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Oleta Mae Shepard Allen

of Sherwood, AR, 1923 - 2019

Oleta Mae Shepard Allen (Gan Gan), 96, of Sherwood, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, August 1, 2019. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, as well as a friend to all. She was born July 17, 1923, in Shawmut, Arkansas.
Oleta graduated from Fairview High School in Camden, Arkansas. She graduated from Arkansas State A&M College (SAU) in Magnolia with an Associate of Arts degree then later obtained her Library Science degree from Oklahoma State University in 1967. She spent 41 years teaching and working with students. Oleta retired from Sylvan Hills High School as Librarian in 1984.
Oleta was a member of First Baptist Church of Sherwood for 55 years with many of those years teaching Sunday school.
She was preceded in death by her parents, N.W. and Effie Lee, her husbands, James H. Shepard and Charles L. Allen, brother-in-law, Harold Brinson and niece, LeeAnn Hughes. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Ken Colbert of Sherwood, son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Renee Shepard of Jonesboro, three grandchildren and spouses, and six great-grandchildren, two sisters and one brother. Also included as survivors are a stepdaughter and stepson along with nieces, nephews, and many friends.
The family would like to thank our angels that became like family. Her caregiver, Mae, who spent countless hours day and night with her as well as Aaryn and Trish, from Baptist Hospice. They treated her like a queen and she loved it!
Visitation will be Sunday, August 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. and funeral services on Monday, August 5, at 10 a.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills in North Little Rock. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Sherwood or the TeleBible Sunday School Class at Immanuel Baptist Church, Lithe Rock, Arkansas. To share a memory of Oleta with her family visit

Published August 3, 2019

Griffin Leggett — Rest Hills
7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-835-3515