Birla Jane Shankle, 79, was born May 29, 1935 to Leonard Lowe and Lela Brown in Nacogodoches. She accepted Christ at a early age. She was a native of Nacogdoches, and resided in Orange, for 65 years.

Birla was love by her family members and everyone she came in contact with in the community. She was a faithful member of Salem United Methodist Church on Orange. She served as Sunday school teacher, financial secretary, treasurer, announcing clerk, trustee, SPRC committee, choir member and bereavement committee. Birla was a faithful server in the Orange and Jefferson county area. She served with the Orange Christian Services, Senior Citizens at Alexander Homes and the Gulf Coast Health Clinic as board member.

Birla went home to be the Lord on July 13, from her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband George Shankle Jr.

Going home celebration will be at 11:00 am Saturday at Salem United Methodist Church in Orange, with Pastor, Dr. Carolyn McCall Livingston officiating.

Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 am until time of service. Interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, under the direction of Colonial Memorial Chapel, Inc.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories her two sons, Willie Lowe (Sarah), and George Shankle (Joyce), both of Orange; daughter, Sharon D. Johnson of San Bernardino, Ca.; stepdaughter, Linda Laster; four brothers, S.T. Lowe (Mary) of San Francisco, Ca., Henry Lowe (Erma) of Orange, Johnny Ray Lowe of Silsbee, and Thomas Cartwright of Beaumont. She also leaves behind a special friend, Leroy of Orange, and eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.