Wilma Lois Higgins was born Jan. 28, 1924, to Albert Sidney and Salla (Jackson) Higgins at Hereford, Texas. Wilma graduated from Hereford High School and then attended Abilene Christian College for two years. She continued her education at West Texas State University at Canyon, Texas, graduating in 1945. Wilma began her teaching career at Portales, N.M., where she taught English and Spanish for about one year. She then moved to Texline, Texas with her family, where she met Ernest D. Sheets. They were married on Oct. 3, 1947. To this union three children were born. The Sheets made their home in Texline where she continued teaching until she retired in the mid 1970s. Wilma was very active in the Texline Community, volunteering at the VFW Auxiliary as well as the American Cancer Society. She taught Sunday school and was always active in the church. She belonged to the Elm & Hudson Church of Christ in Altus. She worked hard as a teacher and a farmer’s wife, as well as a very dedicated mother and grandmother.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Garland, Noel, Howard and Clyde; and one sister, Hazel.
She is survived by her husband Ernest; one daughter, Judy Pringle and her husband Ray of Lubbock, Texas; two sons, Bob Sheets and wife Vanna of Amarillo, and Dr. Randy Sheets and wife Debra of Altus; six grandchildren, Alison Tamplin and husband Daren of West Palm Beach, Fla., Lauren Prater and husband Michael of Memphis, Tenn., Jason Pringle of McKinney, Texas, Megan Driskill and husband Cory of Abilene, Texas, Jennifer House and husband Yancey of Abilene, and Jeff Sheets and wife Elena of Lubbock; and nine great-grandchildren, Abel, Solon, Emmett, Mallory, Cooper, Addison, Ansley, Grant and Aiden.
The family will greet friends Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Kincannon Gathering Room.
Online tributes may be made at kincannonfuneralhome.com
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or to the High Plains Children’s Home in Amarillo, Texas at www.hpch.org.