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La Neva E. (Scott) Shephard, 89, of Ontario, died May 7, 2005 in an Ontario assisted-living facility.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the First United Methodist Church in Ontario. The Rev. Linda Tucker will officiate. A graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. (PDT) at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Lienkaemper Funeral Chapel in Ontario.
La Neva was born July 10, 1915 to Herbert H. and Myrtle F. (Powell) Scott in Oroville, Wash. As a small child she moved and eventually settled with her family in Baker City, where she was an excellent student, graduating from Baker High School with a Certificate of Honor. La Neva also studied accounting, and was soon employed by W. C. Calder Enterprises, working within their offices.
La Neva fell in love and soon married Wallace D. Shephard of Baker City on June 20, 1937 in Klamath Falls in the Christian Church. While Wallace was working in Klamath Falls, La Neva spent her days working as a personal secretary to Dr. A. Soule, M.D., and soon after worked for Shaw Lumber Co. as a secretary in their Klamath Falls office.
Upon returning to Baker, La Neva worked as a secretary for the Baker Wholesale Grocery Co., and later resigned from that job to raise her growing family. When all of her five children were in school, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Baker Goodyear Store. In 1964, La Neva, her husband and daughter Christina moved to Weiser, Idaho, where they operated the Washington Hotel Dining room for six years.
In 1970, La Neva and her husband operated the La Paloma Restaurant in Ontario for 5 years and she eventually worked as a bookkeeper for the Charlois Restaurant where Wallace was executive chef until they both retired in 1985. La Neva was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Baker City and Ontario, the Community Concert Association, a long-standing member of the Disabled American Veteran Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, a past member of the Elk’s Emblem Club, and a past secretary of The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Weiser.
La Neva, known for her wonderful smile, was an incredibly devoted wife and mother.
She is survived by her five children, Sharron L. Ewing and her husband, Duane, Wallace Scott Shephard and his wife, Sherrie, Carolyn E. Medlin and her husband, Jerry, Delbert H. Shephard, and Christina E. Bonadiman and her husband, Brent; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and her brother, William H. Scott, and his wife, Nan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a great-grandchild, Kassandra Ewing.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 13, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor