Frances Latimer Shepherd
Joined her Heavenly Father on Friday, October 29, 2010 at
her residence in Bryan, Texas, surrounded by her family. The
life of this gracious lady will be celebrated Tuesday, November 2,
2010 at 2:00 p.m., at her church,Calvary Baptist in Bryan.
Pastors David Murphy, Ray Spradling, and
Matthew Prine will be officiating. A reception to visit with
the family will follow afterwards in the fellowship hall.
Frances was born April 4, 1926, in Belton, South
Carolina, to DeWitt and Esther Latimer. Her Lord and
her parents remained the guiding influence of her life.
As the only sister with four brothers, she developed
a keen intellect, survival skills, and a great sense of
humor. She received a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry
and Biology from the University of South Carolina and
a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of
Houston. She also taught for the Houston ISD. As a
voracious reader, she could converse on just about any
topic. However, she insisted on reading only non-fiction
since she “didn’t have any time to waste!”
She met a charming and handsome Naval Lieutenant,
Richard Palmer Shepherd. They wed June 27, 1946, in
West Columbia, South Carolina. They moved to Texas
where her Southern Belle qualities captivated the state.
The Shepherd’s marriage was a great example of love,
commitment, unselfishness, and joy that persisted
regardless of the circumstances. Richard preceded her
in death in 1982.
Her accomplishments were vast, but her real legacy
is the many lives impacted by her kind, gentle nature.
Frances took the time to be kind and was never too busy
to give an encouraging word. Her selflessness put the
needs of others before her own. As a great listener, she
wanted to know all about you, your family, your dreams,
and your aspirations! As a life-long student of the book
of Proverbs, she had words of wisdom for any occasion.
She lived her faith on a daily basis so others really did
see the Savior working through her.
Surviving Frances are her children, Janet and
husband, David Rhodes of Staunton, VA, Patricia
Shepherd Barksdale of College Station, TX, Richard
Palmer Shepherd Jr. of Bryan, TX; grandchildren, Amy
and husband, Tim Brown of Staunton, VA, Bethany
and husband, Keith Barker of Wilmore, KY, Andrew
and wife, Leah Rhodes of Staunton, VA, Camellia and
husband, Matthew Prine of Sugar Land, TX, Joshua
Barksdale of College Station, TX; great-grandchildren,
Shayla and Hayden Brown, Ela, Jakob, and Oren
Barker; siblings, Lewis and wife, Margaret Latimer of
West Columbia, SC, Hewlett and wife, Betty Latimer of
Livingston, Texas; sister-in-law, Jean Latimer of Cayce,
SC; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Elizabeth
Shepherd of Clearlake, TX.
The family would like to thank Traditions Hospice,
Janet and Rosalind for their excellent care. Also, thank
you to all her friends at Calvary Baptist Church who
ministered to her throughout this illness.
Contributions may be made to the Children’s and
Youth Ministries at Calvary Baptist Church 2009 Cavitt
Avenue Bryan, Texas 77801 or Act for Autism C/O Easter
Seals Attn: Online Giving Coordinator 233 South
Wacker Drive Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60606.
Frances Latimer Shepherd