Elizabeth Hollister Sheppard Woolley

February 24, 1938 - June 02, 2024


Obituary For Elizabeth Hollister Sheppard Woolley

Elizabeth Hollister Sheppard Woolley, beloved wife of LaRon Palmer Woolley of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital on Sunday June 2, 2024 at the age of 86.

On February 24, 1938, Betty was born in Calgary, AB, to John Hollister Sheppard III and Emma Fisher. She was the third of four children. In 1957, Betty met Ron, when both were members of the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus. They were married on June 27, 1964, in the Cardston Alberta Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Betty had been teaching elementary school for a few years in Edmonton, AB and Fort Saskatchewan, AB. During their first year of marriage, Betty and Ron both taught school in Calgary. When Ron returned to graduate school in Edmonton, Betty did some substitute teaching. When children started to arrive, family became and remained her focus. Their life together has been filled with family, faith, music, service and travel.

As a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Betty served in numerous teaching, leadership and musical capacities. From 1985-1987, she was the organist at the Laie Hawaii L.D.S. Temple. In 1999, she prepared and conducted one of the choirs for the dedication of the Edmonton Alberta Temple. From 2002-2005, she served with her husband in leading the Church’s missionary endeavors in several South Pacific Island nations. And from 2008-2011, she served as matron of the Suva Fiji Temple where her husband presided.

Betty is survived by her loving husband Ron; five living children: Michelle, Richard (Félicité), Cara Disney (Brad Rennie), Kathryn Duncan (Reid), and Merrill (Shondelle); daughter-in-law Gemma Marcelino Woolley; 20 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her parents, brother John Hollister Sheppard IV, sister Mary Sheppard Decker, son Kevin LaRon Woolley, and great-granddaughter Melanie Andrews.

Betty will be sorely missed by her family and the many who knew and loved her.

A Viewing will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 10:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grande Prairie (11212 – 102 St). Service to follow at 11:00 am, and interment to follow after.

For those unable to attend in person, the service will be livestreamed via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 931 1949 2204

Passcode: 573216

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  • June 11, 2024

    Ron and Family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Debbie Haiworonsky

  • June 08, 2024

    Sincere prayers and thoughts to you and your family Ron. May your many memories comfort you. Linda Finlayson

  • June 06, 2024

    So sorry to hear of your loss Ron. Condolences and Hugs to you and your family

  • June 06, 2024

    So sorry for your loss Ron, I didn't know Betty but she sounds like a remarkable lady.

  • June 05, 2024

    Neal and I extend our deepest sympathy to you, Ron and to your family. May the love you shared comfort and sustain you in the days ahead.

  • June 05, 2024

    Arja and I shout Hallelujah all the day being fortunate to know the Woolley's most of our married life. We began as neighbours in Grande Prairie and shared many family and church occasions celebrating birthdays, weddings, funerals and service opportunities. We were blessed to share meals in their home and to see how a dedicated mother and father worked together to build an exemplary family and life together. Betty is a good lady. We are so grateful to have known her and learned many lessons by her example and service. God Bless your family as you have blessed ours. We love you. 🥰

  • June 05, 2024

    My sincere condolences to Ron and family. Judy Laughy

  • June 05, 2024

    2 ron and the kids my condolences 2 all of u betty was a wonderful lady so full of talent and gracious and now she's with her son kevin being angels 4 all of u u r in my prayers and till we meet again God bless

  • June 04, 2024

    Sincere condolences to Ron and Family; she was a wonderful, loving person. Elaine O'Hara

  • June 04, 2024

    Our deepest sympathies for Betty's family. Betty, Ron and their kids were wonderful family friends who lead by their example, sharing humor and love with us. We miss you all. Linda and Dan Finnen and Lynn Matthews

  • June 04, 2024

    Phil and I send our condolences. We always enjoyed seeing Betty at concerts and she was so friendly and kind and had a lovely smile. We are unable to attend the funeral because we are going down east. Hugs to you all from our family. Judy


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