Julie Gillett Diersing, age 66, achieved her eternal reward on March 31, 2019. She was born August 24, 1952 to the late James Garnot Gillett and Julia Louise Collins in Kingsville, Texas.
Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Texas A&I University in 1974 and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&I University at Corpus Christi in 1977. She was a career high school teacher and spent 37 years at Mary Carroll High School teaching shorthand, typing, and business computer applications. During her many years at Carroll High School, she was much more than a teacher—she was a mentor and true friend to many students who loved her and she loved in return. Both then and now, they refer to her as “Mama D.” After her retirement in 2013, she enjoyed her dogs, keeping in contact with former students, playing Mah-Jongg, gardening, home DIY projects, more frequent vacations and visits with friends, and talking to her friends on the phone daily. Julie was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Diersing; daughters, Julia Diane and Emily Catherine Diersing; brother, James Garnot (Becky Brown) Gillett, Jr.; and niece Hannah Louise Gillett.
Visitation will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, followed by a Prayer Service at 3:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 7522 Everhart in Corpus Christi. Graveside Service will be at 2;00 p. m. on Wednesday, April 10, at Chamberlain Cemetery in Kingsville. Words of comfort may be shared with thefamily at www.turcottepipermortuary.com.
Donations in Julie’s honor may be made to the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation http://triumphoverkidcancer.org/
Services have been entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary in Kingsville, Texas.
Even though my only contact with Julie for 50 plus years has been through Facebook, she will always have a special place in my heart. We grew up together since our parents were good friends. She was so proud of you Garnot, I wish I could have been there today to give you a hug. My deepest sympathy is with all of you at this time. Love, Martha
Martha Halberdier TheissHumble, TX
My deepest condolences to Julie’s family for your loss.
I personally have so many fond memories of Julie.
We both played flutes in the band together starting at Memorial Junior High School. We were members of the graduating class of 1970 at H.M. King High School.
She will be dearly missed.
Keeping your family in my thoughts and praying for the blessings of comfort and peace at this sad time.
Ellen Jesse BergmannCorpus Christi, TX
Robert, Julia and Emily. My heart is broken for you and I pray for Christ’s peace and comfort for you all. I will miss Julie’s beautiful smile and amazing sense of humor. My family is richer having known her. God bless. ~ Lani
Lani TrotterCorpus Christi, TX
Robert - So sorry for your loss. Many years have passed since St. Elizabeth's and high school. Condolences to you and your family.
Jim OlsovskyCypress, TX
Julie was a jewel of a person, prayers go out for her family and friends, she made the world a better place, we are so lucky to have been a friend
Robert & Sara SmithBaytown, TX
God be with Robert and his daughters during this time of mourning. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless
Edie BluntzerSandia, TX
Robert and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Just found out today, will be thinking of you over the next several days.
Mike DanielPort Aransas, TX
I was so sorry to hear about Julie. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time, Garnot.
Carol Sharp StriplingFort Worth, TX
Emily and Julia, Your mother was a dear friend and co-teacher. She will be missed by many people. She was so very proud to be the mother of two beautiful, smart, and loving daughters. I pray that God will comfort you during this difficult time. Cindy Prowse
Cindy Dennis ProwseCorpus christi, TX
Garnot and Hannah sorry for your loss may your Sister/ Aunt Rip ...God bless 🙏
Norma GonzalezKingsville, TX
Prayers for Garnott and family. Julie and I were school mates and she was always an enjoyable and fun person. So sorry that you have lost Julie and my prayers will be with all of you. God Bless
JOYCE COLLINSLEANDER, TX