Daryl Ida (Jervis) Stone
April 10, 1926 – July 28, 2020
In 1935, in the midst of the great depression, a young Daryl Jervis started the Jervis Studio in Toledo, OH with her brother Quentin and their mother Ida. Quentin, in high school at the time, started teaching tap and ballroom dance to a few students at Wernerts Grade School. Soon they opened a storefront on Douglas Road. Daryl, who had been studying dance, soon began teaching ballet. During World War II, when Quentin was transferred to California to fight with the Flying Tigers, Daryl took over and continued teaching tap, ballet, and baton twirling. After teaching for a year at the Douglas Road location she opened a new space in the local Arthur Murray Studio. Along the way she continued learning, going to Cleveland on Mondays to study tap and ballet and heading monthly to Detroit to study classical ballet. Daryl, along with her mother, spent every summer taking classes in New York, Chicago, and Hollywood. She joined the National Association of Dance Affiliated Artists and taught at the conventions. In 1951 she and her husband Bill purchased an old home at 1717 Jefferson Avenue and refurbished it, transforming it into a facility with six rooms for dance and music instruction. This new location brought a new level of popularity.
Needing to expand, in 1955, they purchased a building on Monroe Street in west Toledo- and it was just the beginning. They opened a studio in the Great Eastern Shopping Center and also in the south end on Glanzman Road. Along with four active studios in Toledo and outskirts, they had Ohio studios in Port Clinton, Oak Harbor, Swanton, Sylvania, Delta, and studios in Blissfield and Adrian, Michigan. Daryl’s students were regulars on a Lloyd Thaxtor’s weekly television talent show, they appeared in the Under the Stars shows at the Toledo Zoo, and were also featured at the Toledo Flower Show. In each late spring, a grand recital was presented titled “The Stairway to the Stars.” Each recital had a specific theme and stage sets. Early shows had live musical performances with vocals students performing as well.
Daryl and Bill began to teach ballroom and etiquette classes. Their ballroom group appeared on TV commercials and at local dinner clubs. They also organized a baton twirling troop, the Seaway Sprites, that performed in numerous parades. Summer sessions were developed. A ‘Dance Wagon’ provided transportation for students. The progressive Daryl Jervis Dance Studio received national recognition and was featured in Show Magazine, with an article written by former student Gloria Steinum.
In 1962, Max Gerber, sports information director for the Toledo University Rockets, asked Daryl to start a group which could entertain during halftime at basketball games. She created the Toledo Rockettes, the first collegiate dance team, a tradition which carries on to this day. They performed at home basketball and football games and traveled as far as New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl and New York City’s Madison Square Garden. In 1965, they were sent on a government assignment. Daryl, Bill and 11 of the Rockettes entertained for eight weeks at Army Non-Commissioned Officer Clubs in southern Germany. Returning, they were greeted by many fans and appeared on local T.V.
In 1986, after nearly 50 years of studying and teaching dance, Daryl retired and moved to Key Largo, Florida. The studio has continued on in her name and still thrives.
Daryl enjoyed her retirement with frequent overseas trips. After hurricane Irma flooded the house in September 2017 she moved to Asheville NC and spent her remaining years there.
Survived by Son Brad Stone, Asheville NC Daughter in law Valerieann, Asheville NC Grandson Philip (Captain), Fort Bragg NC Granddaughter Autumn (PA-C), Annapolis MD Son Brent, McLean VA Daughter in law Linda, McLean VA Grandson Nicholas, NYC NY Grandson Alexander NYC NY Longtime companion Melvin Johnson, Asheville NC Preceded by Husband William Stone, Toledo OH Grandson Russell Stone, Asheville NC
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Daryl Ida (Jervis) Stone
Red and Marie Henson
August 9, 2020
So many events here in Key Largo, so much fun,laughter and happiness.
Daryl is very special, and will always be special.
August 8, 2020
At this time I would like to send my condolences to all family related to Daryl Jervis Stone. I have so many warm memories of good times shared with Daryl and family living in Ottawa Hills , Key Largo and of course the dance recital‘s. I feel blessed that she touched my life personally. Words are not enough to express my appreciation for having such a loving devoted godmother. She will be sorely missed. I wish all of you the very best now and in the future. Love Kelly Mchaffie/Francis
August 8, 2020
Daryl taught me tap at 3 years old and continued my instruction throughout high school. Stairway to the Stars was the culmination of what we learned in dance class. Once she asked me to sing a solo on stage for the recital and I was hooked. She encouraged me to always do more and that mentorship prepared me to an audition for the Musical Theatre program at the University of Cincinnati. I went on to receive my Actors Equity card and perform with Juliet Prowse, Larry Kirt, Martha Raye and Margaret Hamilton in professional productions around the country. I've thought of how she started so many others in addition to me from Toledo Ohio who thrived on the professional stage. Thanks Daryl for giving the little girl from North Toledo her start in performance and a rewarding career! Brad and Brent you were little guys but thank you for sharing your Mom . May she Rest in Peace. Kathy Jaworski-Belsole
August 6, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I saw her picture and knew her right away! I am 64 years old and myself, my sister and brother all took dance from your Mom! What a sweetheart! We were at the little studio on Sylvania Ave (or maybe it was Monroe St.) in Toledo, Ohio! Such great memories of classes and recitals at Whitmer High School! Gods blessings for your family!🙏🏼
August 5, 2020
My sincerest condolences to the Stone Family. I took ballroom dancing lessons from Daryl and Bill in 1957 &1958 at Harvard Elementary School in Toledo, OH. After that, Daryl asked me and a friend, Larry Sayre, if we would be interested in working for her, teaching ballroom dancing at various junior high schools and classes in the Toledo area. We accepted and worked for her and Bill for the next 3 years. We had great fun, met lots of people, and really enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere Daryl and Bill had in their dance lessons. A great couple who treated everyone with respect, I will always remember those times.