Alice-SheppardBUDA, Tex. (BNc) — Alice Ilene Cheatham Sheppard, 86, died Friday, May 23 in Austin. She resided in Buda.

She was born Sept. 16, 1927, to Walter Carl Cheatham and Allie Cly Francis Cheatham.

She married James E. Sheppard on Sept. 21, 1946. Alice was a teacher, counselor, author and freelance writer.

She taught in public schools for 11 years and for 18 years was a counselor specializing in children with learning disabilities.

One of her books was written especially for the Brazilian church and published in 1989. Eu Quero! Eu Posso! (I Desire! I Can!) focused on the roles, priorities, and self-image of the Christian woman.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University in 1950 and later a master’s degree in education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Alice is survived by three children: Claudia Kling and her husband, Dwight, of Austin; Phyllis Gonçalves and her husband, Antenor, of Itu, Brazil; and Randal Sheppard and his wife, Sally, of North Richland Hills.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a sister, a brother and a sister-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters, three brothers-in-law and a niece.

Burial was scheduled for May 28 in Abilene, Tex.