Louise Shepherd

In Obituaries by Reporter News

Louise Taylor Shepherd, age 98, passed from this life September 4, 2015 with family and longtime friends by her side.  She was born on the family farm outside Stephens, Arkansas, on September 9, 1916.
 
Louise is predeceased by her parents, W. G. and Wilsie Harrison Taylor; brothers, Jeter and Charlie Taylor; sisters, Alma McFarlan and Opal Kendrick; nephews, Bill Taylor and Tommy Kendrick; loving husband of sixty years, Roy and beloved daughter in law, Vivian. 
 
She is survived by her son Ronnie; granddaughters Shala Rios and husband Alex, Alissa Roberson and husband C. G; great grandchildren Chyna and Michael Rios, Jade and Paul Roberson, all of Alvin, Texas.  Nieces, Viva Winkleman and husband Mel of Medford, Oregon and Sharon Dickerson and husband Mike of Alvin, Texas.
 
Louise, Roy and Ronnie came to the Alvin area in August 1948.  They settled in the Hastings community where Roy would be working for Amoco Production Company.  She was a stay at home mom and homemaker until Ronnie got into high school.  In 1959, she went to work for Trantow Flower Shop, on West Blum Street in Alvin.  She always enjoyed working with flowers and helping the customers that frequented the shop.
 
In November 1969, while on her way to work, Louise was involved in a serious car accident.  She had a double compound fracture of her right leg and could not continue to work after the wreck.  In December 1969, nothing would keep her from welcoming Ronnie home from Viet Nam.  She greeted him at the airport in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace and a hip to toe cast on her right leg.
 
During the healing process, doctors told her there was a very strong possibility that she would have to remain in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.  Through resolve and determination, she proved the doctors wrong.  As strength returned to her legs and the healing continued, she moved from a wheelchair to walking with the aid of crutches.  Setting the crutches aside, she started using a walking cane.  After a time, Louise was able to discard the cane and walked again without any extra assistance. Her leg injuries would be a source of discomfort for the remainder of her life.
 
She was known for her chocolate pie and banana pudding.  Both were often served at family dinners and church potlucks.  Louise was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, last attending services at the Westside congregation in Alvin.
 
Honoring the family by serving as pall bearers are Alex Rios, Michael Rios, Paul Roberson, Robert Thies, Mike Dickerson and Don Fick.  The family would like to thank Alan Graves, Living Hope Home Healthcare, for his compassionate home health care for over ten years.  Thanks to Laura, Vanessa, Stacey and Sharon of Hallmark Hospice for their attentive and concerned care for these past several months.  And last but not least Julie and Susan for their personal and attentive care and for bringing much joy into mother’s life.
 
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
 
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rayford Welch officiating.   Interment will follow at the Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, TX.
 
Condolences may be sent to the Shepherd family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.shepherd

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