Shelia Woodson Fikes, age 71, of Lake Brownwood, was born Feb. 5, 1941, in Claremore, Okla. She was preceded in death by her parents, O.M. and Lois Woodson, also of Claremore, Okla.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James W. Fikes; three children, Kimberly and husband Ken Kelso of Midland; Stephanie Lynne and husband Ron Smith of Del Rio; and James O. Fikes and wife Noelle of Pearland; seven grandchildren, Kade, Kelsi, Kara, Daniel, Tyler, James Caldwell and Hailee Noelle; five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Gunner, Skylar, Karson, and Leila Grayce; one brother, the Dr. L.M. Woodson of Claremore, Okla.; one sister, Barbara Oxford of Collinsville, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Rocky Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Justice officiating, assisted by the Dr. L.M. Woodson. Burial will follow at Rocky Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood.

She was a teacher who loved teaching, and especially the reading classes. She loved every student she taught. She was an avid reader. She loved animals, and was especially fond of cats. Any cat that came on the home place would wind up being adopted. She was an accomplished painter and did many oils that she shared with friends. She would not accept commissions because it would become work and would no longer be fun. She particularly enjoyed surprising a friend with an unexpected gift.

She had a deep and abiding love for her church and Sunday school class, the Samaritan Class. Often she would comment what a great, loving, helping, and caring class that it was. She was a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Ministries in Brownwood. It was a very rewarding experience for her. She received great pleasure from her work there because it was a way of helping those in need. Her favorite expression was, “The Lord wants me there, and that is where I am going to be”.

She taught in four schools: Liberal, Kan., Brownwood, Cross Roads, and Sweeny, Texas. She enjoyed her co-workers at each school, but felt especially close to the Woodland Heights faculty. After retiring, the occasional get-together with old friends was very enjoyable.

The family requests that donations be made to Good Samaritan Ministries, in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be left for the family at www.davismorrisfuneralhome.com .