name of Elizabeth. She was a daily communicant and fasted daily. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish, in Denver, Colorado. Julia stricken with illness on Friday, June 7, 1918, on her way to Sacred Heart church. Julia died in St. Joseph Hospital, Denver on Friday, June 7, 1918. Her Funeral was held at Sacred Heart Church, Julia was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. In 1950 Agnes Mary Urquhart and her daughter Marjorie purchased the Headstone for Julia's grave. After her death in 1918, a miracle was attributed to Julia, in the total recovery of a cancer patient as reported by Doctor Martin Currigan. The family of the patient prayed to Julia, for her intercession. This reported intercession, coupled with Julia's life of holiness, led to efforts to have her canonized, in the 1970's. Julia has yet to be beatified.

On Friday, May 26, 2017, Julia Greeley moved a step closer to sainthood. Her body was exhumed as part of the sainthood investigation.

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the 99th anniversary of Julia Greeley's death, her remains were moved to the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Denver, CO) Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodrigues-Novelo officiated and Blessed the mortal remains of Julia Greeley during a public ceremony and viewing. Julia Greeley, now has the title; Servant of God! After the viewing the remains were sealed in funerary box made of purple Heart wood, and placed in a prominent spot next to the Altar. Julia Greeley is the first person buried at the Cathedral.

Bio by: DeborahDennis


  • Maintained by: DeborahDennis
  • Added: 23 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12678
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Julia Greeley (unknown–7 Jun 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12678, citing Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by DeborahDennis (contributor 46594042) .