Saralu Giles

Saralu Couch Giles, 82, of Grapevine, passed away on July 21, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 31, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Born in Aransas Pass, Texas on Nov. 20, 1934, Saralu graduated from Aransas Pass High School, and attended Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in fashion design and merchandising. She married her husband of 48 years, Richard “Dick” Curry Giles Sr., during college, and gave birth to their four children over the next five years. She later returned to college and completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at the University of Houston. Saralu poured creativity, energy, and love into teaching elementary school-aged children for more than 35 years in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas public schools, and as an educational diagnostician for several years in Houston. She was an ardent advocate for her students, and held high standards for them. Those who made honor roll were treated to a ride in her spiffy red convertible. Many students returned to see her and thank her years after she taught them. She was named “outstanding teacher” at Ben Milam Elementary School. She was a member and youth group leader at First Christian Church when she lived in Houston. Saralu spoiled her grandchildren and her dogs, most recently, her Shih Tzu, Peppy. She loved gardenias, sewing, quilting, Mario Lanza, baking, and cooking special meals for her family. Saralu was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Curry Giles, Sr.; and her parents, William Cecil “Kokie” and Helen Couch. Saralu is survived by daughter, Hollyce “Sherry” Giles and her husband, Glenn Hudak of Greensboro, NC; son, Richard Curry Giles, Jr., of Hutto; daughter, Catherine “Kerry” Lynn Giles-Miller and her husband, Bill Miller of Arlington; and Frank William Giles of Grand Prairie; brother and sister-in law, William Lynn and Bobbie Couch, of Dallas, grandchildren, William Giles Tesdell, Nicole Hudak Linney and husband Jake Linney, Ben Hudak, Joshua Miller, Grace Miller, Sarah Miller, great grandchildren, Bella Linney, and Jay Linney, and several nieces and nephews. Saralu’s family thanks the many people who supported and cared for her, most especially her cherished neighbors, the Ihrigs, Judyckis, and Clutterbucks, and her devoted caregiver, Joy Murphy. Memorial donations may be made to the Dallas Fort Worth Humane Society, Bluebonnet Hills.

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Aransas Pass, TX 78336


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Aransas Pass, TX 78336


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