May 10, 1927 - April 12, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Velma, 84, went to be with the Lord on April 12, 2012. She was born May 10, 1927, in Walnut Grove, OK to John Henry and Pearl Mae Jones. She honorably served her country in the U.S. Army during WWII. On Sept. 28, 1945, she married Sheldon Miles Shepard. After her husband's passing in Oct. 1967, she moved to the OKC area, where she has resided and was a longtime member of SW Baptist Church. For many years, Velma worked as a ward clerk for Integris Southwest Medical Center. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and loving grandmother who will be deeply missed. Preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Charles Raymond Jones and John Henry Jones, Jr.; and three sisters, Ovie Almita Rouse, Jewel Winona Jones and Verdie Vidus Roberts. She leaves behind her children, Sheldon Wayne Shepard & wife Mary, Naoma Jean Bryant & husband John, and Ramona Ann Carey & husband John; grandchildren: Amy Bryant Brewer & husband John of Chesteron, IN; David Wayne Shepard & wife Elizabeth of Shawnee, OK; Jeremy Miles Carey & wife Heidi of Moore, OK; Rebecca Shepard Lawton & husband David of Moore, OK; Roger Dale Shepard & wife Ashley of Jones, OK; Damien Allen Shepard of Yukon, OK; Anna Perez of California; and Jamie Mills of Enid, OK; and 12 great-grandchildren. No viewing or visitation. Services to celebrate her life will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2012, at the South Colonial Chapel, with burial following at 2 p.m. at Egypt Cemetery in Ada, OK. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.vondelsmithmortuary.com www.vondelsmithmortuary.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on April 15, 2012