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Sheila Gabbard

October 26, 1942 ~ August 9, 2021 (age 78)


Sheila Frances (Kemper) Gabbard, 78, of Russell went home to be with the Lord on August 9, 2021, at King’s Daughters Medical Center.

Sheila was born October 26, 1942, to the late Fred and Jeanette Harris Kemper.

Sheila was a homemaker until age 40 when she started college and became a registered nurse. She worked as the midnight supervisor at Jo-Lin Health Center for 25 years.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Flatwoods. As a child, she and her parents were members of Pollard Baptist Church and were part of the mission group that started Rose Hill Baptist Church. She was also a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Gabbard.

She is survived by three children:  Terri Gabbard Sloas (Tom May) and her daughters Courtney and Dr. MacKenzie Sloas (Dr. Robby Wilson); Louie Gabbard and his wife, Terri and their son,  Dr. Michael Gabbard and his wife, Dr. Ashley Gabbard; and David Gabbard and his wife Kim and their sons, Cameron Bender, Brad Bender and his wife, Kelsey, and Greg Bender and his wife, Hannah.  Sheila was blessed by great-grandchildren, Harper, Ryan, Lila Kate, Benton, Elijah, Theo, and Silas.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Friday, August 13, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Flatwoods, with Pastor Jim Nichols officiating. Visitation will be after 11:00 am Friday at the church. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park.

Carman Funeral Home is caring for arrangements.

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