Barbara Jean Bishop Jesse
January 18, 1931  -  January 11, 2019

Barbara Jean Bishop Jesse

TurcottePiper Mortuary
205 General Cavazos Blvd.
Kingsville, TX  78363
Thursday, January 24, 2019
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Funeral Service
TurcottePiper Mortuary Chapel
205 General Cavazos Blvd.
Kingsville, TX  78363
Friday, January 25, 2019
10:00 a.m.
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Chamberlain Cemetery
735 West Casear Avenue
Kingsville, TX  78363
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Barbara Jean Bishop Jesse, 87, passed away on January 11, 2019, in Corpus Christi, Texas, after leading a long and meaningful life in the Bishop and Kingsville communities. Barbara was born on January 18, 1931, in Enid, Oklahoma. Her parents, Ellen Moritz Bishop and Solon Virgil Bishop settled in South Texas with Barbara and her sister Sue. Barbara attended Texas A&I College, where she met Emil Richard Jesse. They were married on August 27th, 1950 in Kingsville. Together they raised four children in the Bishop and Kingsville communities.
Family was the center of her life. In addition to loving and nurturing her own children, Barbara was a dedicated teacher for over thirty years in the Kingsville Independent School District, retiring in the late 1990’s. She enjoyed visits and chance meetings with her students to hear where their lives had taken them. Barbara loved to read. She loved to laugh, look at pictures and tell stories about life. Her smile was contagious and her kindness touched many people’s lives. Three of her children became teachers and the fourth an engineer – all influenced Barbara’s love of learning.
Barbara was a treasured daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt. She is survived by her four children and their spouses; Ellen and Bill Bergmann, Corpus Christi, Texas; Stuart and Janis Jesse, Georgetown, Texas; Bennett Jesse, Corpus Christi, Texas; and Graham Jesse, Portland, Texas; five grandchildren: Colt Jesse and Cass Jesse of Port St. Lucie, Florida; Skylar Jesse of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Kailey Jesse and Nathan Jesse of Portland, Texas; her sister, Sue Dennis of San Antonio, Texas; her sister-in-law, Mildred Jesse George and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
There will be a visitation at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Chamberlain Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the charity of your choice.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd. Kingsville, Texas 78363.

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  1. Mildred george
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Dear,dear Barbara'. We had some really fun times together over the years. I will treasure the memories. Emil was lucky to have you as his wife. I was lucky to have you as sister in law.

  2. Barbara Dennis Biel
    San Antonio, TX

    I will always hold a special place in my heart for my dear Aunt Barbara, as she was my namesake. She was always so kind and loving towards me and I will miss her. My prayers are with all my cousins that God will bring you comfort.

  3. Cindy Dennis Prowse
    Corpus Christi, TX

    My Aunt Barbara always encouraged me and, from my earliest memories, my visits with her left me feeling happy and positive. Her smile was beautiful and her laughter was infectious. I suppose her musical laugh accompanies the joyful singing in heaven.
    Cindy Dennis Prowse

  4. Sue Bishop Dennis
    San Antonio, TX

    My sister Barbara was a born teacher. As a child she was just enough older than me when she began teaching me things she decided I needed. One summer she told me I needed to know how to play the saxophone. So we had lessons all summer. Next she helped me home school faster than planned so that I began High School a year earlier than my former classmates! And she helped me with Biology, saw that my parents allowed me to attend a Methodist Convocation for young people, then to attend Summer Theatre in Colorado while in college. She fought for me all my life.
    God bless her now in a life with Christ. Sue Bishop Dennis

  5. Fred Fredlund
    Austin, TX

    My Aunt Barbra was such an important part of my youthful times in Kingsville. A wonderful lady. I will miss her greatly.
    My warmest sympathies for the Jessie family.

  6. Judy and Carroll Pate
    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

    Sending love and comfort to Mrs. Jesse's family.

  7. Kailey Jesse
    Portland-Calallen-Kingsville, TX

    Grandma,
    I wish I could see you smile just one more time. I wish I could hear your voice. Although I know you are in better hands, it is hard to let you go. I keep looking at all the pictures and it's incredibly difficult. I'll see you again some day.

  8. Graham Jesse
    Portland, TX

    You were always there for me. Love you!

  9. Sue Bishop Dennis
    San Antonio, TX

    My sister Barbara was a born teacher. As a child she was just enough older than me when she began teaching me things she decided I needed. One summer she told me I needed to know how to play the saxophone. So we had lessons all summer. Next she helped me home school faster than planned so that I began High School a year earlier than my former classmates! And she helped me with Biology, saw that my parents allowed me to attend a Methodist Convocation for young people, then to attend Summer Theatre in Colorado while in college. She fought for me all my life.
    God bless her now in a life with Christ. Sue Bishop Dennis

  10. Pam Hill
    Kingsville, TX

    I will always treasure my friendship with Barbara. She was a golden human. I am holding her family deep in my heart.

  11. Bill and Ellen Jesse Bergmann
    Corpus Christi, TX

    How blessed we were to have had you as our precious mother. It’s difficult to imagine life without you, but your love is forever tucked into the deepest parts of our hearts. We are grateful to you for providing us with such enriched lives so that we could be successful. You are so loved. Until we meet again, we will try to live by your example.

  12. Rosie Rios
    Kingsville, TX

    Mrs. Jesse was a wonderful, loving teacher back in the 60's when she taught at Colston elementary school. She was always encouraging her students. Mrs. Jesse was an awesome, loving educator here in Kingsville. May the Holy Spirit comfort you during this difficult time in the loss of your wonderful mom.
    Rosie Garcia

  13. Janis & Stuart Jesse
    Georgetown, TX

    With all our love, admiration, and thanks for joyful memories.

  14. Dwayne Duncan
    Bardstown, KY

    What a wonderful lady, neighbor and friend. I cherish the days that Graham and I spent together. She made me feel like one of the family. She made the best sweet tea! So sorry for your loss, she will be missed.

  15. Stuart Jesse
    Georgetown, TX

    Miss you mom.

    Love

    Stuart

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