Leppert Mortuaries – Carmel

900 N. Rangeline Rd., Carmel, IN


Julia Carolyn Roberts

April 7, 1950May 20, 2020

Julia Carolyn Roberts (Nichols) passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Carmel, IN at the age of 70. The bookends of her life were family and education. She is survived by her mother, Mary Nichols, sister Shirley Nichols Gardner (Al), (West Bloomfield, MI), brother, Ronald Nichols (Deanne) (Indianapolis, IN), daughters Erica Roberts (Colorado Springs, CO), Erin Roberts (Washington, DC), Evan Roberts (Sanford, FL). She is preceded in death by her father, Tommy Nichols and brother Tyrone Nichols (Gary, IN). Julia is survived by her grandchildren (Madysen Roberts, Anaya Roberts, Jeremiah Roberts, Ella Roberts, Idol Roberts, Kendall Roberts), nieces and nephew, uncles, aunts and cousins. Julia was born on April 7, 1950 in Amory, MS to Tommy and Mary Nichols. She graduated from Tolleston High School (Gary, IN), Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a Nursery School – Kindergarten endorsement and graduate studies at Butler University in Education. Julia received many accolades during her professional life as an educator. She taught for more than 40 years beginning in Houston and Corpus Christie, TX and completed her life’s work as a second grade teacher at Greenbrier Elementary School (Indianapolis, IN). Greenbrier was very special to Julia. She taught kindergarten – third grade where she integrated curriculum instruction in math, science, language arts, economics and social studies to make learning fun for her students. Julia described herself as a coach in the huddle and on the sidelines dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and encouraging students to excel. She described herself as a candle with education as her eternal flame.

A memorial service will be live streamed via the Facebook page of Leppert Mortuary Carmel Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 10 am. You may also click the View Live Stream link on the services page for Julia Roberts at www.leppertmortuarycarmel.com.


4 June

Memorial Service Live Stream

10:00 pm


Click View Live Stream link or view on the Leppert Carmel Facebook page beginning approximately 10am.


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Angela Stephens

May 30, 2020

I loved Julia with all my heart. She had such a kind spirt and loving heart. Her smile was infectious. I lit up every time I crossed her path or entered her classroom. She always made me feel so special and appreciated. She welcomed me with open arms my first day at Greenbriar. I enjoyed our meaningful conversations and her amazing knowledge which she shared. She will forever be missed.

Karen Berman

May 29, 2020

Tears fall as I remember her laugh and the way students adored her! She could make literature come alive with her Chocolate party after reading Chocolate Fever. Her Mother’s Day teas were so loved by mothers and grandmothers alike. She always invited my kdg class to watch her students perform. She was an outstanding educator and always made time for her students. She will be missed, but her memory will always remain with everyone she touched. Rest In Peace. Karen Berman

Tiny Manuel

May 29, 2020

Julia was truly a beautiful person.💕 I had the priviledged to work with her at Greenbriar Elementary School...she was a very gifted teacher, with an award winning personality. I thank God for the blessed opportunity to have known her. Please know my husband(Mr. Ken)and I are praying for the family. God bless you all with HIS comfort and strength. Love you.

Leslie Middleton

May 29, 2020

I met Mrs. Roberts almost 20 years ago when I was a student teacher at Greenbriar. I was in a classroom across the hall from her. Although she wasn't my supervising teacher, she definitely left a very positive impression on me. She didn't have to offer words of encouragement and reassurance or poke her head in the doorway to ask how I was doing, but she did! She exuded an aura of peaceful, calming kindness that I truly admired! Even though I was only near her for a few months, those interactions made a difference in my teaching career. Through the years, when I have reflected on traits I wished to emulate in my classroom and in my school, Julia would always come to mind. Those qualities that seemed so natural to her are some that I am still trying to improve today. Mrs. Roberts set that bar high just by being herself. To her family and close friends, please take comfort in the knowledge that her extremely positive influences are far, far reaching!

Roleen Demmings

May 29, 2020

As a first year teacher back in 2009, I looked up to Julia for guidance when we taught together at Greenbriar. She was a phenomenal mentor, who taught me so much. Her heart was so full of genuine love for her students and she will be greatly missed. ❤️

Marsha Reynolds

May 29, 2020

Julia was a lovely woman and a dedicated teacher to her Greenbriar students. I had the joy of knowing her as a fellow educator in the school district and will always remember her kind, caring spirit and warm smile. She loved her students and will be greatly missed.

Dominique Watson

May 28, 2020

I was so sad to hear about Mrs. Robert's. I learned so much working in her classroom. I loved so much how she taught, but was firm in her expectations of the children. I appreciate the knowledge, the love and care she gave them and me. Mrs. Julia Roberts I will cherish every conversation.

Gina Borneman

May 28, 2020

Mrs. Roberts was the epitome of an educator.
She was brilliant, passionate, dedicated, professional, and kind.
I knew my baby was in good hands with her. She taught her students so much. Mostly, she taught them respect. For themselves, for their teachers, and for each other.
I am so sorry to hear of her passing.
God bless her, and all the seeds she planted in those little children.

Vickie Davis

May 28, 2020

It is with great sadness that I write this condolence in memory of Julia. While my heart is heavy, it is also filled with many happy memories of my opportunity to work with Julia for many years as her administrator. She always gave 110% for her students and was constantly looking for what worked best with each and every one of them. I will always remember her strength and her belief that each child is special and would look for ways to always make them feel this way. I will always feel blessed and enriched by having known such a wonderful woman.

Sami Loggan

May 27, 2020

Ms. Roberts was one of the best elementary school teachers I ever had! She helped me be an amazing student and to push my self to work hard in school. I would always enjoy going back to Greenbriar and visiting her! Her love of Frog and Toad always made me so excited especially getting to see her love and instill the love of the books into her students. I was blessed to have her for both second and third grade. I am sad that as a senior in high school I did not have the opportunity to thank her one last time for everything. I am going off to college this fall and will continue to use all the life lessons she taught me. May she rest in peace as she now lives in a better place!


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