Virginia Ruth Kilpatrick Shehee
1923 - 2015
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Virginia Ruth Kilpatrick Shehee

SHREVEPORT, LA - Former State Senator and local business woman, civic leader, and patron of the arts, Virginia Ruth Kilpatrick Shehee left her extraordinary life on July 6, 2015. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Road, Shreveport, LA 71105 at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71103. Officiating will be The Reverend Paul D. Martin. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.

A fifth generation Texan, descended from one of The Old Three Hundred families who settled with Stephen F. Austin in 1824, Virginia was born in Houston on July 12, 1923 to Nell Peters and Lonnie Benjamin Kilpatrick. Her parents moved to Shreveport during the Great Depression and founded both Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company and Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Lonnie was a man of vision imparting this trait to his daughter who began working at Kilpatrick Life Insurance while still in high school with summers spent as a secretary for future Governor Jimmy Davis. She often enjoyed visiting Davis and his family in the Governor's Mansion. Governor Davis took advantage of their lifelong friendship to later lobby Senator Shehee to make his song, You Are My Sunshine, the official state song of Louisiana. She was a proud graduate of C.E. Byrd High School and attended Stephens College for one year. Her father missed her so much that he bribed her with the promise of a Ford Roadster to come home. She then attended Centenary College of Louisiana where she obtained a Bachelor's of Arts in English in 1943 and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. This began a deep-rooted affiliation with Centenary where Virginia was a Trustee and led to the creation of Kilpatrick Auditorium and Shehee Stadium. Three of her children and two of her grandchildren followed her attending Centenary. After graduation, she worked on her Master's Degree in Social Work at Southern Methodist University.

A trip to Germany to visit friends after World War II became an unexpected opportunity to work for the American Red Cross. Virginia lived and worked in Germany, remarkably participating in the Berlin Airlift. Subsequently, she married John Andrew Guy, and they moved to Washington, D.C. She returned to Shreveport with their three children, Shane, Andy, and Nell, and resumed her work in the family businesses as a funeral director and insurance professional. Virginia married William Peyton Shehee, Jr. and had their daughter, Margaret. Together they led Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company to become the largest domestic life insurance company in Louisiana. In 1971, upon the untimely death of her mother in a plane crash, Virginia became President/CEO of both companies and at the time of her retirement was elected Chairman Emeritus. Under her leadership, Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company grew to 10 offices in Louisiana and Texas, and Rose-Neath has 12 funeral homes and 3 cemeteries in Louisiana.

Virginia K. Shehee is regarded as one of the most well-known businesswomen and philanthropists in the State of Louisiana. Her interest in politics led to being elected on her own merits as the first woman in the Louisiana State Senate. Her political trailblazing opened the door for those seeking public office for generations to come. She proudly served the 38th District, and after her term ended, her door was always open to her constituents and many aspiring politicians who sought her counsel.

Her commitment to community spanned cultural, civic, and academic spheres, which led to volunteering time, talent, and resources to serve in various capacities. She was Chairman Emeritus of Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, The State Fair of Louisiana, National Board of Community Renewal International, and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. After Shreveport Symphony Maestro John Shenaut showed Virginia the dilapidated state of The Strand Theatre, Virginia along with Jim Montgomery and Judd Tooke not only rescued the historic Strand from the wrecking ball, but helped restore the theatre to its original glory. Virginia served as a Past Chairman of Life Insurers Conference, Louisiana Insurers' Conference, Louisiana Life Insurance Guarantee Association, and past Board Member of American Council of Life Insurance. Kilpatrick Life and others in the insurance industry honored Virginia with The Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company Endowed Chair for Insurance and Financial Service at Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSUS). She was a member of Shreveport Committee of 100, served as Chairman of Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development, and was a supporter of Council for a Better Louisiana and SECURE Louisiana. Virginia was a fervent supporter of the armed services and was honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. She was also elected and served as the first woman Senior Warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. She was invited to become one of the first women members of Rotary Club of Shreveport, where she became a Paul Harris Fellow in support of Rotary Foundation, and was a member of Business Committee for The Arts, as well as a Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts in London, England.

A champion for education, she was on the Southfield School Foundation Board, life member of Centenary College of Louisiana Board of Trustees and member of Alumni Hall of Fame, and named "Sweetheart For Life" by the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in which her son, son-in-law, and grandson are all members. She served on the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and was named a Distinguished Business Executive on Campus at LSUS as well as a member of the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. Nicholls State University then inducted her into the Women in Government Hall of Fame, she was a member of the Transition Team on Higher Education for Governors Buddy Roemer and Mike Foster, Co-Chair of Governor Bobby Jindal's Transition Committee on Ethics, Board of Directors for Louisiana Governor's Mansion Foundation, and served on the Judicial Council of the Louisiana Supreme Court. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Centenary College of Louisiana and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. She was especially proud to be named one of the first five members of the C.E. Byrd High School Hall of Fame.

Special honors and awards include the Benemerenti Medal conferred by Pope John Paul II and presented to her by Bishop William Friend of the Catholic Diocese of Shreveport for outstanding community service. In 1996, the Biomedical Research Institute was named in her honor. Although she was given credit for the advancement of Biomed, she was quick to credit those whose leadership preceded hers. She was inducted as a Business Laureate into Junior Achievement of North Louisiana Business Hall of Fame, received the Shreveport Medical Society award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Medicine, Clyde E. Fant Memorial Award for Community Service, and was the first woman to be named "Mr. Shreveport" by the Optimist Club. Virginia was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame and named a Louisiana Public Broadcasting Louisiana Legend.

For her generosity and vision, she received a host of awards; some of which include the following: Liberty Bell Award from Shreveport Bar Association; Arthritis Foundation Award; the Patron of Architecture from Louisiana Architecture Foundation; "Pilot of the Year" of LSUS; and the Philanthropy, Volunteerism, and Community Leadership Award from Louisiana Association of Non-Profit Organizations. She also received the Distinguished Sales Award from Sales & Marketing Executives of Shreveport/Bossier, and Samaritan Counseling Center's Samaritan Award. From the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, she was the first woman to be named Business Leader of the Year and was honored to have the Virginia Shehee Service Award established by Southern Hills Business Association. From Rotary Club of Shreveport, she received the Service Above Self Award; in recognition of her service, March of Dimes named her Citizen of the Year; and Volunteers of America bestowed the Light House Award. One of her most cherished honors was receiving the Mary Johnston Award for Outstanding Service from Gardens of the American Rose Society, which her mother had been instrumental in bringing to Shreveport.

She will be remembered for her love of family and friends, books, travel, and animals. If you came to her office, you were sure to meet one of her four-legged family members whose companionship Virginia treasured. She was a voracious reader and book lover, even chairing the Southfield School Book Fair. She cherished Centenary College, in all its many dimensions, attending as many baseball and basketball games and choir concerts as her schedule permitted. Having served on the LSU Board of Supervisors, she cheered for her LSU Tigers and loved Tiger Stadium on Saturday nights. You could find her many Spring and Summer evenings at Cargill Park cheering on her beloved Thunder Lizards softball teams. She had a gift for laughter and putting everyone at ease, and her "never met a stranger" attitude extended to so many facets of her life, from her dedicated support of The State Fair Junior Livestock Sale to portraying Martha Washington in "Shreveport Junior League Follies." A longtime supporter of local arts, Virginia took great pleasure in attending performances ranging from amateur to professional companies, delighting in the latest offering at The Strand to Shreveport Symphony's new season. Virginia loved to travel the world with her dear family and friends, looking forward to the adventure which lay ahead. A longtime flyer with Delta Airlines, they acknowledged her support by designating her with the title of "Flying Colonel" long before such distinctions occurred.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Ann Shane Kilpatrick. She is survived by her children, Ann Shane Shehee, Andrew Michael Shehee, Nell Elizabeth Shehee Kramer and husband, Graham, and Margaret Scott Shehee Cole and husband, David; former daughter-in-law, Gigi Goodwin Shehee; grandchildren, Ryan Goodwin and Cory Goodwin and Leila Kramer and Sarah Kramer; and the children of her late lifelong friend, Priscilla Crosby Rice: Vincent D. Rice, Jr. and wife, Kay; Dr. Joe C. Rice and wife, Stella; Priscilla Ann Rice McLean and husband, Robert; cousin, Nancy Shehee Paylor Cecil and husband, Waldo; a host of cousins, godchildren, and special friends too numerous to name.

Honoring Virginia as pallbearers will be Charles E. Brown, Max A. Corley, James K. Elrod, John A. Hensarling, Roy James, Charlie McBride, Sid Potts, Lamar P. Pugh, Alvin P. Rabenhorst, W. Clinton Rasberry, Jr., Dr. Joe C. Rice, Vincent D. Rice, Jr., Sylvester Schufford, John F. Sharp, Ken Shepherd, Garrett Vogel, and Donald J. Zadeck.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Kilpatrick Life Insurance, Rose-Neath Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Crematorium, and Flower Shop, former and current members of the Centenary College of Louisiana Board of Trustees, Virginia K. Shehee Biomedical Research Institute, Ben E. Coleman, The Board of Directors of The State Fair of Louisiana and ArkLaTex Agriculture Council, Johnnie Combs, Commissioner James J. Donelon, and Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr.

The Shehee family would like to express their sincerest and deepest appreciation to those steadfast and loyal to Virginia for these many years. Blanchie May Smith has our sincerest gratitude for her many years of loving devotion. Jackie Wine, her executive assistant, is thanked for her 25 years of dedication. Her companions for the last four and a half years who contributed to her wellbeing, Tracy Richardson, Van Combs, Alison Willis, Freeda Adams, and Joyce Gatlin made her final years ones of comfort and care. The employees of her companies, doctors, especially Dr. Gunjan Kahlon, nurses, and staff of Willis Knighton Health System, University Health, Mayo Clinic, and Divine Health Care provided unsurpassed care.

The family suggests memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Road, Shreveport, LA 71105; Shreveport Symphony, 616 Jordan Street, Shreveport, LA 71101; Centenary College of Louisiana, 2911 Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport, LA 71104; Biomedical Research Foundation, 2031 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71103; Robinson's Rescue, 2515 Line Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71104; Nena Plant Wideman Piano Competition, c/o Shreveport Symphony Guild, Inc., P.O. Box 52296, Shreveport, LA 71135; The Strand Theatre, 619 Louisiana Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71101; Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 or to charity of donor's choice.

While Virginia was humbled by the accolades she received throughout her lifetime, she was most proud of her children and the contributions she was able to make to her community.







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Published in Shreveport Times from Jul. 8 to Jul. 10, 2015.
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July 4, 2016
Our family continues to pray and ask for God to shine his blessings down upon the Shehee family. She was a pillar of strength and had a kind, loving spirit within her. She will remain in our hearts always.
Melanie Rabenhorst
August 5, 2015
I remember Virginia as an outstanding, industrious woman and a philanthropist. I send my condolences to her family.
Charlotte Webb
July 19, 2015
Andy,
We have been thinking about you and your family.
Will Downs
July 13, 2015
My deepest sympathy. Virginia was one of the kindest people to me when I came to St. Paul's as the Youth Director in 1980. I will remember always that kindness. She will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the family.
Nina-Jo Moore
July 13, 2015
On behalf of the American Rose Society I offer our condolences to the family of this wonderful lady. She was a very generous supporter of the rose, our rosarians, our many educational projects, and the ARS trusts.

She was instrumental in helping the ARS to move to the Shreveport area. She was most helpful as we grew and prospered at the American Rose Center and visited us often to view our progress in planting our rose gardens and building our offices and educational center.

Always gracious, always helpful, always with words of encouragement - she was greatly admired by those ARS members who were fortunate to meet her.

She will be sorely missed by all of us,

Jolene Adams
President
American Rose Society
July 13, 2015
Virginia touched so many lives, both in the Shreveport area, and all over the state. Down here in Baton Rouge, she was considered the First Lady of North Louisiana, and state officials, from Governors on down, sought her out for her advise, help and friendship. She helped me through some troubling times when I served as Insurance Commissioner. When she served in the Louisiana State Senate, she often dominated the debate, and generally got her way. Simply put, Virginia was an exceptional lady who touched so many lives in so many ways. Louisiana will miss her an all she did for the state. My sympathies to all the Shehee family.
Jim Brown
July 11, 2015
Dearest, Nell, Margaret,Shane, and my dear ANDY Shehee, I am so sorry for your loss of your MOTHER , having lost my MOTHER in 2008,that is the hard one, may GOD carry each one of you at this time and give you His peace and comfort that only He can. It was my pleasure to wait on your MOTHER at GEORGES GRILL,she was fun! As I enjoyed waiting on each of you. Andy, I love you and have been praying for you and your family. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU .
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Shirley Murphy
July 10, 2015
Margaret,
My Deepest sympathy to you and your family. She will be greatly missed by the community and your family.

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Sincerely,

Michele Aura Reynolds
July 10, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the Shehee family. Ms. Virginia was very blessed to have lived such a wonderful fulfilling life. We sincerely offer your family our prayers in your time of sorrow.
Jerry & Carmen Villemarette
July 10, 2015
I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the Shehee family. Mrs. Virginia was truly a Grand Lady and I always felt privileged to know her and work for this Company. God bless each of you in the time ahead....with love, Norma Jackson Lesemann...
July 10, 2015
Virginia Shehee left an indelible mark on Shreveport, her work is done, May she RIP.
Johnnie Barnes
July 10, 2015
To the Family of Virgina Kilpatrick Shehee:
May the joy and happiness of the precious memory of this well-spent life of the Lady Legend Virginia K. Shehee bring you peace at this time and always. Truly she was an extraordinary, amazing and exemplmentary example of love and compassion in action. She touched and enhanced the lives of so many citizens of Shreveport and our lovely state of Louisiana. I, along with so many others, are better because the Lord allowed our paths to cross. I am so blessed and appreciative to have worked for Rose Neath Funeral Home many, many years ago yet the memories are fond and everlasting. Be encouraged for you shall see her again when all God's children get together. Unil then, comfort ye one another. A page turned, a chapter completed, a race well run, a soldier gone home!
Mattie Brewer McCulloch And Family
July 10, 2015
Dear Shehee Family,
Jane and I in Colorado mourn Virginia's passing as the end of a beautiful and productive life. Few in our lifetime have given so much to the state and particularly to North Louisiana. We send our love to her wonderful family. We all will miss her.
Jane and John D. Caruthers
July 10, 2015
Dear Shehee Family:

Our Lord has again reached with loving hands into time and has taken one of His own into Eternity for no other reason than His love. That which He purchased at such a great price is His.

Our families will be lifting you all up in prayer now, and in the many days to come. What a legacy that this blessed Saint of God's has left for us to all to admire and follow.

Sympathetically Yours,
State Representative Henry Burns and
Dodie Horton, Legislative Assistant
henry burns
July 10, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Fred and Juanita Sutherland
July 10, 2015
My wife and I wanted to send our deepest sympathies to the Andy Shehee and the entire Shefee family. I worked for Kilpatirck for 5 years and Ms. Virginia always knew my name and my wifes name and always asked how we were doing. She was such a warm, loving, and caring person. She was a joy to work for and will be truly missed.
Gary Donovan
July 10, 2015
Our community is so much better for the love that Virginia Shehee showed us all. Her many gifts to the community will never be forgotten and her kindness and generosity will live on in the hearts and lives and organizations she touched. God bless the Shehee family during this difficult time and turn to the many memories and great times that you all had together that will last your lifetime.
Susan Moffitt
July 10, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jan Christian
July 10, 2015
Dear Nell,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Julie Festervan
July 9, 2015
This wonderful, caring lady will be missed. She was a picture of strength, determination, and kindness. The many memories of her will remain in our hearts and minds always. God bless everyone during this difficult time in your lives.
Scott, Melanie,Blaire & Kyle Rabenhorst
July 9, 2015
What a pleasure to know such a gifted and loving lady. Heaven's gain is truly our loss. With love and respect.
Sandra Varnell
July 9, 2015
A true legend in the state of Louisiana and a sister Zeta!
Peggy Morris
July 9, 2015
Andy didn,t know your mother but i never heard a unkind word about her my grief goes out for you and family YOUR FRIEND
DOT SIMMONS
July 9, 2015
Virginia set the gold standard for women in business in Shreveport. She was my #1 role model. My prayers are with her family.
Nila Willhoite
July 9, 2015
We are keeping all of you on our thoughts and prayers. Virginia was unique and her contributions to the Shreveport community have enhanced the lives of so many people. We will all miss her.
Judy Cox
July 9, 2015
It was a pleasure and privilege to have known Virginia. Her tireless devotion and effort to make Shreveport and Louisiana better places were relentless. She was a gracious, dignified woman with a wonderful smile and time for everyone and another project. In her gentle way she was a force for good.
My thoughts and prayers are with her her children.
Dorothy Gwin
July 9, 2015
Virginia was a Louisiana Legend! Her leadership in multiple fields was extraordinary but she always remained the gracious Southern Lady. My family and I will miss her as will the people of Louisiana. Beth Courtney, Pres.of LPB
July 9, 2015
Deepest sympathy for the Shehee family, truly blessed to have known her.
Catherine Cecil-Davidson
July 9, 2015
A hero for Centenary, for countless young women, and for the community she loved. We are better people for having her example shape our lives.
Ros Gladney-Long
July 9, 2015
She was a great inspiration to me : an example of a strong woman contributing to her world. My prayers go out to her family. We shall all miss her gentle smile and her positive attitude.
Deanie Galloway
July 9, 2015
I am sorry to here of Mrs. Shehee's passing. I went to work for her in 1971 after high school. She was and inspiration to all. She gave myself and many other co-workers the chance to go to Mortuary School and become Licensed Mortician's. I remember she was so kind and supportive when my wife and I were married and when our first son was born. She gave me many opportunities there at Rose Neath and opened doors for me in the future. Our prayers are with you: Shane, Nell, Andy, Margaret. Rest in peace Mrs. Shehee and thank you for all you did for everyone in the community.
Doug & Lucia Young
July 9, 2015
The Final Salute

Brothers in Arms, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged Hand Salutes as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This Hand Salute is the last that we shall render to Virginia Ruth Kilpatrick Sheehee a true American Patriot and Philanthropist who demonstrated her patriotism to the Ark-La-Tex veterans community by contributing time and time again to American Legion Post 14 and to other veteran causes. To Virginia's family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for her. And to Virginia it is rendered to thank her for the many patriotic services she rendered to our community, our state and our nation. Virginia, we bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our community. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,061 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Virginia's family, her loved ones and the Roseneath-Kilpatrick employees.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James Maziraz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
July 9, 2015
Virginia was a person you would miss a lot if you had not known her. In my encounters with her I found her to be gracious and most humble. She gave much to her DAR Pelican chapter and was a true asset to Pelican .
Ann F Graham
July 9, 2015
Such an inspiration to Louisiana. Mrs Virginia never forgot where she came from and always treated all equally. The world has lost one of the finest
Lisa Copeland
July 9, 2015
I knew Mrs. Shehee from working at BPCC Continuing Education. When ever she saw me she always patted me on the shoulder. She was a very nice and gracious lady besides being an animal lover, an arts lover, and an outstanding civic leader. She will be greatly missed. Mrs. Shehee was one of a kind. My prayers go out to her family. She will be greatly missed.
Nancy Dantes
July 9, 2015
sending my prayers to the family and friends
Gwen Shelton
July 8, 2015
"Shreveport has lost one of it's most precious" A most generous member of our community. John Cariere
July 8, 2015
With deepest sympathy and utmost respect. It was truly an honor to have known Virginia Shehee. Her strength, wisdom and compassion will never be outdone. One of a kind. Jeff Rogers
July 8, 2015
What a wonderful woman!!!! My thoughts and prayers are with the Shehee family!
Carole Hillard
July 8, 2015
I will never forget Virginia's kindness to me when I was a young bride still new to Shreveport. There was a special place in heaven waiting for her.
Gayle Norton Goetz
July 8, 2015
Virginia was a lady, if you did not know, you really missed a lot. In my encounters with her I found a generous and most gracious lady. She was an asset to her Pelican DAR chapter,
My sincere condolences to the children.
Ann and Dave Graham
July 8, 2015
What a loss of someone who did so much for so many. Prayers and deepest sympathies for all those who loved her.
Beatrice Record
July 8, 2015

All I can say is that I loved her and Thank you Mrs. Virginia for all you did for me and my family
Dorothy Moore
July 8, 2015
Awesome lady who will be missed
July 8, 2015
Andy, Margaret & Nell, My deepest sympathy goes out to you. May the Lord comfort you at this time. JEANETTE HAWKINS
July 8, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with Virginia's family and friends. How blessed we are to have had her in our lives and in our community. She left her mark on Shreveport and all of Louisiana in such a grand and dignified way. The world is a better place thanks to this legendary woman who gave so unselfishly of her time, talents, and family. Thank you, Virginia, for the inspiration you provided me, personally, for more than three decades!
Carol Smitherman Anglin
July 8, 2015
My family and I wish to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. She always worked so hard to improve the lives of those around her and she will be missed. Chris Hallgren, Pelican DAR
Chris Hallgren
July 8, 2015
Gone but never Forgotten in our Hearts forever. My family and I have been blessed to have known such a wonderful and giving lady and to be apart of a great and wonderful family. Love Angela, Dudley Vaughan and Family
Angela and Dudley Vaughan
July 8, 2015
Virginia will always be remembered as a great lady, a great funeral provider, and a great senator. She will be remembered in our prayers.
With Deepest Sympathies,
Boyd Mothe
Boyd Mothe
July 8, 2015
I extend my most sincere sympathy to the Shehee family in their loss of Virginia Shehee. I pray God will give you comfort, peace and strength in the days ahead as you grieve her loss and joy as you cherish fond memories of her. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of many friends as well as her family!
Lynn Pickens Festavan
July 8, 2015
Our sincere sympathy from Richard and Jessie Johnson, Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve. We were blessed to have the opportunity to have known this wonderful lady and so grateful she took an interest and was there when needed. Much love and prayers to all.
July 8, 2015
There are few pleasures in life better than knowing Virginia.
dian tooke
July 8, 2015
Louisiana has lost a great and beautiful friend. There was none more giving than Virginia Shehee. It was my privilege to share political as well as many fun times with her. She was our Shreveport jewel in so many ways and her legend shall always endure. It was a honor to call you friend.
linda talbert
July 8, 2015
Margaret, Andy and family I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. I have many memories of conversations with your Mother and fun times we had when we were younger. She will be sorely missed around the community. My families thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God hold you in the palm of his hands and comfort you in this time of mourning.
Scott Wojtkiewicz
July 8, 2015
Virginia was always warm and kind to me and all of the Yogie and Friends volunteer staff. She loved what we did to rescue lions and tigers and we appreciated her kindness, and more often than not, her ideas and advice to our cause. She loved animals and often told me about her love of her LSU Tigers. She had a great sense of humor and she was an inspiration to me personally. I am blessed to have had an opportunity to have known her and am greatful that she took the time to be there for so many. She raised a great family too. Thank you Virginia for your ear and your kindness. You will be missed, but not forgotten. Blessings to all her family and everyone who loved her. God speed!
Jenny Senier
July 8, 2015
Our sincere sympathy from Pelican Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. Virginia Shehee was a long time member of our chapter. She will be missed by many.
Belinda Meacham Jones, Regent, Pelican NSDAR
July 8, 2015
Virginia Ruth Kilpatrick Shehee was North West Louisiana's own Wonder Woman. Everyone counted on her, loved her, respected her and she always wanted the best for everyone. She wanted you to step up and help where you could. Her positive light, drive and energy was palatable-- maybe even possibility somewhat even imitating to some but not to the underdog or disenfranchised. She scooped us all up under her hard earned/self-made mink coat and just loved us with ever fiber of her being. She left us all better than she found us(if you were luck- smelling of a little her shalimar perfume) THANK You THANK You VKS! Thank you all -- Shane, Nell, Andy and Margaret for sharing her with the rest of us.
K.C. Kilpatrick Stone
July 8, 2015
We wish to pay our deepest sympathy. May God Be with your family at this time. She was a good friend to our late Chairman Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Our hearts are with you. Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana-Chairman Joey P. Barbry, Trbal Council & Tribal Staff
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana-Chairman Joey P. Barbry, Tribal Council & Trbal Staff
July 8, 2015
Mrs Shehee was a very inspiring lady I worked for her for 9 years and she was always insightful caring and giving. she will be greatly missed.
elena farnell
July 8, 2015
Our deepest sympathy is with your family at this time. a special prayer for Nell and Andy who helped us so very much when my mom passed away almost 12 years ago. Mrs. Virginia will always be remembered for the special lady she was.May God be with you.
Robert,Debbie, Kayla & Robby Johnson
July 8, 2015
Mrs. Virginia was an inspiration to many. She was always a part of the "Gift of Life" When I started with LOPA (Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency) 10 years ago, I met with Mrs. Virginia on organ and tissue donation. She was so loving to her families and stressed this from day one her service was supporting the donor families and honoring the wishes to save and enhance lives. Thank you for being a passionate person when serving others and their needs. You have instilled this in your staff. Thank you from your LOPA family
Pam Cart
July 8, 2015
There are not enough words to describe this wonderful lady, my family grew up in 4-H Club and all of my life I witnessed this great lady support so many. I hugged her lots of times for the help she gave us. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Ken Kennington
July 8, 2015
I'll never forget Mrs. Shehee & Kenneth Garvin at the livestock shows every year at the fairgrounds. I know Senator Ron Bean thought a lot of her. She will be missed by many. Prayers for family & friends. RIP Mrs. Shehee.
Ginny Bean
July 8, 2015
We have all truly lost a gem.May the Lord comfort the family.May she rest in his heavenly arms.
David Ain
July 8, 2015
To Nell and Graham, and to all the family, Diana and I extend our most sincere prayers and condolences. Virginia was a tower of strength to all, and especially to me while at the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. I will never forget her.
Peter & Diana Moriarty
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