July 17, 1956 - August 26, 2021
Julia Ellen Lesko Bishop, 65, passed away on August 26, 2021. She was born July 17, 1956, in Casablanca, Morocco, North Africa to Stephen and Sonja Lesko. After migrating from Rome, New York in 1963, she settled in Midwest City, Oklahoma, and graduated from Midwest City High school in 1974. Soon after, she moved to the dorms on Oklahoma City University’s campus. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, something she cherished her entire life. Upon graduation, she started her lifelong career in education. Teaching was her passion and she loved the classroom. She started at Del City High school in 1978, spending more than 20 years teaching yearbook, journalism, and English. She not only made lifelong friends with the faculty but many of the students. She married Rick Bishop on August 8, 1980, and together they welcomed two daughters. She was an outstanding mother, always volunteering to help at the schools and opening her home to her daughters’ many friends - nobody would be turned away at her front door! Being a lover of all things education, she decided to return to OCU to earn her master’s degree. This took her a few years as she juggled her career, motherhood, and school, but in 1989 she again graduated. In 2001 she made a career move from high school to the college setting. At Rose State College she took on the role of coordinator of student publications, where they published the 15th Street Newspaper. This was a job she loved because she got to interact with all the students on campus. True to form, she made fast friends with all on campus and got involved with many committees such as PASA and TIC groups. She soon realized she truly missed the classroom and switched positions to become a professor - again a position she truly loved. After more than 38 years in education, she decided it was time to be a full-time Mame’t (grandma). Upon retirement, she spent her time antiquing and looking for her next treasure at estate sales. She was a passionate animal lover and had a special love for pugs, even opening her home several times a year to foster pugs awaiting adoption. Continuing her love for the Midwest City community, she joined the Mid Del Youth and Family Center, a place where she quickly felt at home because of the amazing staff. Her favorite phase of life was watching her precious grandbabies grow. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Brooke George and husband Tim George of Edmond Oklahoma; Kaleigh Neil and husband Tyler Neil of Hartford Wisconsin; grandchildren: Boston George, Stetson Tullius, Stella Tullius, and Bishop Neil; Dennis Farber companion of 22 years and family; former husband Rick Bishop and family; many groups to include B74 Bomber Ladies, DCHS Posse, and her Rose State colleagues; closest friends Jan Bugby and Juli Wallace; and several dear friends - too many to name. A visitation will be held from 1:00 - 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 29 (family present from 1:00 - 3:00) at Ford Funeral Home in Del City. Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 am, on Monday, August 30th at Ford Funeral Home in Del City. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Homeward Bound Pug Rescue or Mid-Del Youth and Family Center.
Julia Ellen Lesko Bishop, 65, passed away on August 26, 2021. She was born July 17, 1956, in Casablanca, Morocco, North Africa to Stephen and Sonja Lesko. After migrating from Rome, New York in 1963, she settled in Midwest City, Oklahoma, and... View Obituary & Service Information
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