Nyla M. Shepherd

Nyla M. Shepherd, 92, of Fort Smith, Ark., formerly of Poteau, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Fort Smith.Nyla was born Dec. 8, 1920 in Sallisaw to John and Ellie (Head) Shepherd. She was a bookkeeper. Nyla was a devout Catholic. She was a member of the Franciscan Order in New Orleans, 3rd Order. She received the honor of being Volunteer of the Year in New Orleans for her work with the homeless. She lived to serve her God and her church.Survivors include her daughters, Yvonne Ramos of Palacios, Texas, Helen Wilson of Dallas; son, Charles Wilson of Boston, MA; sisters, Jean Brantley of Alamogordo, N.M., Betty Rice of Heavener; niece, Nadalyn Jaegar and husband Lloyd of Poteau; sister-in-law, Betty Shepherd; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau.Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Immaculate Conception in Church Fort Smith with Father Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau. Due to her love for the church Nyla specifically requested that donations be made to the church rather than on flowers.Evans and Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.