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.
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us