Lavonia Shepperd "Shep" Stuart
June 5, 1925  -  April 14, 2017

Lavonia Shepperd "Shep" Stuart

HarperTalasek Funeral Home
500 W. Barton Ave.
Temple, TX  76501
Monday, April 17, 2017
6 - 8 p.m.
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Bellwood Memorial Park and Cemetery
8575 Airport Road
Temple, TX  76504
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
10:00 a.m.
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Bellwood Memorial Park
8575 Airport Road
Temple, TX  76504
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Graveside services for Lavonia “Shep” Shepperd Stuart, 91, of Temple, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Bellwood Memorial Cemetery in Temple with Tom Henderson officiating.

Mrs. Stuart passed away Friday, April 14, in Corsicana, Texas.

Lavonia Shepperd Stuart was born June 5, 1925 in Temple, Texas to William Watson Shepperd and Cynthia Virginia Garmony Shepperd. Lavonia was determined and hard working and began working for her Dad at 13. She graduated from Temple High School in 1941 at the age of 16. She wanted to be an attorney and attended Baylor University for one year, but was too young for college at 16. She married Charles William Stuart on September 7, 1946, and they went on to have two children, David and Rebecca. Bill attended the University of Texas and so began Shep’s love of the great Texas Longhorns. She was often found wearing her favorite burnt orange. She worked in banking, but spent much time doing things for others making baby blankets, baby caps and just about anything for her many friends. She and Bill traveled from the East to West Coast in their motor home and made many wonderful friends and memories. Bill would always say she was “a tough old bird”. She was. She loved her family, friends and community with that same strength and dedication. She had a strong faith and loved lighthouses, and believed that He was the great lighthouse. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Temple.

Mrs. Stuart was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and two brothers, James A. Shepperd and Claude Shepperd.

Survivors include her son, C. David Stuart and wife Nita; daughter, Rebecca Gandy and husband Nick; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and two nieces. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Lavonia’s memory to a charity of your choice.

Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Providence Hospice of Mexia
    Mexia, TX

    May the love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. We offer our most sincere condolences for your loss.

    In Deepest Sympathy,

    Providence Hospice of Mexia.

  2. Penny Zeman, SW-Providence Hospice
    Mexia, TX

    Thank you so much for letting us get to know Ms. Shep and taking care of her whie at Brookdale. We all enjoyed her witty sense of humor and sweet smile. I know we will all miss her! Much love and prayers to you and the family!

  3. Mellicent Sikes Wiley
    Huntsville, TX

    The Stuart's were our neighbors in the Meadow Oaks subdivision in Temple, TX. My siblings (Sammy, Freddy & Shelley) & I grew up together. I remember lots of wonderful fun that our families shared together. We spent countless hours together & still stay in contact on FB. My heart goes out to David & Becky & their families on the loss of their sweet mother. I have been praying for you today. May God bless you during this time.

  4. Judy
    Temple, TX

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. I know for sure Mrs. Stuart is already in Heaven getting back with Mr. Stuart, all her family and friends.
    I bet she is tatting to make a gift for someone.

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