Services for Betty Joyce Shepherd, 81, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma are 10:00 am, Saturday June 3, 2017, at Green Country Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Friday the 2nd, from 6-8pm. Officiating will be Chaplain Kevin Webster. Honorary pallbearers are Harold Dean Shepherd Jr, Shaw Kirk, Charles Bonnaha Sr, Jonathan Bonnaha, and Paul Escobeda. Final arrangements have been in the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences for the family may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.
Betty Joyce Shepherd was born in Phoenix, Arizona on January 22, 1936, to Callaway and Thurza (Ellis-Harris) Bonnaha. She passed away in Tahlequah, Oklahoma on May 28, 2017.
Betty grew up int Clarkdale, Arizona. She attended Bacone her Junior year of high school then returned to Mingus High School where she was a 1954 graduate. Following graduation Betty returned to Bacone where she would earn her Associate Degree.
Betty then moved to Tahlequah and attended Northeastern State University earning her Speech Pathology Degree from Northeastern.
While living in Tahlequah she met Harold Shepherd. She and Harold were married and they began their family together.
Betty began her career in education at Colcord where she worked for 5 years. While teaching she continued with her education, earning her Master's Degree in Reading. Betty began employment with Grandview school and worked there for 23 years, retiring after a total of 28 years in the education field.
Betty loved to dance, travel, and was a good artist. She had a love for people, animals, and sports cheering on the OU Sooners, and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Callaway and Thurza Bonnaha; the father of her children, Harold Shepherd Sr; and nephew, Charles Bonnaha.
Published on May 31, 2017