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Mildred F. (Shields) Epps


1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Mildred F. (Shields) Epps Obituary
Mildred F. Shields Epps passed away Sunday, September 11, 2016, in Kerrville, Texas. Mildred previously resided for many years in Sweetwater, Texas.
Mildred was born October 23, 1933, in Roswell, New Mexico, to Dewey Hobson Barnhill and William Elmer Shields. She graduated from Azle High School (Texas) in 1951; received a Bachelor of Education Degree from North Texas State University in 1954; and received a Master of Education Degree from Abilene Christian University in 1976.
She married L. Clovis Epps on June 16, 1956, and had three sons, John (Johnny) Lowell Epps, Gary Wayne Epps, and Jerald (Jerry) William Epps.
Mildred worked and retired after almost 30 years as a public school teacher having taught most of her career as a kindergarten or second grade teacher in the Sweetwater ISD. She was a member, deacon, board member, and bible study teacher for many years at the First Christian Church of Sweetwater. More recently, she was a member and occasional bible study teacher at the First Christian Church of Kerrville. She was also a very active member throughout her life in Beta Sigma Phi and the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.
Mildred is survived by her sons, John Epps and wife Michelle Epps of Mineola, Gary Epps of Beeville, and Jerry Epps of Austin; grandchildren, John Epps, Jr. of Euless, Amanda Epps McGinnis and husband Josh McGinnis of Granbury, and Kristen Ramirez of San Antonio; great grandchildren, Ryan Ramirez and Charlee Prado; her sister, Jimmie Smith of Dallas; many nieces and nephews; and hundreds of students whose lives she positively influenced. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Clovis Epps; her parents, Elmer and Dewey Shields; her brother, William Elmer Shields, Jr. of Azle; and her sister, Wilhelmina Shields Gladden of Fort Worth.
She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, a loyal friend, and a dedicated teacher. Her joy and devotion in life was always to her family. In a household with a husband and three sons, she rarely won a vote. Each Christmas, after watching "It's a Wonderful Life," she would claim that it was the first time she had seen the movie because "the boys were always watching football games." She did not have to see the movie version. She lived a wonderful life. She will be missed by all who knew her. As a friend of the family aptly stated, "There are so many wonderful things that need to be said about this sweet, loving lady."
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 16, 2016, at McCoy Funeral Home, 401 East 3rd Street, Sweetwater, Texas. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Bethel Church, 1611 Hailey, Sweetwater, Texas. Burial services will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 6412 IH 20 Frontage Road, Sweetwater, Texas. Family friend John Pennington will be officiating the services.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made at mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Sept. 16, 2016
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