Graveside services for Ermal Jean Shepard, 85, Lawrence, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Oak Hill Cemetery. Ermal passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at North Care Hospice House in N. Kansas City, MO.
Ermal was born on July 4, 1937, in Merriam, KS, the daughter of Howard M. and Ruth Isabell (James) Estelle.
She married Don Shepard on October18, 1957, in Lawrence, KS. He preceded her in death on May 9, 2016.
Survivors include her children, Julie D. Lane, Charles E. Shepard, siblings, Karlene (Curtis) Moore, Norman ‘Tony’ (Jessie) Estelle, Loretta Carraher, Lynn Estelle, grandchildren, Jessica Y. Colon, Catherine Shepard, Jolie Shepard, Caleb Shepard, Colin Shepard, great-grandson, Jordan A. Colon, brother-in laws, Steven C. (Ruth) Shepard, William H. (Alecenia) Shepard, and sister-in laws, Cleo J. (Greg) Jackson, and Mary Shepard.
Ermal was also preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Howard M. Estelle Jr., Everett Estelle, Kenneth Estelle, Beverly M. King, grandson, Enrique A. Colon III, brother-in law, James R. Shepard, son-in law, Gilbert Lane.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ermal's name to St. Luke AME Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.
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