Julie Mae DeShazo was born on February 7, 1928 in Beasley, Texas to Julia Anna Wornat Mattheaus & Paul Frederick Mattheaus. On Sunday, April 22, 2012, surrounded by her family, Julie Mae began her new spiritual life with our Lord and Savior after a lengthy battle with COPD.
She is preceded in death by husband, James A. DeShazo, son, Matthew Dale DeShazo, and twin grandsons, Tyler and Travis Shows.
She is survived by her children: Karen Michalec, Mark DeShazo, Judie Shows and husband, Garlan, Jamie Douangaphaivong and husband, Seth; Luke DeShazo and wife, Karina, Kelly Arrington and husband Don; Grandchildren: Brian Andel, Kori, Morgan, and Mason Michalec, Clayton, Chloe, and Crisana DeShazo, Scott Shows, Drew Shows and fiancé, Elisabeth “Liz” Erickson, Amanda Oliver and husband, Dustin, Landon and Hannah Douangaphaivong, Ashlynn, Alex, Cali, and James DeShazo, Garrett, Grant, and Julie Arrington; sister, Hilda Morris, who was a constant source of help; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Julie Mae was the youngest of 10 children, grew up on a farm in Beasley, and lived through the “Great Depression”. During World War II she met the love of her life, James Alec DeShazo while he was stationed in Rosenberg guarding P.O.W.’s. They married on April 7, 1946 & shared almost 60 years together before his passing in 2006. Julie & James had 7 children & were proud grandparents to 21 grandchildren.
Julie had started off her career as a principal’s secretary for Lamar Consolidated High School, and then retired from SW Bell Phone Company. Afterwards she worked for Hopmann Chevrolet and Hubenak Chevrolet. She ended her career with her retirement from Ft. Bend County working in the tax department.
Julie was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, but the last several years, when her health started to fail, she would attend Frieden’s United Church of Christ with her sister, Hilda, which is the same church that she was baptized and married in. Julie was a 50 year member with the Rosenberg Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and a member with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She served countless hours helping the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, and anything that had to do with our veterans. Many girls have expressed fond memories of the time when she served as Mother Advisor with the Order of Rainbows for Girls. Julie was known for her cooking skills & her ability to turn anything she touched into a mouth-watering dish or dessert. She cooked & canned vegetables from her own garden, was handy at sewing & quilt making. Mom had a knack for growing just about anything. Julie was also known for her abounding love & kind spirit. She never complained and was a great listener. The unending dedication she provided to her husband & family would be unachievable by most. Julie Mae had many great attributes & qualities, but to her children, motherhood was her crowning glory. She was a strong believer in education and just before her death, she instructed each grandchild to work towards a college degree. On May 12th, 2012, her grandson, Drew, will be the first of her grandchildren to honor that wish as he graduates from Baylor University, with Scott, Amanda, and Kori soon to follow.
Visitation will be held 5-8 PM Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Garmany & Carden Funeral Chapel, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Funeral services will be held 10 AM Friday, April 27, 2012, at Frieden’s UCC in Beasley, TX, officiated by Rev. Joshua Lawrence. Burial will take place at Frieden’s Cemetery in Beasley. Pallbearers: Garlan Shows, Don Arrington, Sam Davila, Stacy Crumley, Scott Shows, Drew Shows, Garrett Arrington, and Grant Arrington. Honorary Pallbearers: Brian Andel, Clayton, Alex, and James DeShazo, Mason Michalec, Landon Douangaphaivong.
Memorial donations may be made to the Rosenberg Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and to either Frieden’s or St. John’s United Church of Christ.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Robert Salazar with Katy Pulmonary Associates, for the wonderful care he provided. We are forever grateful.
Condolence messages may be written for the DeShazo family at www.garmanycarden.com.
Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (281)342-4671.