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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.

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Gloria Hood

February 7, 2021

I just now heard that Mrs. Robert’s passed. Mrs. Robert’s was the all time favorite teacher of our children, Scott and Amy Hood, at Greenbriar Elementary. She was calm, steady, sweet, and they listened to her! She had a genuineness that is so rare. The kids knew she cared. We are grateful and send our condolence and prayers to her family. Her spirit will live on in many grateful grown-up children and their parents.
Gloria and Mike Hood

Lynn Slivka

July 16, 2020

I'm a retired teacher who volunteered in a tutoring program for second graders. Julia graciously offered to host the 8 tutors and and 15 students in her classroom after school. Not only did she sacrifice the opportunity for a bit of quiet at the end of the day and a chance to get her work done, she actively supported us. She allowed us to use her computer to show videos, and counseled students who were having a tough day. I respected her as a loving, brilliant educator who encouraged creativity and excellence.

Jill Ofengender

June 4, 2020

It was an honor teaching with Julia at Greenbriar for 30+ years. She was a remarkable colleague and friend. Teaching was her life. She taught life lessons and had high expectations for all children. I will miss our time sharing stories. I will miss my friend. 💕

Lupe Zuniga

June 4, 2020

With a heartfelt sincerest condolences to family for a great loss. Ms. Roberts was a teacher to my kids at Greenbriar Elementary. Not only an absolutely wonderful teacher but a wonderful lady with a huge heart. We have with us is now our memories & what you've taught & encouraging words. Your legacy of teaching will go on. With much love from : Nic Tennant
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Lupe Zuniga

Patty Hunter

June 2, 2020

I was so honored and blessed to know Julia at Greenbriar for over 35 years. Within her classroom, her quiet demeanor belied her inner strength to make each child an individual star. There were no underdogs in her room; everyone was a champion. Her skilled teaching methods for reading were a master class; I could sit and watch all day. I was witness to how, with her calm determination, she could change a child's tears into trust, for themselves and for Julia. During breaks for lunch and gym class, she often would give up her break time to sit nearby just in case a kind encouraging smile or word was needed.
I loved how our after-school "just ten minutes to chat" turned into an hour of sharing. Julia kept a keen eye on my three children from their time at Greenbriar to adulthood and always insisted there be pictures of my grandkids with her Christmas card. Her friendship will be with me always.
Psalm 147:4 says " He determines the numbers of stars and calls them each by name." Julia's heavenly light will shine brightly on us forever.

Nancy Crain

June 2, 2020

Julia was a rare mixture of an excellent teacher who somehow came up with the right mixture of instruction and fun, all the while commanding respect from all students. I was always in awe of her calm classroom and her ability to instill good manners in her students. All adults were met at the door by one student, who would shake their hand and invite them into an orderly classroom. I too, benefited from long, thoughtful conversations with Julia. I never saw her rattled or disorganized. The teaching profession has lost not only a master teacher, but a wonderful, caring, human being.

Deb Perry

June 1, 2020

Julia was a treasure! I taught with her for 23 years. She would invite you into her classroom and make you feel so ‘special.’ She was one of the sweetest, kindhearted and loving educators I have ever met. Her commitment to having students achieve and succeed was a wonder to behold. She loved her students with gentle and firm instruction. She will be missed dearly.

My deepest sympathy to her family. May you feel God’s comfort and love during this time of mourning.

Beth Tridle

June 1, 2020

To live in the hearts and minds of Julia’s Greenbriar Family(the many children and their own families whose lives she touched, as well as, Staff from 1986-2020) is a precious gift to us all. I will treasure the memories of Julia’s wisdom, spirit, gentle smile, twinkle in her eyes, and those beautiful FRECKLES. It was a joy to teach with her on a Second and Third Grade Team of talented and gifted teachers for many years.
Mrs. Beth Tridle(1970-2002)

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

FROM THE FAMILY