Kaleta Cox Shepperson, was born at her home in Ozona, Texas to her parents Sam and Bertha Cox on December 7, 1911. Kaleta passed on September 27, 2020 at 108 years of age.
She married Edward J. Shepperson on August 17, 1950. He passed away in 1999. Ed was just Ed.
She was preceded in death by her parents and younger brother, James Conley Cox.
Kaleta graduated from Ozona High School and helped her aunt with the bookkeeping at the Joe Oberkamph store in Ozona. She later worked at the Ozona Post Office for 27 years before retiring.
She was a Christian and became a member of the Ozona First Baptist Church in 1940. She was the oldest member when the church had its 125th Anniversary Celebration in April 2017.
She had great pleasure in being in her kitchen and took delight in baking beautiful wedding cakes. She baked cakes for many descendants of families she had known all her life. She also loved flowers and took a special interest in the Iris. She won many awards for her flowers through the years.
She had many fond memories of growing up in a very different era. She had a wealth of knowledge of the pioneer families and times of Crockett County. She appreciated beauty and had a talent for painting and writing.
She had a great and special love for her family and that love was also extended to her friends that she had gathered over a span of years.
Kaleta was a member of the Ozona Chapter #287 of the Order of the Eastern Star. On consolidation with other chapters, she became a 59 year Order of the Eastern Star member of Fort McKavett Chapter #783. She also served as member of the Grand Representatives Association of the State of Texas in Kansas for the Order of the Eastern Star. Kaleta was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and she was also elected as a lifetime member of the Ziphron Temple 100 Daughters of the Nile in San Angelo, Texas.
Kaleta is survived by her nieces and nephews; her niece, Connie Jean and husband, Norman Lourenco Sr.; niece, Cassandra and husband, Carl Pastrone; niece, Rosalyn and husband, Steve Blaylock, all of Las Vegas, Nevada and her niece, Taylor and husband, Andrew Douglass and Theo from Palestine, Texas; her nieces Carlina and Ali Pastrone; Vanessa and Isabel Lourenco; her nephews, Norman Lourenco Jr. and wife, Sylvia; Kyle Blaylock and wife, Danielle; James Conley Lourenco, Sam Pastrone and Jordan and Isiah Blaylock, all of Las Vegas, Nevada.
She is also survived by her cousins, Katie Ross, of Ozona, Texas, Mike Foster and wife, Sherry, of Santa Fe, N.M. and Ed L. Chapman, of Anson, Texas.
Kaleta’s family would like to thank Mrs. Margie Moran for her many years of caring for Kaleta and seeing that was she was okay.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Ozona, Texas. Arrangements by Kerbow Funeral Home.