Delores Jean Julian


Delores Jean McTarsney Julian passed away peacefully early on February 13, 2018 at Compass Park at The Indiana Masonic Home. She braved many years battling COPD and is now breathing easy in heaven.

Born on November 22, 1931 to Oliver P. and Charlene Bethel Ford McTarsney. Delores grew up in a large family with 11 siblings in Needham Township.

She married a local young man Donald E. Julian on March 22, 1957. Together they spent over 60 years of a life filled with joy and sorrow and the blessings of family and dear friends.

Delores has left behind a legacy of her love. Survivors include: daughters, Teena Findley and Donna Julian of Franklin; son: Wayne Julian of Greenwood; beloved grandchildren, Jessica Bullers, and Samantha Simpson of Indianapolis, Katie Sparks of Bargersville, Brett (Michelle) Findley of Columbus, Lee J. Findley of Craig, Alaska, and Shawn Ryan Julian of Greenwood. She is also survived by her siblings, Charles McTarsney of Columbus, June Biggerstaff of Martinsville, Mickey McTarsney of Franklin, Ronnie McTarsney of Franklin, and Kathy Warner of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her son, Shawn Patrick Julian, and a great granddaughter, Bristol Sparks.

Those family members who also went before her were her parents and siblings, Lynn McTarsney, Russell McTarsney, Doris McTarsney, Delphia Mitchell, Darlene McTarsney, Clarice McTarsney, Daisy Cox, and many more loved ones including half-sisters, nieces, and nephews.

Delores attended Needham School but had to leave school to help support her family. Years later, she earned her GED and attended Indiana Business College.

She worked several jobs throughout her life but she enjoyed most being a telephone operator and babysitting. She enjoyed working the polls and being a census taker. For 6 years, she and he husband owned The Hilltop Motel and for several years they served as caretakers of the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

She was a member of Shiloh Christian Church, the Red Hat Society, and enjoyed activities at the Franklin Senior Center. Delores loved many things life offered, including attending the State Fair, garage sales, music, and reading.

Later in life she took art lessons with Beulah Mardis and became quite an accomplished painter. She thrived on learning new things including how to surf the net and text messaging.

She was an avid historian and researched her and her husband’s genealogy extensively. Most of all, she loved her family and will be dearly missed.

Rev. Ron Ellis will conduct a celebration of life service on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 11:00AM at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton Street in Franklin, Indiana. Friends and family may call on Friday, February 16th, 2018 from 4-7PM at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Harris Cemetery following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnson County Senior Services, 731 S. State Street, Franklin, Indiana 46131.

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