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Dorothy "Julie" Moradi '83 January 18, 2017 2:44 PM updated: January 18, 2017 2:46 PM

Lakewood Funeral Home obituary
98 North Dixie Drive Lake
Jackson, TX 77566
Phone: (979) 297-6464

Julie Moradi
September 29, 1956 - December 24, 2016
Dorothy Julie Gilliam Moradi was born on September 29, 1956 to Robert (Bob) Franklin Gilliam and Dorothy Elizabeth Hall Gilliam. She died on December 24, at the age of 60, following a brain aneurysm. While growing up in Lake Jackson, Julie enjoyed singing with the youth choir of First Baptist Church, Lake Jackson. She also relished the company of family, including her brother, Robert, and various cousins, including Tanya Vance and the DiGuardi girls. Music continued to be apart of her life as a teenager when she played the flute in the Swingin' Buccaneer Band. After graduating from Brazoswood High School in 1975 she earned an Associate's Degree from Brazosport College in 1977, a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Texas A & M University in 1983 and a Master of Education degree from Prairie View A & M University in 1989. In her adult years Julie was privileged to have traveled to various locations, including Canada and Mexico, as well as across the United States. One pivotal trip she took while still a teenager was to visit relatives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This event made an impression on her and she loved Virginia, especially Colonial Williamsburg, for the rest of her life. Julie also enjoyed being around family, solving any kind of puzzles, gardening, and improving and repairing anyone's house. It was our privilege to have her with us, as she constantly exemplified the ideal of unconditional love. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her father, Robert (Bob) Franklin Gilliam. She is survived by her mother, Dorothy (Corky) Elizabeth Gilliam; son, Allen Moradi; brother, Robert Gilliam, Jr.; niece, Shelley Gilliam; nephews, Robbie Gilliam and Matthew Gilliam; aunts, Louise Vance and Christa Lee Diguardi; cousins, Norman Vance, Tanya Sharp, Paul Gilliam, Elizabeth Rogers, Phillip "Bo" DiGuardi, Joan Hyden, Gwen Parker-Nelson, Edward DiGuardi, April Benamati, Debra Ryden, Kenneth Hall, Brian Hall and Denise Butler. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Lakewood Funeral Home, 98 Dixie Dr., Lake Jackson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson, 401 Yaupon. Graveside services will follow at Restwood Cemetary. Family and friends are then invited to gather at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church for a meal and fellowship. Active pallbearers will be Phillip "Bo" BiGuardi, Edward DiGuardi, Norman Vance, Paul Gilliam, Robbie Gilliam and Matthew Gilliam. Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Moradi and Robert Gilliam. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at both CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport in Lake Jackson, and Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for their efforts. Julie's final act of generosity was to have her organs and tissue donated to various recipients so that they may continue their lives. The family would like to encourage others to do the same if possible in order to help others. Helping people was what Julie was known for doing, and we will do the same during our lives as well.

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