Leola Lyla Pope Shepherd

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Leola Lyla Pope Shepherd, 87, of Kingston went to her Reward Above on Monday, May 13, 2013.
She was born in Haxtun, Colo., on March 27, 1926, to parents Lyle James Pope and Marion Gilbert Pope. Many of her early years were spent on a small ranch, sans water and electricity near Lyons, Colo. A favorite childhood pastime was riding horseback, alone or with friends, through the foothills and Rocky Mountains nearby. She attended a one-room elementary school in Lyons and High School in Longmont, Colo. During World War II, she relocated briefly, with her parents to Glendale, Calif., returning to Colorado in 1944 to attend the University of Denver on scholarship. She graduated from DU in 1948 with degrees in psychology and education. At DU, she also met her husband, Donald Shepherd. They married after her graduation in August 1948. She started her career teaching elementary education in Denver Public Schools. The newlywed couple developed a lifelong affinity for square dancing, hiking, travel and back-road driving adventures. In February 1954, the couple moved to Oak Ridge, where there first son, Scott Lyle Shepherd was born three months later. After eight years, they adopted their second son, Sean Philip Shepherd, and nine months later adopted their daughter, Vay Anne Shepherd Davis. When her children were old enough, she began substitute teaching at First United Methodist Church Nursery School, something she came to enjoy so much that she took a permanent position and taught for 14 years. During this time, the Shepherds pursued several other activities, such as playing bridge, ballroom dancing, boating and water skiing, various church activities and home entertaining. Always active, she was often heard to say she hoped to leave this earth on the dance floor or on the end of a ski rope. In anticipation of retiring, the Shepherds moved from Oak Ridge to the shores of Watts Bar Lake near Kingston. While maintaining close relationships with long-time friends in Oak Ridge, they were blessed with development of new friends and activities, particularly through their connections with Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile. An only child, Leola was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Marion Pope.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Shepherd; son, Scott Shepherd and wife Debbie Elam Shepherd, their daughters Angela Shepherd and Danielle Shepherd Gallaher, son-in-law Nick Gallaher and great grandchildren Kaylie and Jason Gallaher; son, Sean Shepherd and wife Sandy Ervin Shepherd; and daughter, Vay Anne Shepherd Davis and grandson Trey Davis.
The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, followed by a celebratory memorial service in Luminary United Methodist Church, 3401 River Road, Ten Mile. Burial will follow at the adjacent Luminary Cemetery. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that any memorials be made to either Luminary United Methodist Church or to the Roane or Anderson County Chapters of the . Kyker Funeral Home, Kingston, is in charge of arrangements. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Roane County News from May 21 to May 22, 2013
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