COMANCHE — Betty Pepper, age 58, of Comanche died Thursday afternoon at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel of Comanche with the Rev. Matt Hall of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

She was born Feb. 19, 1949, in Odessa, Texas, the daughter of Doyle and Florene Story Shanks. She grew up in Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School. She later attended Midland College where she received her degree in nursing. She served in the U.S. Army from 1972 until 1975 and was discharged as a Sergeant with the Women’s Army Corps.

She married James Richard Pepper in Odessa on March 20, 1981. He preceded her in death. She lived in Midland for part of her adult life. She worked as a registered nurse for 14 years in several cities including Aransas Pass, Corpus Christi, De Leon and Comanche. She lived in Dallas for the past year until moving to Comanche when she became ill and returned to live with her mother.

She is survived by four Sons, Richard Pepper and wife Odelia of Chula Vista, Calif., Dale Ming and wife Becky of Aransas Pass, Texas, Cliff Ming of Texas, and Jonathon Pepper and wife Brandy of Houma, La.; three daughters, Karen Robichaux and husband John of Houma, La., Kristine Pepper and fianc/ Shawn Naquin of Houma, La., and Bethany Tipton and husband Seth of Corpus Christi, Texas; her mother, Florene Shanks of Comanche; and two brothers, Norman Shanks of Rhome, Texas, and Kenneth Shanks and wife Chin-Jen of Fort Worth, Texas; 12 grandchildren also survive as do a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Doyle Shanks; her husband, J. R. Pepper; and a daughter, Kelcie Pepper.

Friends are invited to sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net. Arrangments by Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, 1508 North Austin, Comanche.